Byron Forest Preserve District
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Jarrett Prairie Center

Visit the newly renovated Jarrett Prairie Center Museum which opened to the public on October 20, 2016.  The expanded museum space boasts amazing views of the Jarrett Prairie Nature Preserve and more than 4,000 square feet of new exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.  Just a few of the exciting new exhibits include an immersive theater that tells visitors about local prairie ecology, several large natural history and historical dioramas, fossil exhibits, prairie restoration information and a prairie agriculture exhibit that lets visitors design their own farm. Also included in the renovation will be a new 2,600 square foot wrap around outdoor observation deck to enhance the already unique rental space.  The deck will be completed in the spring of 2017.

The museum’s new immersive theater which features the beloved children’s “wolf den” bur oak tree from the old museum is sponsored by Byron Bank.  The new state-of-the-art renovated kitchen is sponsored by the Prairie Forge Group of St. Charles, Illinois who served as architects for the entire renovation project.  OSF Medical Group is also a generous sponsor.

The new museum will serve as a resource for learning and a center for eco-tourism promoting an understanding about the importance of our natural lands in the Rock River region. Admission to the Jarrett Prairie Center Museum is free and open to the public seven days a week. For more information about museum education programs or to set up a tour contact Mark Herman at 815-234-8535 ext. 217. If you are interested in reserving the museum for private rentals, please contact the Raul Leon at 815-234-8535 ext. 200.

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