Welcome to Grand Prairie Friends!

Grand Prairie Friends is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, conservation organization composed of people from many walks of life who share a commitment to preserving and restoring tallgrass prairie and woodlands in east-central Illinois.

Our mission is to preserve and restore natural communities in east-central Illinois and to promote an understanding and appreciation of natural resources. We do this by acquiring and managing prairie and woodland remnants, conducting prescribed burns, propagating and planting indigenous prairie and woodland species in reconstructions and generating interest in prairies and woodlands through a variety of educational programs.

We would welcome anyone interested in joining us at a workday or other event!

What Can I Find On This Site?

Interested in Grand Prairie Friends and North American Prairie?
Use the menus above to help you find the information you want.

About GPF - Information about Grand Prairie Friends, its history, and its officers.

Getting Involved - How to become a volunteer and information about our summer program for paid interns.

Events - A list of our upcoming events and links to the Grand Prairie Friends publication, A Prairie Rendezvous.

Stewardship - A list of places that Grand Prairie Friends protects and information about being a steward of a prairie area and for stewards.

Resources - Information about prairies throughout the Midwestern part of North America as well as about prairie in individual states. There's also a brief history of prairie remnants in our local area. And if you want to introduce native prairie plants into your own landscaping, you can find information about that as well.