Tours

The Liberty Prairie Foundation offers educational opportunities and presentations to those interested in learning more about our conservation community and organic farm.

Organic Farm Tour

TOURS MN_editedTake a one-hour walking tour of a working organic farm and learn about sustainable agriculture! Visit the educational farm fields, greenhouse, and hoop house. From a safe distance, view the bee hives at the Prairie Crossing Farm and learn about the important role bees play in our food system. Tours for older students and adults focus on our sustainable and organic farming practices including composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation.

Other area farms and nature centers that provide tours and educational programming include:

We welcome pre-arranged tour groups during May – October by appointment only.  To schedule a tour, contact us with:

  • Your name and organization
  • Preferred dates (Monday – Friday only)
  • Preferred times (between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Group size (minimum 10, maximum 25)
  • Ages of participants
  • Group experience with subject matter (sustainable agriculture college students, etc.)

Cost

We request a tax-deductible honorarium donation to the Liberty Prairie Foundation.  Our guidelines for these donations are as follows:

  • 1 hour, $6/person, kindergarten – adult

We recognize that tour prices may be cost-prohibitive for some groups of lower-income children, and have a limited source of funding to provide free/discounted tours for groups that meet certain requirements. Click here for information about submitting a proposal for a free/discounted tour.

Payment is due via check or cash (exact amount only). Checks should made payable to the Liberty Prairie Foundation.

The minimum tour group size is 10 paid tour participants.  For groups of children, we require one adult chaperone per each 10 children (2 chaperones for 20 children). Chaperones are expected to keep children together as a group, help them follow directions, and handle any disciplinary issues.

Policies

Tour groups that arrive late may not receive a full tour, based on staff commitments and facility usage.  Tours are held in all weather, except lightning. Tours will only be rescheduled due to weather if there is lightning. If weather conditions are questionable, call 847-548-4062 x17.  There is no charge for tour cancellations 7 or more days before the scheduled date. 20% of the tour fee will be charged for tours cancelled 0-6 days before the scheduled date.

 

 

Prairie Crossing Tour

PC TODAY_editedPrairie Crossing is a nationally recognized master-planned conservation community in Grayslake, and one of the first modern developments in the country into which a working organic farm was integrated. We are ready to share the story and lessons of Prairie Crossing with your group.  We have given more than a hundred tours and presentations since Prairie Crossing got underway to developers, planners, community groups, conservationists, government agencies, and many others.  Tours, we have found, are of particular value in being able to tangibly and viscerally experience what this conservation community is all about.

Aspects of Prairie Crossing that we are happy to highlight are:

  • Story and history of Prairie Crossing
  • How agriculture is integrated and continues to evolve
  • Land planning strategies
  • Natural areas design and management for wildlife conservation
  • Architecture and community planning
  • How our guiding principles impact community design
  • How a conservation community can advance regional conservation efforts
  • Lessons learned after 20 years

We can readily tailor a tour or presentation to your particular interests.

Honorarium Request

We are delighted to share the lessons of Prairie Crossing and desire to do so as widely as possible through tours and presentations.  To offset our staffing of tours and presentation, we request a tax-deductible honorarium donation to the Liberty Prairie Foundation.  Our suggested guidelines for these donations are as follows:

Tours 

0-2 Hours – $100

2-4 Hours – $200

4-6 Hours – $300

Presentations

< 1 hour: $100 + mileage + lodging (if necessary)

1-2 hours: $250 + mileage + lodging (if necessary)

If what you request is something that would require special preparation or arrangements, we would hope you would consider augmenting the donation you make.

Please contact Nathan Aaberg at nathan@libertyprairie.org to begin discussing the content of what you desire, the scheduling, and the honoraria that would be ideal.

For Your Visit

IMPACT FIELDS_editedTours involve walking around a working farm on uneven surfaces including wood chips, gravel, and soil. All tour participants should come prepared to walk outdoors with the following:

  • Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather, including rain gear if needed
  • Sunscreen and/or insect repellent
  • Water bottle filled with water

Limited restroom facilities (Port-a-Potties) are available on the Prairie Crossing Farm. Please encourage tour participants to use the restroom before arriving at the farm.

The Prairie Crossing Farm has a lawn area that may be used by tour groups for picnicking after tours. The Liberty Prairie Foundation is unable to provide food service, or clean up after your group. Garbage and recycling must be placed in the appropriate bins.

Please use the following directions to the Prairie Crossing Farm. Tour parking is on the west (left) side of Harris Road. Bus drivers should have riders exit on Harris Road before the second farm driveway, so the bus can turn around once your tour is underway.

Virtual Tours

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“Visit” our virtual tours as an alternative to in-person tours, in preparation for your farm tour, or to review the topics discussed after your tour. To navigate a virtual tour, click on the points on the map to see a photo and description. Scroll to read each photo’s description, then click on the down arrow above the text to view the photo. Progress through the virtual tour by clicking on the map or using the left and right arrows on the photos.

Click here for the virtual tour of the Prairie Crossing Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture principles, the unique structure of the Prairie Crossing Farm, infrastructure needed for sustainable agriculture, and more. The Prairie Crossing Farm virtual tour includes several “behind the scenes” areas not included in walking farm tours due to the farmers’ need to work in these spaces and/or their physical distance from the walking tour route.

Casey Farm is not currently staffed to provide tours, except as part of special events. Farm visits are offered during Radical Root’s seasonal on-farm market.

Click here for the virtual tour of the Prairie Crossing community to learn about the innovative stormwater management system, fish sanctuary for threatened and endangered species, native landscaping, and more. The Prairie Crossing community virtual tour is useful for real estate developers, urban planning students, Prairie Crossing residents, and others interested in learning about conservation communities. Guided tours of the Prairie Crossing community are not currently available but the virtual tour enables self-guided tours, either virtually or in person.