The West Chicago Prairie Stewardship Group is a volunteer organization formed in 1982. Our main purpose is to aid in the management and preservation of the West Chicago Prairie Preserve. We are part of the Volunteer Network established by The Nature Conservancy and we work as a Support Group in cooperation with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, which is responsible for the overall management of the Prairie. We are an affiliate of The Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit land and watershed protection organization.
Volunteers of the West Chicago Prairie Stewardship Group provide a significant part of the natural areas management for the West Chicago Prairie. We remove invading woody growth, eliminate alien weeds, collect seeds of native grasses and forbs, and sow collected seeds in recently restored areas and adjacent old-field areas. The Forest Preserve District does the necessary prescribed burning as well as other large-scale management. Knowledgeable leaders conduct field trips and birding trips on the Prairie. Individuals with the appropriate skills monitor and survey birds and flora in specific habitat areas.