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TNC Autumn on the Prairie: Rainfall Simulator Use

TNC Autumn on the Prairie is open to the public.

Parking is $5, and donations will also be accepted at the Welcome Pavilion and Bison Tours Tent. 
Riding Prairie Tours — Look for Bison
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Tickets will be available only at the site starting at 10 a.m.
  • Each person takes a number at the Bison Tours Tent.
  • The Bison Tours ticket supply may be limited, based on festival attendance and the location of the herd.
  • You can join a tour anytime your number is less than the one written on the white board.
  • When you are ready, walk to the path entrance, where your tickets will be collected.
  • Then walk west to the tent by the fence gate and get in line.
  • First come, first served for all numbers less than the one posted.
  • You will ride on a trailer through the preserve.
  • Visitors with low mobility must be able to walk to the path entrance, ride a UTV to the fence gate, and then climb a ramp or stairs into a trailer.
  • Finding the bison is not guaranteed, as they cannot always be seen from the lanes.
  • The last tour will leave at 4 p.m., so please get in line before 3:45 p.m.
Guided Hiking Tours
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Meet at the Hiking Tours Tent.
  • Experienced guides will lead walking tours of Nachusa’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.
  • Details on the times, destinations, length, and difficulty of the hikes
  • This information will also be posted by the Hiking Tours Tent.
  • Several tour groups will walk a loop departing from and returning to the AOTP site.
  • Shuttled tours will drop you off and pick you up at a place on the preserve and then return you to the AOTP site.
  • Meet at the Hiking Tours Tent at least 5 minutes before the scheduled departure.
  • Tours inside the Bison Unit will be limited to 12-15 people and will be cancelled or relocated if the herd is in the vicinity.
  • The number of participants for other shuttled tours may be limited, based on available transportation.
  • All tour length times are approximate.
  • Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended for the hiking tours, as most are off trail with hills.
  • Event Date & Time

    September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0

  • Event Location

    Franklin Grove
  • Cost