Fran Harty Receives the 2022 George and Barbara Fell Award

Natural Land Institute was pleased to present the George and Barbara Fell Award to Fran Harty at the Party on the Prairie Rocks fundraiser held at Nygren Wetland Preserve (Rockton, Ill.) on July 16, 2022. The award recognized outstanding leadership and accomplishments...

Ed Foster [email protected]

Cup plant, compass plant, rosinweed, senna, butterflyweed, and the largest lead plant (call Guinness!) I’ve ever seen greeted me as I walked up to Ed Foster’s door. Centered in the front yard of an average-sized Rockford city lot, Ed’s “island” of native plants...

Randy and Jessie Crow Mermel [email protected]

Before reaching the driveway, I knew immediately that I had come to the right place. Looking to my left, I saw purple and yellow coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and a number of other native species of prairie plants. Pulling into the driveway of Randy and Jessie Crow...

Paige Fitton and son Billy [email protected]

Natural Land Institute had an opportunity to certify the Fitton’s yard with beautiful natural landscaping for the [email protected] program in July. When you notice the native grasses like little bluestem and butterfly weed growing, it becomes very inviting and makes...

Rockton Pelican Fest 2022

On May 21, more than 150 community members, many from Rockton, gathered in Settler’s Park and downtown Rockton to visit this year’s Rockton Pelican Fest– an event celebrating the American White Pelican. Local businesses provided specials and...

Kimberly Wheeler Johnsen Celebrates 10 Years at NLI

Kim W. Johnsen celebrated her 10-year anniversary last September as NLI’s Director of Marketing & Membership. When she started in the fall of 2011 she knew she had a huge learning curve. Her background was in theater and downtown association management. However,...
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