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  1. Ox-Eye Daisy

    Witness the cool colorings of this native European flower. Also called the day's eye, the white daisy now grows in serene farmland around the United States. Learn More
  2. Red Fox (Sitting Adult)

    As a member of the dog family, this fox eats small rodents and rabbits, and is known for his craftiness. Learn More
  3. Spiderwort (Train in Background)

    Growing knee high, spiderworts are distinctive late spring and early summer prairie wildflowers. Their blue purple flowers standout amongst the green of the spring-green vegetation. Learn More
  4. White Lady's Slipper

    Witness the unusual beauty of this wild orchid, found only at the edge of a sphagnum bog or in low meadows. Though the blooming period is short, only a few weeks in May and June, the White Lady's Slipper is found throughout the Midwestern and Atlantic states. Learn More
  5. Red Fox (Playful Cub)

    Look at this prairie-dwelling red fox cub! As a member of the dog family, he eats small rodents and rabbits, and is known for his craftiness. Learn More
  6. Franklin's Prairie Squirrel (2)

    Pop into the underground winter home of this prairie-dwelling cousin of the gopher. Learn More
  7. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  8. Illinois Plains Pocket Gopher

    Burrow into an underground gopher's nest and learn about the intricate tunneling system it uses to find and store food. Learn More
  9. Red Fox (Walking Adult)

    As a member of the dog family, this fox eats small rodents and rabbits, and is known for his craftiness. Learn More
  10. Horned Lark

    Scan the open fields of Illinois to find the Horned Lark, a year-round resident who resides in flocks and nests among the prairie plants. Learn More

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