Poag Sand Prairie Update & Temporary Closure

Poag Sand Prairie Update & Temporary Closure

Attention: Poag Sand Prairie Closed in July for Restoration Poag Sand Prairie in Edwardsville will be closed to the public throughout July for prairie restoration work. Volunteers, conservation staff, and contractors have worked hard for several years at the prairie...
The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

 llinois is known as “the Prairie State,” and prairies used to cover two-thirds of the state. Today, only 0.01% of original prairie remains in Illinois. Bison, cougars, grassland birds, turtles, frogs, butterflies, bees, and a vast array of plants were all...
Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Making it Safer to Get Outdoors and Get to Henry Raab Elementary School In 1969, almost half of all students walked or bicycled to school . But today, less than 15% of students walk or bicycle to school. This decline has harmed students’ health and contributed to...
Cycling: Positive Change for You and the Environment

Cycling: Positive Change for You and the Environment

In honor of National Bike Month, this May we encourage you to dust off your cycling gear and hit the trails, not only for the personal benefits but also for the impact that can be made in southern Illinois communities. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness, time with...
The Birds Are Calling

The Birds Are Calling

Imagine that you are in the midst of a long journey, your eyelids are heavy, your legs are stiff, and you desperately need a break. But what do you do if there’s nowhere to stop? From Canadian rivers up north to the Gulf of Mexico down south, our region sits...