The new Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve, 7535 Cherry Valley Rd. opened October 12th, 2012. This 43 acre nature area was purchased by the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District with a grant partnership from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The Conservation Foundation also assisted in this land preservation effort. Oak savannah, wetland, fen, stream, prairie and forest habitat is featured at this diverse natural resource area. Hiking trails and picnic areas at Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve will give visitors beautiful views of the landscape. In addition, outdoor activities such as bird watching, nature photography, and environmental educational studies make Prairie Oaks a great place to enjoy a close to home day trip.
Pictured in photo: Forest Preserve Natural Resource Manager Al Roloff leads a nature hike at Prairie Oaks with Jolie Krasinski from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Brook McDonald and Dan Lobbes from The Conservation Foundation, Julia Fauci, Forest Preserve District Committee Chair, Michael Haines, former Forest Preserve Committee member and volunteer, Nick Barber, NIU Biological Science Department professor, Donna Prain and Lana Haines from the DeKalb County Community Foundation Land Use Committee and others.
Start the Mother’s Day weekend off right this Saturday with a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve. The walk will be held Saturday, May 7th from 10 am – 2:00 pm. The DeKalb County Forest Preserve District will lead the Wildflower Walk at the Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve, 11750 State Rt. 72 in Genoa.
On Sunday, O’Leary’s Mothers Day Brunch is back! Come to O’Leary’s between 9am – 2pm for a huge buffet brunch especially for Mother’s Day. Reservations are encouraged, please call 815-748-0000 to reserve your spot. Don’t miss DeKalb’s finest Brunch Buffet. Complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa for all adults. $18.95 for Adults, $9.95 for children under 10 and children under 4 are free. Click here to see full buffet menu. Visit their website now.
Mother’s Day Brunch will also be offered at Timber Creek Inn & Suites in Sandwich on Sunday, May 8th from 10am – 2pm. Prices are $17.95 – Adults, $10.95 – ages 10 & under and kids under 3 are free. View Menu online. Click here for more information and reservations.
A Masonic Mothers Day Breakfast Buffet will be offered on Sunday, May 8, from 9am to 1pm, DeKalb Masonic Temple on Fairview & S. 4th Street. For $8 a person ($4 for kids under 15, $20 for a family) you’ll enjoy: • scrambled eggs• sausage, bacon and ham• hashbrowns• pancakes, french toast and waffles• fresh fruit salad• biscuits and gravy• bagels with cream cheese• assorted juices• assorted cereals• coffee and milk. Come on out and bring mom to the one place where you’re guaranteed not to have to wait!
After food, how about a museum visit? Mother’s Day at Midwest Museum of Natural History is a special day. In honor of mothers, all moms and grandmothers will enjoy free admission on Mother’s Day from 12-5:00 pm.
The Midwest Museum of Natural History is located at 425 West State Street in Sycamore. Visit their website