Guided Prairie Walks - Alton, Illinois


Bimonthly Nature Event
Guided Prairie Walks

Alton, Illinois

Second and fourth Tuesdays, April - October, 2019


Location: Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park, Route 140, Alton, IL

Dates: Second and fourth Tuesdays, April - October, 2019

Times: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Description: 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 Prairie on 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

Rattlesnake Master   Grayhead Coneflower
Rosinweed    Blazing Star 

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 provided, Wear comfortable shoes for this half-mile walk, and donít forget to bring your camera and binoculars!


For more information call 618-466-9930

Directions and Map:

GPS Coordinates
N  38  54.769
W 90  06.223

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