News Release

Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.

300 East Hickory Street, Apple River, IL 61001

Phone: 815-594-2306 Fax: 815-594-2305 Web Site:

e-mail: Tax Exempt No. 36-4015400

For Immediate Release August 8, 2017

ENF Sponsoring a "Stroll Thru Apple Creek"

Apple River) On Sept. 23, the Eagle Nature Foundation, (ENF), will be sponsoring a “Stroll Thru’ Apple Creek”. Actually there will be two Strolls, one for about a quarter mile at 10:00 in the morning to visit Apple Creek Arboretum, with its more than 125 different trees and flowering shrubs, and hundreds of different flowering plants. Then the stroll will move on to Apple Creek Prairie with its hundreds of native flowering prairie plants. Participants will be able to enjoy over 10 varieties of both asters and goldenrods, which should be blooming at that time, as well as to look for the Little Ladies’ Tresses Orchids, which should also be blooming as well.

At 11:45 the Stroll participants will move up to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a delicious luncheon catered by the Sidetrack Café at noon. This will be followed by both a silent and noisy auction and a 50/50 raffle.

At 2:00 pm the participants will go back to Apple Creek to take a 1 mile Stroll through Apple Creek Woods. This woods was an oak opening in the middle of the prairie before white man settled the area. Many of the old oak trees were present when Black Hawk’s people were living here. One of the large burr oak trees probably germinated before his ancestors were living in the area. Learn how this "Oak Opening" is presently progressing towards a maple/basswood climax forest. Learn how it is recovering after being a cow pasture for years.

Come for a very enjoyable day learning about what is presently located in these areas and what used to be living on this property. Both of these Strolls will be led by the certified naturalist and field trip leader/trainer, Terrence Ingram. Join us to see the natural world through his eyes, which may be failing, but still see more than many of us do.

Call 815-594-2306 for the costs for the Strolls, or to make reservations. Reservations for the meal must be made before Sept. 15.

For more information contact: Terrence N. Ingram, Exec. Director, Eagle Nature Foundation, 300 East Hickory St., Apple River, IL 61001 Phone 815-594-2306

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