The Prairie Club is a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1908. The Club began by organizing hikes into the country as a way for people to escape the crowded inner-city of Chicago. Outdoor activities and conservation have been core values for the Prairie Club since its inception.
The Prairie Club played a prominent role in the establishment of the Cook County Forest Preserve system, the Indiana Dunes State Park, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. (Prairie Club Archives)
Today, in addition to an active hiking, canoeing/kayaking, and bicycling schedule, Prairie Club maintains two camps: Hazelhurst in Harbert, MI, and Spring Grove in northern Illinois. Both camps provide members and their guests with a natural haven in which to enjoy the outdoors.