Welcome to Western Illinois Nature Group and
Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve and Youth Camp.

What is WING?  How is it connected to Blackthorn Hill?

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.

Become a member of WING (Western Illinois Nature Group)

As a member of WING, you receive many benefits.

Volunteers are needed April 26 1:00 p.m. to:

1.  Sweep off bunk beds in cabins

2.  Sweep out cabins

3.  Sweep out latrine and porta pots

4.  Sweep off picnic shelter and concrete parking spot.

5.  Clear trails and activity and camp areas of sticks or logs

6.  Make sure all trail markers are visible and standing

7.  Chuck, when would we clean out bird houses?

8.  Move building materials from the cabin shelter rafters to the maintenance building

9.  Have the porta pots serviced and check latrine

10.  Replace the goosenecks on all sinks

11.  Replace bad tires on mower deck

12.  Air up gator and tractor tires

13.  Replace batteries on gator and tractor

14.  Stain picnic tables

15.  Wash windows in cabins

16.  Check and fix all letterboxes.

17.  Burn butterfly garden

18.  Check with Dan about spring prairie maintenance if any.

19.  Check oil in gator and tractor.

20.  Dam gullies on new road and add sticks.

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.

What's the Best About Blackthorn Hill?

Every trip to Blackthorn Hill is a different adventure.  The prairie, the woods, the creeks...everything is different each time.

The wildflowers and grasses are amazing in all seasons.

The birds and butterflies are plentiful.

Don't experience Nature Deficit Disorder.  Come visit Blackthorn Hill today!

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