Prairie Day
Shaw Prairie @ Skokie River Nature Preserve  
Saturday, October 7, 2023
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join the Shaw Prairie Stewards for their 3rd annual Prairie Day and become part of this dynamic and vibrant group of stewardship volunteers. LEARN MORE

Park at the west end of Laurel Avenue, west of Green Bay Road, walk over the bridge and meet your leaders at the preserve entrance kiosk on the right.

For more information please contact

In the fall of 2021 Lake Forest Open Lands joined forces with the Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves to promote a reinvigorated model of good care for our Skokie River Nature Preserve, one of the finest remnant prairies in Illinois. Core to the Friends’ approach is the belief that people from all walks of life are interested in conservation and will answer the call to make a difference in the preserves if given the chance. The Friends assemble cohesive groups of motivated ‘doers’ with a diverse set of strengths and talents. The Shaw Prairie Stewards works every Saturday morning, contributing hundreds of hours towards the health of our oldest preserve, Skokie River Nature Preserve. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Shaw Prairie Stewards’ community, please email

Lake Forest Open Lands offers many volunteer options including, Adventure in Restoration on Wednesday mornings and Eco-Crew on the first Saturday of most months October through May. Or, if you would like to help at one of our events please email We couldn't do the work we do without our many volunteers. Thank you!