Illinois holds a great diversity of natural habitats and communities, from cypress swamps in the south, beech maple forests in the east, tallgrass prairies in the central region, steep bluffs and palisades along the western rivers, bogs and wetlands in the northern counties, and numerous other unique natural communities in between.

kankakee mallow illinois★ August 1st through 3rd ★ This weekend event organized by the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society will be an in-depth look at the flora and natural history of the Kankakee Sands region.

Exciting trips are scheduled to some of the highest quality sand savanna, shrub prairie, and sandy wetland habitats in all of Illinois. Registration for this event is now closed.

As a state, we have long been blessed with a great legacy of individuals and organizations that have devoted immense time and efforts toward the study, protection, and care of our natural resources.  Please join us as we strive to uphold this legacy and share our appreciation of Illinois' natural treasures with current and future generations.

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Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Iroquois County, Illinois  (photo by Chris Benda)

Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Iroquois County, Illinois
photo by Chris Benda