Conservation Guardians of Northwest Illinois
The Guardians restore and manage prairies.
Early in their history the Guardians adopted a small prairie remnant at Apple Canyon State Park, expanding its boundaries and maintaining its species diversity. The Guardians, working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources,
created Blackjack Prairie within the Witkowsky Wildlife Area.
As the Guardians grew as an organization, the scope of volunteer initiatives broadened. Guardian volunteers have supported successful prairie projects at Lost Mound National Wildlife Refuge and, in cooperation with the Prairie Enthusiasts of Northwest Illinois, have supported extensive prairie plantings at Hanley Savanna.
Prescribed Burn Cooperative
Each spring the Guardians offer a burn school, which trains volunteers to participate in teams that conduct prescribed burns on privately owned prairie restorations. For more details see the events calendar.
Prairie Plant Display Garden
Hanley Savanna, Hanover, Illinois
This display garden, built by Conservation Guardians and Prairie Enthusiasts volunteers, allows people to identify individual praire species that can be found in the adjoining acres of Hanley Savanna.
View from the shelter
Directions to Hanley Savanna
Hanley Savanna is approximately seven miles south of the US Hwy 20-Illinois Hwy 84 intersection in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.
From Hwy 20, take 84 south toward Hanover. After about five miles, turn right on Fulton (just before the Apple River bridge). Keeping left, follow Fulton to Hanover Hill Road.
Turn left, following Hanover Hill Road to its end at Whitton Road. Turn left there. The parking area will be immediately on your left.