April Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the April Tree of the Month is the Bebb Willow (Salix bebbiana), Height: 27 feet 3-inches, Crown Spread: 20 feet 9.5 inches, Circumference: 32-inches. This legacy tree may not be large, but it sure is for its kind! Bebb Willow is a...

Willowy Wonderland: Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has 8

Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has eight different willow species and you should plant some, too! By Alan Branhagen, NLI Executive Director I had my first site visit to Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek on Friday, August 4 (2023). It is a wetland wonderland with...

Lost Flora Fen Approved as Nature Preserve

Natural Land Institute (NLI) is excited to announce that land owned by the 65 year old conservation land trust, Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek in northern Winnebago County, was given final approval by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) at their 246th...

Lost Flora Fen Open House

The Open House at Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek was held on Sat., Oct. 7, 2023 on a beautiful, crisp, fall day. Guests were treated to refreshments, wagon rides and guided tours. Thank you to Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for suppporting this event with...

Open House at Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek

We invite you to come explore the 387-acre Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek during this Open House from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when we will have ongoing guided tours and wagon rides, or you can walk around on your own. Easy hiking. Dress for the weather and wear...
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