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88days since
First Day of Summer 2014

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.

As a member of WING, you receive many benefits.

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.


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.



Thanks to Pioneer Hi-Bred in Woodhull, IL for the generous $2000 donation toward our new road to the cabin campsite and prairie!

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.

NEW ZIPLINE PLATFORMS are our most recent improvement to the Preserve! Thank you to Boy Scout Andrew Cooper for doing his Eagle Scout project at Blackthorn Hill! See photos in our Gallery and more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiguy/sets/72157636234273243/ .

ANOTHER GREAT EAGLE PROJECT was Gabe Witherell's clearing of the locust trees on the hillside north of the parking lot.  This was an enormous undertaking and has improved the hill so much!  The native vegetation is returning and the view is enhanced.  The road to the field is dryer and safer as a result of this project as well!

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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