Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve and Youth Camp.
The mission of Western Illinois Nature Group (WING) is to support Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve and to provide outdoor experiences to the public for education and appreciation of nature.
As a member of WING, you receive many benefits.
Thanks to our Volunteers on Nov. 14!!! Several trees are now out of the trails and field, the big tree is dropped and cleaned up, the conestoga wagon got moved to the campsite, the picnic tables are leaned up together in the center of the shelter and the Boy Scout wooden chairs are in the shed for winter. Next spring, we'll plan a work day to stain the chairs and picnic tables as well as the cabins. Below is the list of other things still needing done.
1. Clear wild garlic along the creek.
2. Hang brackets and replace gutters on the cabin.
3. Move building materials from the cabin shelter rafters to the maintenance building
4. Plant butterfly bush with the seed in the shed cabinet.
5. Replant the dead corner of the prairie right before the first snow.
Blackthorn Hill is a 110 acre Nature Preserve that is open to the public from dawn until dusk. Please be respectful of nature, of others and of our neighbors. Please haul out your own trash. There is no trash pickup at Blackthorn Hill. You can walk your dog on a leash at Blackthorn Hill. Just please be respectful of others, responsible for your pet and pick up after anything left behind by them. Thanks!
The main hiking trail is marked from the activity area to and through the old woods and to the cabins. If you see a post painted yellow, you are moving away from the Activity Area. If you are seeing green paint, you are heading back. This trail goes past or around the butterfly garden, the prairie and around the old woods and back.
Do you like to shop online?
Do you want to support nature and Blackthorn Hill? Then we have a suggestion. Visit www.socialgoodnetwork.com and sign up. Choose Blackthorn Hill as the charity you'd like to support. Then shop online thru this website and WING's Blackthorn Hill will receive a percentage of your purchase. Thank you in advance for your help.