The Friends of the Indian Boundary Prairies preserve and promote the prairies of Markham Illinois in many ways.
On the prairies:
- We collect seeds of native plants.
- We spread seeds of native plants in other areas of the preserve.
- We remove damaging non-native and invasive plants.
- We manage controlled burns to rejuvenate the ecosystem.
- We remove trash and litter.
- We monitor native plant and animal species.
- We maintain fencing where necessary.
- We offer guided tours of the prairies by appointment.
- We organize volunteer workdays for people who would like to do community service.
In the community:
- We give multi-media presentations to the general public and to other environmental organizations.
- We present nature oriented programs at the Markham Public Library free of charge.
- We publish a twice yearly newsletter.
- We hold monthly meetings, both business and social, that are open to all.
- We participate in local events such as parades, city festivals, and annual clean-up days.
- We develop and present programs on prairie plants and animals for local schools.
- We maintain good relations with the city officials of Markham and the District #144 School Board.
- We have established the Indian Boundary Prairies Information and Learning Center in the Markham Community Center. It contains artifacts, books, photos, and representations of the Markham prairies and the natural world.
- We endeavor to document the history and current status of the Indian Boundary Prairies.
- We host several annual events to which the public is invited such as an Earth Day celebration each April, The Friends picnic each August, National Public Lands Day each September, and a December holiday gathering.
- We support other organizations such as The Nature Conservancy in their work to preserve natural areas.
- We strive to show that learning about the prairies can offer varied benefits in the areas of science, photography, and art.