DETAILS: 2017 Details TBA
Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park, Route 140, Alton, IL
Second and fourth Tuesdays, April - October, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Take a trip back in time to see what Illinois once looked
like. Although Illinois still is known as the "Prairie State," less
than 0.01% of Illinois' original 21 million acres of prairie remains in isolated
patches around the state. One such place is the 27 acre tall grass Heartland
the north side of Gordon Moore Park. Guides from The Nature Institute in Godfrey
and the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club will lead you along the trails and
help you identify a variety of wildflowers and grasses including Rosinweed, Purple and Grayhead Coneflowers,
Flat-topped Spurge, Blazing Star, Partridge Pea, Rattlesnake Master, and a
variety of sunflowers.
||Insect repellent is recommended as
ticks can be a problem
The Heartland Prairie is always open during park hours and
hosts nine species of native prairie grasses and 150 prairie wildflowers that
are native to Madison County and surrounding Illinois counties. The wildflowers
bloom at different parts of the year guaranteeing a different show for repeat
visitors. If you want to see wildflowers this is the place to visit!
Meet at the trailhead, located across from the main
entrance to the park and make a right at the first road. Field Guides will be
comfortable shoes for this half-mile walk, and donít
forget to bring your camera and binoculars!
For more information call
N 38 54.769
W 90 06.223
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