A Visit to Prairie Crossing

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Building Sustainable Community – A Visit to Prairie Crossing
Thursday, July 26
Sponsored by the Natural Resources Interest Group
and the Applied and Extension Interest Group

Enjoy a day at Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago.  Prairie Crossing is a national example of sustainable community design which includes over 350 energy-efficient homes, an elementary school, community center, certified organic farm, lakes, beach, and restored prairie and wetland areas.  It has been developed to encourage a sense of place, demonstrate environmentally-responsible planning, and restore the native ecology.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a walk to Union Station (about ¾ mile from the Palmer House) where we will take the regional Metra train on a one-hour trip to Prairie Crossing.  There will be a guided tour of the community, an opportunity to explore the grounds, and lunch with local speakers.  After lunch, participants may return early by train or hike in the nearby Oak Openings, a native Midwestern prairie area.  We will be back by approximately 4:30 p.m.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. The fee of $25 includes train fare, cost of tour, snacks, and lunch.  A vegetarian option will be available.  Please notify Kristi Lekies if you require special accommodation at 614-688-3537 or lekies.1@osu.edu