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Tour at Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve

August 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Kick-off IL Nature Preserves weekend with an inspiring walk in the region of historical Nature Preserve advocate, George Fell.

This is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Illinois Nature Preserves and Natural Land Institute is pleased to be a part of this celebration weekend.

Join us for an exciting tour at the Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve! Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as we explore this stunning preserve located on Big Mound Road, just east of White Rock Road in Ogle County.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the diverse flora and fauna that call this preserve home. Our knowledgeable staff from the Natural Land Institute will share interesting facts and stories about the local wildlife, plants, and history of the area.

This nature preserve offers breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply looking for a relaxing outing, this tour is perfect for you.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to connect with nature and learn more about the Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve. Grab your friends and family, and join us for an unforgettable experience!

Reserve your FREE spot here.

Beach Cemetery Prairie was acquired by the Natural Land Institute in 1972 from the descendents of people buried in the cemetery. A 0.64-acre buffer was purcahsed by the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County and donated to the Natural Land Institute in 1992. Beach Cemetery Prairie is a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve.  .

More About Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve

The postage stamp size upland prairie at Beach Cemetery is one of the rarest protected habitats in Illinois. Conservationists from the area are keenly aware of this gem that was dedicated an Illinois Nature Preserve in September of 1971. Stewardship of the property involves control of invasive species, prescribed fire, and monitoring of rare plant populations. Post-settlement land uses include the cemetery as the name suggests, as well as grazing. Those who visit the property will quickly notice that much of the surrounding land has been tilled and used to grow commodity grains. In this respect, the protected parcel offers a glimpse of what was, and provides a chronology of one of the most dramatic land-use transformations on the planet.

Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve is almost 3 1/2 acres in size, of which 1 1/2 acres are grade A and B dry-mesic prairie. The predominant rise or mound on which the prairie sits is a glacial kame, a hill built from sand and gravel deposition when ice once covered much of our local landscape. The amazing floral diversity that continues to thrive at Beach Cemetery is representative of a vast prairie complex that stretched from where the Kishwaukee River meets the Rock, on down to the Illinois River and beyond. The preserve lies within the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division, and is very close to the Grand Prairie Natural Division.



August 25, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Beach Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve
3VH9+CW Davis Junction, Illinois
Davis Junction, IL 61020 United States
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