The Crossroads lie at the intersection of two of the most used paths at Prairie Oaks. Before the summer of 2022, it was just an unmaintained patch of weeds, but it is now under control, and native plants are being introduced. An assortment of ferns and flowers were transplanted in last fall, and more will be added this spring.

Ecosystem Model: Oak-Hickory Forest



  • Start plugs of the following species (overwintering required): Fringed Loosestrife, Purple Coneflower, Early Meadow Rue, Blue Phlox, Bellflower, Sweet Joe Pye Weed, Heart-Leaved Aster, Columbine, Gray-Headed Coneflower, Sweet Black-Eyed Susan, False Sunflower [Completed 12.09.22]
  • Start plugs of the following species: Illinois Tick Trefoil, Sneezeweed [Completed 02.14.23]


  • Plant plugs