Prairie Grass Nature Museum

Prairie Grass Nature Museum Educational displays and exhibits that bring the outdoors in. Harts Woods surrounds us, waiting to be explored!
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06/05/2020

One sunny afternoon sitting at a nearby preserve, I saw all these plants in addition to insects, birds and bees I was unable to capture. What do you see when you stop and look? Answer in the comments!

06/05/2020
Cupcake

Cupcake enjoys her lunch, too!

06/05/2020
Walter

Lunchtime at the Nature Museum.

An interesting fact about trees!
06/04/2020

An interesting fact about trees!

Love our trees and ever wonder about why they sprout small branches like this one? They are epicormic sprouts and emerge from dormant buds along the trunk and branches of the tree. Their growth can be triggered by new exposure to the sun - like removal of surrounding buckthorn! Sprouts also grow from loss of branches in storms or over pruning to “improve” aesthetics. Sprout growth compensates for the loss of leaf surface needed to increase amounts of photosynthesis, and it does require a lot energy and resources to generate the growth. When epicormic sprouts are removed/pruned, it triggers more of them to grow as the tree will need more photosynthetic tissue to compensate for the wounding, thus defeating the purpose of removing them in the first place.

Round Lake Area Park District
06/01/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

Some local residents have reported an upturn in ticks. If you are out walking or hiking in a woodsy area or area with tall grasses, be sure to check yourself and pets for ticks afterward. For more information about ticks in Lake County, visit the Lake County Forest Preserves site, www.lcfpd.org/tickinfo/

Round Lake Area Park District
06/01/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

Have you started reading "Silent Spring"? It's not too late to join the Green Readers Book Club for this summer. The first book is "Silent Spring." You don't have to finish the entire book to join the discussion, which will be at 6:30 p.m. June 10. To register: https://bit.ly/2XeMoWw

I love this tiny flower. Have you found it, yet?
05/26/2020

I love this tiny flower. Have you found it, yet?

A Spring flower you may have missed. The tiny wild ginger flower is located at the base of the plant below the leaves. Like a treasure hunt the first time you find them. See details on each photo.

05/25/2020
Planting Vegetables

Learn about planting vegetables from Kathy Paczynski, Recreation Supervisor-Prairie Grass Nature Museum.

Some really interesting information about Illinois endangered ornate box turtles.  Have a look!
05/20/2020

Some really interesting information about Illinois endangered ornate box turtles. Have a look!

The ornate box turtle is a state-threatened species in IL. INPC staffer, Kim Roman, is leading a research/tracking project with IDNR, The Nature Conservancy, students and community members in the Kankakee Sands. The goal is to identify their preferred habitats to prioritize conservation efforts, management strategies, and protection.

05/18/2020
How to divide perennials

Learn how to divide perennials from Kathy Paczynski, Recreation Supervisor - Prairie Grass Nature Museum

Here is a picture of how the nest looks in the birdhouse!
05/17/2020

Here is a picture of how the nest looks in the birdhouse!

Read and discuss a variety of influential books relating to health and nature this summer. Even if you don't read the ma...
05/16/2020

Read and discuss a variety of influential books relating to health and nature this summer. Even if you don't read the material in its entirety, all interested people are welcome at the discussion. The first book, for June 10, is Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Registration required: visit https://bit.ly/2Z1hnH4.

05/14/2020
Lake County Forest Preserves

If you didn't get enough of spring wildflowers from me, here are some more!

WILDFLOWER WALK 🌼: Take a plant-tastic virtual journey through Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods. Eileen Davis and Mark Hurley, Environmental Educators, share interesting tidbits about spring ephemeral wildflowers there, from Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) to marsh marigold (Caltha palustris). 😌

Round Lake Area Park District
05/14/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

Make a kite and go fly it outside! (once the rain stops and while maintaining social distancing)
Don't know how? Find directions here: www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kite
Share a photo or video in the comments or send to [email protected]. Enter by Sunday at midnight to possibly win a goody bag!

Round Lake Area Park District
05/13/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

Read and discuss a variety of influential books relating to health and nature this summer. Even if you don't read the material in its entirety, all interested people are welcome at the discussion. The first book, for June 10, is Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Registration required: visit https://bit.ly/2Z1hnH4.

Great news!  It looks like a wren is making a nest in our "see through" bird house at the Nature Museum.  I don't want t...
05/12/2020

Great news! It looks like a wren is making a nest in our "see through" bird house at the Nature Museum. I don't want to disturb her now, but I will keep you posted on the progress!

Happy Mother's Day from the Prairie Grass Nature Museum!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day from the Prairie Grass Nature Museum!

