Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie / Tyner Center
|Address:||2400 Compass Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026
|Hours:||Prairie & Exterior Exhibits
Daily, sunrise to sunset
Saturdays, 10 am – 2pm
Step back…hundreds of years to experience northern Illinois in pre-settlement times at the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie and Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center.
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie is a 32-acre remnant of a tall-grass prairie that once stretched for millions of square miles across North America. Originally developed and financed by the Village of Glenview, the prairie and Interpretive Center allows visitors to gain a better understanding of this unique environment.
At this very special facility you can:
- View rare native vegetation close-up via walking paths
- Find over 160 plant species native to this area
- Look for Red-Tailed Hawks circling in the sky and find out why they are there
- Discover the many “crayfish” that make their home on the prairie
- Find out why fires are beneficial for the prairie
- Learn about the history of the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie and how it got its name
- Find out why plants are growing on the roof of the Interpretive Center and see all the features that make it a “green building”
- Learn what you can do to help our environment
Exhibits at the Tyner Interpretive Center illustrate the many aspects of the prairie environment while pathways through the property allow visitors to experience the changes in the prairie through the various seasons. Don’t miss the Emerald Ash Borer exhibit which includes displays on EAB biology and natural history, samples of tree damage and specimens of beetle adults, pupae and larvae. The 3,000-square foot Interpretive Center also serves as a showcase for “green technology”, featuring a number of environmentally sound design attributes including a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels and a “green roof”. The Tyner Center has been certified by the U. S. Green Building Council as LEED Platinum, the highest possible designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.
The park district offers seasonal educational programs about the prairie, the environment and “green” programs, which provide insight into the unique construction of the Tyner Center and give practical information on how you can incorporate “green” technology into your home. We also sponsor periodic restoration workdays where volunteers can get involved in preserving this special resource.
The Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center is available for group tours and for school field trips to be educated through presentations, interpretive displays, literature and self-guided tours.
For information about programs, workdays or tours, or to schedule a visit for your school or scout group, contact The Grove at 847-299-6096.
For a downloadable brochure about the Tyner Interpretive Center at Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie, click here.
The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Team