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.

Thanks to our Volunteers on April 26 and May 16 for United Way's Day of Caring!!!  Below is the list of things still needing done.  We've added a few too.

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.  Get railroad ties from the parking lot to the perimeter of the activity area, near the shelter and restack the fire wood.  Make a tinder/kindling holder like the one at the cabin campsite too.

5.  Plant butterfly bush with the seed in the shed cabinet.

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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