05/08/2020
More Spring Wildflowers

Learn to identify more spring wildflowers in this short video! Then take a look at a Forest Preserve or garden and see if you can find them there. Please comment on what you find, and where!

05/05/2020
Hart's Woods in Spring

I found all these flowers, or plants about to flower at Hart's Woods. Take a walk and look for them! If you find something I missed, please post a picture (or if you find one in bloom that I did not catch)! Looking for spring flowers in like a treasure hunt...you never know what you'll find!

05/03/2020

IF you see this flower in your yard, PULL IT!! It is invasive "garlic Mustard". Each plant as more than 80,000 seeds. It prevents other plants from growing. Let's eradicate this pest. See slide show for my personal pulling instructions. See, grab, pull, check that you got the root, and repeat as often as necessary!

Child Development Center of the Round Lake Area Park District
05/01/2020

Child Development Center of the Round Lake Area Park District

Have fun with music at home! There' still time to sign up for our Rock 'n' Kids program. For more details, visit www.rlapd.org/virtual-programs

05/01/2020
Round Lake Area Park District

Round Lake Area Park District

Thanks for sharing your pet photos and videos with us! Enjoy our virtual pet parade.

Round Lake Area Park District
04/30/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

It's Hairstyle Appreciation Day!
So, it's been awhile since you've been able to see your barber or hairstylist. Have you gotten creative with your hair? Share a fun photo or video in the comments or send to [email protected] by midnight Sunday. We'll pick one to win a goody bag!

04/28/2020
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Interesting facts about raccoons!

Know which of the 5 senses is most important for a raccoon?

Find out in this Nature Minute with Jen Rydzewski, a naturalist at our Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center.

#natureminute

Round Lake Area Park District
04/23/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

This week, let's create a Virtual Pet Parade! These little buddies make the quarantine more bearable, so let's celebrate them. Share a photo or video in the comments or send by email to [email protected] and tell us what you love about them. We will randomly choose one pet to be our parade's grand marshal (and award them a goodie bag!)

We've counted all the way down to Earth Day!You can celebrate the Earth with these two activities:Observe wildlife: Find...
04/22/2020

We've counted all the way down to Earth Day!
You can celebrate the Earth with these two activities:
Observe wildlife:
Find a secluded spot and sit still outside for as many minutes as you are old. Don’t make noise or move! Make a note of what you see and hear. An app such www.inaturalist.org can help you record, catalog and share what you have found. (The app also facilitates connection with thousands of scientists to help users identify the species they have observed.)See, https://nhpbs.org/wild/observing.asp for more ideas.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Celebrate this day by picking up trash in your neighborhood or yard. Be sure to wear gloves to keep your hands clean. Put found items in the proper disposal place!For more information about home recycling, look here: https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/recycling-basics-for-the-home/

Round Lake Area Park District
04/21/2020

Round Lake Area Park District

The Round Lake Area Park District is working hard to make sure we are providing you with the programming and open spaces you are looking for during this unique time. For us to best serve you, we are looking for your input. Your feedback will help us make sure we meet your needs as we continue through this time of social distancing as well as moving forward once we are able to reopen. Please take a moment to fill out a survey here: https://conta.cc/3bridzX.

For Tuesday, April 21, in our Count Down to Earth Day, Identify trees in your neighborhood or yard. Apps such as leafsna...
04/21/2020

For Tuesday, April 21, in our Count Down to Earth Day, Identify trees in your neighborhood or yard. Apps such as leafsnap.com or the online tree identification field guide from the Arbor Day Foundation (https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/), can help you identify the trees and plant species in your area.
• Looking at Leaves- in English(https://www.plt.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/PLT_Act64_Looking_at_Leaves.pdf) and Español (https://www.plt.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/PLT_Act64_Observaci%C3%B3n-de-hojas.pdf): Take a closer look at leaves, their characteristics, and how they can be used to identify plants.
Smartphone Demonstration:
• Looking At Leaves (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdS5RBH_EeE), thanks to Alabama PLT

For Monday, April 20, in our Count Down to Earth Day, Observe Bird behaviors. Can you see a bird that is:Singing? Walkin...
04/20/2020

For Monday, April 20, in our Count Down to Earth Day, Observe Bird behaviors. Can you see a bird that is:
Singing? Walking? Hopping?
Swimming? Soaring? Flying?
In a flock?
Gathering nesting material?
On a nest?
Climbing a tree trunk?
Feeding on plants?
Eating an insect?
Preening?
Bathing in water?
Sleeping?
Take a photo or draw a picture and share it in the comments!
For more information on bird behavior, look here:https://www.audubon.org/news/12-fascinating-bird-behaviors-2018-audubon-photography-awards

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860 Hart Rd
Round Lake, IL
60073

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Sunday 11:00 - 14:00

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