Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Where to see prairies

A useful guide to officially dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves is available online at <>. For each preserve there is a brief description, directions, and a location map. NOTE: the server can be slow at times so be patient.


Although the majority of original prairies in Illinois have been destroyed, there are still a number of areas where people can see prairies. Some are former pioneer cemeteries that were laid out on the original prairie. Many of these are part of the system of Illinois Nature Preserves. Information on these can be obtained from:

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
600 North Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL 62706

Loda Prairie, Illinois

Some of the author's favorite natural prairies are:

Because of the rarity of natural prairies, a number of prairie restorations and reconstructions have been developed in Illinois. A few of these are given below:


< Prairie Plants     Prairie Landscaping >

Illinois Natural History Survey

1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820

Terms of use. Email the Web Administrator with questions or comments.

© 2021 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
For permissions information, contact the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Staff Intranet