The girls and I were out enjoying another beautiful day here in Central IL. We took homeschool to Wildlife Prairie Park just outside Peoria for a few hours of exploration. This is such a great resource for us here in Central IL that I’m a bit embarrassed to admit we haven’t been there is a few years. For a matter-of-fact, I couldn’t remember if Naomi had ever been there, but if she did go, she was maybe 1 and that’s been almost 4 years ago. Needless-to-say, they have made a few changes since then and did I ever get excited to see what they are working on now – a Pioneer Farmstead!!!!
It’s still a work in progress with plans to put in farm animals that kids will be able to visit and pet, but what I did find there was my future homestead garden.
Mine will be bigger than the one at the park, but I saw it and knew this garden set up was in my future. I can see me spending a great deal of time locked up in my garden cage 🙂
We saw so many animals at the park today.
These animals are just amazing and I love watching them. They are so majestic!
From there we moved to see all the other animals that roam the State of Illinois – the gray wolf, black bear, red fox, silver fox, cougar, bobcat, lynx and more.
We read about the animals, learning much along the way. Then, as we returned to the entrance of the park, I saw another animal out grazing with the bison. We headed over to check it out and there stood a herd of elk, eating corn.
They were maybe 5 feet away from the fence, standing there eating and watching us as we watched them. We examined the way the dominate elk kept the others away from the corn. We waited and cheered on the under dog as they stood at the sidelines awaiting their opportunity to come in and get a few kernels for themselves. We watched nature up close and personal for probably 20 minutes and eventually pulled ourselves away.
As we left the park, the girls and I decided that we needed to make regular visits to Wildlife Prairie Park this spring, summer and fall. It’s a great place to learn and explore many of the things nature provides us here in Central Illinois. Plus, I’ll need to go back and more closely examine my future garden 🙂
Now I leave you with some pictures of our little field trip and some of the amazing animals I captured in picture.
Giant Monarch Butterflies.
Bison and Elk
Beautiful girls with horse.
The Great Horned Owl
The cutest bison at the park.
And I saved the best for last.
Happy, happy girls!!