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.
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.