What We Do

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.

The Indian Boundary Prairies are supported by