Matching Grant Received!
    The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded Prairie Lands Foundation a matching grant for stewardship activities! This grant will help fund removal of invasive tree and shrub species from Fugate Woods, planting of the habitat along the Vermillion River/Fugate Woods and Indian Creek/James Family Woods, and over-seeding forb species diversity of prairie restoration along the Bluestem Trail. You can help by volunteering (work day opportunities are posted seasonally here on the website) or by donating. With the Challenge Grant, your funds will be matched three times! $25 turns into $100! To donate, please make a check payable to Prairie Lands Foundation and mail to Prairie Lands Foundation, c/o David Hammer, 104 E. Locust St., Fairbury, IL 61739. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent under the law.

Naturally Illinois 2015 Expo
    April 17 & 18, 2015, in Champaign, IL. You’ll find over 50 exhibits, hands-on activities, and
demonstrations about the natural and cultural resources of Illinois.

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Fugate Woods Nature Preserve is located in the abundant prairie croplands of Central Illinois, just 2 1/2 miles northeast of Fairbury, Illinois. This natural area contains more than 150 acres of native timber and restored prairie. Visitors are invited to hike the serene grounds and trails, rich in wildlife and native plants.

A variety of programs and events offer unique opportunities for all interested age groups. Fugate Woods also presents a living classroom environment for the public and charitable/education organizations.


Trails are open daily*, sunrise to sunset, foot traffic only, pets must be leashed

*Excepting Mother's Day and firearm deer season.

For the preservation of the habitat and well-being of all visitors:
No Alcohol, No Firearms, No Hunting, No Bicycles, No Vehicles, Leash All Pets


Saturday, April 11, 2015  9am-12noon:
Workday at James Family Woods

The public is invited to WELCOME SPRING to James Family Woods and help make a difference. Volunteer dedication is needed to help restore riparian habitat and enjoy the fellowship of a picnic lunch provided for all. 1000 native shrub and tree bare root seedlings, granted through the support of Trees Forever/Illinois Buffer Partnership, will again be planted
in on-going efforts to enrich the community’s public access natural habitats.  [ more details ]

For more information about any of these events, please see our Events page, or call The Woods Steward at: 815-692-8003

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