The Friends of the Indian Boundary Prairies (FOIBP) is a volunteer group started by local resident, Cal Barber, in 1985. At monthly meetings the group plans workday activities as well as outreach programs for local schools and community organizations.
Slide shows and talks are given and tours conducted for anyone interested in the Markham prairies. The FOIBP celebrates Earth Day every April, hosts National Public Lands Day in the fall, and holds an annual picnic in August and a holiday gathering in December.
Our alliance with the City of Markham has been mutually beneficial. City officials have recognized the natural gem that exists within the borders of Markham. They generously allow FOIBP to use a room at the Markham Community Center as a place to hold programs and keep educational materials. The Indian Boundary Prairies Information and Learning Center opened in the fall of 2008.
Our Mission Statement:
The Friends of the Indian Boundary Prairies is organized exclusively for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Our objectives are for the conservation, ecological restoration, ecological stewardship, and preservation of plants, animals, and natural communities, all in the public interest. We wish to promote public awareness, understanding, education, and appreciation of remnant natural areas, of the rare and diverse species that require protected natural remnants for their survival, and of the natural history of these areas.
The Friends of the Indian Boundary Prairies is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.