CFC's Board of Directors voted to name its Grigsby Prairie trail in honor of Peggy Grigsby Richards to memorialize in perpetuity her generous land donations, a total of 48 acres.
CFC began restoration of an Illinois tallgrass prairie at the site in 1987. Nesting birds at the 48-acre preserve include meadowlarks, bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, sedge wrens, king birds, savannah sparrows, red-headed woodpeckers and bluebirds.
The award-winning restoration provides habitat for 175 species of native plants in wet, mesic and dry prairie, wetlands and a savanna.
Barrington School District 220 third and fourth grade students enjoy annual field trips to Grigsby Prairie in the fall as part of their science curriculum.