Nachusa Grasslands Waterjet fabricated Corten Steel animals and plant life

Working as a team with Signature Design and Engraphix,  Creative Edge fabricated all-metal animals and plants from corten steel and brass to enhance the newly built educational plaza for The Nature Conservancy. Corten is a self-oxidizing metal which weathers well and is ideal for outdoor projects. Brass was integrated into the design as a further enhancement. Our waterjet technology was programmed to cut holes in the corten steel and each piece of brass was fastened to the steel by using a stud and nut. The completed pieces of corten and brass were then welded to the stainless steel panels.



Eastern Cottontail (rabbit)


Eastern Cottontail (rabbit)


native bird – Nachusua Grasslands


Pale Purple Coneflower


Welcome Sign Nachusua Grassland



The Nachusa Grasslands tall grass prairie conservancy located near Franklin Grove in Lee County, Illinois. It is operated by the Nature Conservancy.The 3,600-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve consists of large remnant prairie, woodlands, and wetlands being reconnected through habitat restoration to create one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois.

Working hand–in–hand with Conservancy staff, a dynamic community of volunteer stewards collect and plant seeds, manage invasive species, repair wetlands, and conduct controlled burns in order to preserve, protect, and share this precious endangered ecosystem.

Construction on our new Nachusa Visitor Center has been completed (fall 2017) come out for a visit

Nachusua Grassland Conservancy visitors center