Save the Prairie Society (STPS) was chartered in 1975 as a non-for-profit organization. Since then, dedicated volunteers have worked to preserve and restore the 80 acre Wolf Road Prairie and bufferlands in Westchester, Cook County, Illinois. STPS partners with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to promote and protect the natural resources of Wolf Road Prairie and the c.1850′s Franzosenbusch Prairie House Nature Center and Museum located at the north end of the preserve.
STPS believes it is critical to save natural areas and wildlife habitat. Saving natural areas as “living museums” ensures a wilderness experience for visitors and connects people with their natural heritage. Today, less than 1/100th of 1% of high quality original prairie remains in Illinois. These sobering statistics establish the rarity of the Wolf Road Prairie landscape and identify why the primary purpose of STPS is to work toward its protection and restoration.
In 1993, Save the Prairie Society launched the Natural Areas Rescue Fund (NARF), a land acquisition project to save imperiled “orphan” natural areas and threatened and endangered species and to offer new choices and solutions to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity in Illinois. NARF has been involved in saving four natural areas — Macoupin Woods, Mineral Marsh, Hancock Savanna and Tomlin Timber Nature Preserve
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10327 Elizabeth St
Westchester, Illinois 60154-3515 Phone:
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