Blazing stars are iconic flowers of the Grand Prairie. There are few rivals to the pageant of beauty when their spikes of rose-purple flowers bloom.

Our Shared Conservation Value

Grand Prairie Friends is a family of conservation-minded supporters that share a passion for the long-term care and stewardship of our natural areas, prairies and forests, in east-central Illinois. You are a vital member of that family.


Since 1984, we have worked together towards our common mission to preserve and restore natural communities in east-central Illinois and promote an understanding and appreciation of natural resources. We do this now and for the future.


As a supporter, you have provided important habitat for plants and animals; places to reflect and recreate; and clean water and air.


Your Opportunity for Future Conservation

Together, we will continue to protect the land we treasure today and forever. As a member of the Blazing Star Society, you will help to ensure that the natural areas conservation work important to you will continue through your annual gift.


Blazing Star Society members donate unrestricted, annual gifts to Grand Prairie Friends at $1000 and above. Memberships include individuals and their immediate family member (i.e. spouse or partner). Members will be recognized at events, in the newsletter, annual report, and more. Members will be invited to participate in special members-only outings and gatherings throughout the year.


Join others that share your passion to ensure that the beauty of the Grand Prairie region persists.


We look forward to your membership in the Blazing Star Society. Please contact Sarah Livesay, Executive Director (, or talk to any Board member, for more information.



Dave & Karen Andsager

Clark & Irene Bullard

Beth Chato

Nancy Coutant

Fred & Nancy Delcomyn

Dave & Dianda Easter

Thomas Fehrmann

Robert Fiedler

Beverly & Dan Foote

Wendy Garrison & Richard Raspet

Summer & Stephen Hennessy

Stan Herrin

Susan & Lew Hopkins

Phil Hult

Jenny Hunt & Kristi Mercer

Shirley Hunt

Gary & Dixie Jackson

Karen & Pat Kane

Keith Kohanzo

Pam Leiter

Sarah & Jeff Livesay

Kenton & Dorothy Macy

David & Chris Main

John & Diane Marlin

Robert McKim

Craig Milling & Carla Cáceres

Dirk Mol & Jerry Wray

Sharon Monday & Jack Paxton

Elizabeth & Milton Otto

Susan Post & Michael Jeffords

Thomas & Beverly Rauchfuss

Trent Shepard

Peg Steffensen

Carol & Topper Steinman

Cynthia Swanson

Gloria Valenti

Michael Walker & Kristina Gunsalus

Ed & Diane Wilhite

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