Spring kick-off at Wildlife Prairie State Park

By Alyssa Donovan

March 23, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill.-- Saturday's nicer weather attracted quite a few people out to Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Wildlife lovers young and old came out Saturday for Wildlife Prairie State Park's spring wake up.

The park had free admission and was packed with hundreds of people.

Visitors had the unique opportunity to leave their mark on the park by decorating stepping stones.

8-year-old Addison Deal says she's happy her stepping stone will be featured in the park.
Her father, Clay Deal says they'll be coming back more often to see it.

Clay Deal said, "We try to make it out here about once a month we're going to try to get out here a little more often this year that's why were here on opening day."

He took the opportunity to become a member so his family can enjoy their favorite exhibits whenever they want.

Deal said, “It's just a great resource for the area it's a wonderful place to bring the kids there's so much to do it's great to have them outdoors instead of watching television so it's just a great resource and we love to support this."

And all that support is what makes it possible for the park to stay open year-round.

Event Coordinator Melissa Sauder says some new changes are coming to the park.

Sauder said, "The butterfly habitat will be opening in May and lots of improvements are going on so it's really great because it feels like it's coming back to life."

Back to Wildlife for the start of spring.