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Anderson Prairie

     Anderson Prairie is a 25 acre wildlife park that features remnants of the original Tall Grass Prairie of Illinois. The park was established in August of 1986 and is managed by Pana High School Biology teacher Dave Nance.  It serves as an outdoor laboratory for students and the public. Located South of Rt 16 on Chestnut Street, this mile long, 200 foot strip is the old historic Illinois Central Railroad bed.  A new foot bridge has been constructed at the north parking lot of the prairie.  That bridge will take you down the old railbed through a prairie woodland out into the grassland prairie.  Hiking and biking down the main trail can lead to many walking paths. Here, one can view the various plants, birds, insects, and animals common to the area.  This is also a popular photo site. For more information go   

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