Bill Cirone, president of the Board of the Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park, will give a presentation, titled Wildlife Prairie Park: A Jewel of the Midwest, at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Marty Theatre in the Michel Student Center at Bradley University.
Cirone will briefly describe the history of the Park, the journey to return the park to private ownership, the business focus of the Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park, and the strategic plan to ensure the success of the park far into the future.
Admission is free but participants must register at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/continue/public/park/index.dot. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.
Wildlife Prairie Park opened to the public in 1978. Today, this unique 1800-acre wildlife refuge hosts 140,000 visitors and educates more than 50,000 children and young adults each year. In 2000, the park was deeded to the state of Illinois and became a state park. On May 11, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that transferred Wildlife Prairie Park back to private ownership.
The presentation is a program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University.