Countryside 'Nature' Program Wins IPRA Conservation Award

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The Illinois Park and Recreation Association recently named the Lake County Forest Preserves' "On Par With Nature" program at Countryside Golf Course as recipient of the Conservation Program Award.

The award will be presented at the IPRA 1997 annual conference in January.

The IPRA Conservation Program Award honors public recreation and conservation agencies in the state for outstanding and innovative achievements in environmental conservation projects or programs. The Forest Preserve's Countryside Golf Course in Mundelein was recognized for its environmental projects as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and accompanying educational Nature Golf Tee Signs. Countryside is only the third public golf course in the state and 14th in the nation to receive the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary distinction.

Some of the Cooperative Sanctuary projects at Countryside include placing nesting boxes for bluebirds and wood ducks in open spaces, the introduction of native grasses and wildflowers, conserving water, sensitive integrated pest management practices and maintaining food and cover for wildlife.

The accompanying nature tee signs provide course information, descriptions and artwork of the wildlife that inhabit the natural areas of the golf course and explain how wise stewardship at Countryside allows nature to flourish.

Hike/bike celebration

Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy the abundance of trails in northeastern Illinois during a Illinois Prairie Trail Authority Hike/Bike Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills.

The morning will begin with a welcome from WGN Radio's Bob Collins followed by either a hike or bike ride along the Lake County Forest Preserves' Des Plaines River Trail. Free refreshments and informational exhibits about northeastern Illinois Forest Preserve and Conservation Districts will round out the festivities. …