A new feature of my blog that I would like to introduce is the Explore! feature. Mostly it will be Explore Illinois because that is where I live.
First up I want to showcase the Jarrett Prairie at the Byron Forest Preserve in Byron, Illinois. If you live anywhere in the Northern Illinois area this place is well worth the drive.
When you get there, you drive through a winding road that leads you past the prairie that you can hike through. After you park near the main building, hiking is a great start to any visit.
There's also an observatory here, and in the evenings there are all kinds of great programs that you can attend.
Inside the main museum building, there is a natural history museum that was recently renovated. The museum has information about the history of the area, as well as the animals and plants that are native to the area.
The place is great for kids and adults alike, and the staff is friendly and eager to help so don't hesitate to ask questions. Once on a hike, my oldest son caught a large beetle with his bug catcher and brought it in to the museum to ask the staff if they knew what kind it was. They went out of their way to find the answer for him.
For more information, check out their website, and plan your trip there!