Goose Lake Prairie Partners, through a grant from Midwest Generation and a special donation from Eric K. Peterson, is hosting the 16th annual Prairie Days at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area in Morris.
This free event begins promptly at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 in the auditorium where guests will be introduced to a new program, “Incredible Bats,” followed at 11 a.m. by a crowd favorite, “Traveling World of Reptiles” with Dave DiNaso.
“The Great Mistini,” Tom Wilkinson, will dazzle the crowd with his magic and illusions at 12:30 p.m. “Scales and Tales” with Beth Waggoner follows at 1:30 p.m. to complete the day with their entertaining animal show.
Volunteer interpreter Judi Jackson will lead Wagon Rides at noon, 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to allow visitors to learn more about the Prairie. The Cragg Cabin Wagon Ride is at 11 a.m.
Crafts for children and the food tent will be located in front of the center. Lou Aiello and his traveling Native American Indian Museum and the Department of Conservation’s traveling van will be available for hands-on education of Indian life and the environment.
The gift shop will be open for souvenirs. The raffle for The Patriots Dream quilt will be held at 2:30 p.m. Funds will be used to help the Prairie Partners to hold more of these free public events. Fundraiser tickets will be on sale up to the time of the drawing. This quilt is handmade by the Prairie Partners.
Peterson’s contribution is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Openlands Project. For more information, visit www.gooselakeprairie.org or call 815-942-2899.