MOUNT MORRIS – The Byron Forest Preserve District will have its Second Annual Bald Hill Big Tree Event on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, 5502 N. River Road, Mount Morris.
This free family event will feature hay wagon tours of the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, geology programs, Illinois Big Tree Champion tours, Bald Hill history, tours of the recently restored oak savannas, grassland birding, and much more.
Special Bald Hill Prairie Preserve, “I saw the biggest tree in Illinois” t-shirts will also be for sale.
Since its opening in April 2018, the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve has become one of the most popular sites in the Byron Forest Preserve District with people visiting the site daily to see the biggest tree in Illinois, a huge Eastern Cottonwood tree that is 28.5 feet in circumference and 122 feet tall.
The hilly 160-acre preserve has also been a popular site for walking, running, bird watching and geology programs.
The views of Leaf River, Mount Morris and Byron from the top of Bald Hill are spectacular.
Acquisition of the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve was made possible thanks to help from the Natural Land Institute and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.
For more information about the Bald Hill event call the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815 234-8535, Ext. 200 or visit their website at www.byronforestpreserve.com.