Here are the best websites and books with general information about prairies. Follow our links to learn about plant and animal wildlife and local prairies to visit near Champaign-Urbana.
- Conserve Nature — Goal to create a sustainable harmony with nature.
- Prairies Forever — Advocates the conservation of prairies and contains links such as “Creating a Prairie“ and “Visit a Tallgrass Prairie”
- Prairies in the Prairie State — Online exhibit produced by the Illinois State Museum
- Touring Prairie Trail — Tour of a Mississippi prairie, including prairie birds, insects, and plants
- North American Prairie — A resource for plants, animals, and grasslands
- Prairie Grasslands by Wayne Lynch
- Prairie Food Chains by Kelley MacAulay
- Prairies by Melissa Cole
- Prairies by Aaron Frisch
- Prairie Numbers: An Illinois Number Book by Kathy-Jo Wargin
- see more prairie books in the library catalog
Prairie Places to Visit
Anita Purves Nature Center
This environmental education facility is free to the public. It is located at the north end of Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, with an entrance off Broadway. The Nature Center and adjacent Busey Woods provide a natural resource to individuals, families, and groups interested in learning more about the outdoors.
Meadowbrook Prairie Restoration
Located on the southeast corner of Windsor and Race Streets in Urbana, Meadowbrook is a nature preserve and has a mowed trail that leads through acres of tall and short grass prairie. Guided tours and field trips are available.
Wildlife Prairie Park
Located near Peoria, Illinois, the park keeps animals that lived in Illinois during the pioneer days, including wolves, bison, water birds, black bear, elk, cougar, and otter, plus a butterfly garden. Naturalists are available to visit the classroom between November and May.