Did you know that in 1982 the Franklin Creek Preservation Area Committee secured money and labor to construct roads, shelters, picnic tables, restrooms, run underground electric lines, drill wells, and clear hiking trails to create the Franklin Creek State Natural Area- the first and only state park created by a volunteer organization? In 1999 we reconstructed an 1847 water-driven grist mill on it's origional site. In 2006 we constructed a handicapped accessible fishing pier on the grist mill's mill pond for everyone to enjoy. All of this was accomplished with no cost to the state of Illinois or its' taxpayers. Our organization, which celebrated it's 30th anniversary in September, 2011, is dedicated to support and assist with the operation of the Franklin Creek State Natural Area in Franklin Grove, IL and to restore and preserve valuable natural land that borders either the Franklin Creek or the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. To do this we need your help!