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April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Take a Spring Vacation that Makes a Difference— Sign up for McHenry County Conservation District’s Weekend of Restoration VII: Spirit of the CCC and Aldo Leopold Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and come to Glacial Park, one of the premier natural areas of the Chicago Region for a weekend you’ll never forget! Take part in McHenry County Conservation District’s award-winning “Weekend of Restoration” VII: Spirit of the CCC and Aldo Leopold on April 24–26 at Glacial Park, in Ringwood, a program that allows you to help restore an ancient landscape while learning about the history and ecology of our region. Over a span of less than ten years during the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed young men to plant almost three billion trees across the country. Our task will be a little smaller, our demographics a little broader, but our work will be in the same spirit and no less important! Together we will restore a hillside to its former oak barrens vegetation, and at the same time learn about the history of conservation in the age of the CCC and Aldo Leopold. Much of conservation as we enjoy it and understand it today grew from ideas planted at this time. Be part of a unique and exciting experience of recreation, learning, and doing—a vacation that makes a difference! Added bonus: Camp at Glacial Park for FREE exclusively for this event.* Group size limited to 30, so register early: deadline April 17. Open to ages 16 and up. Cost: $70 / Seniors (60+) $50 / Students (16+) $35 / Register with a Friend Discount: receive $20 off second registration. (Fee includes meals). *Participants also have the option to camp at Glacial Park for free, exclusively for this event, (indoor restrooms and showers available; bring your own camping equipment). For more information or to register, contact Tom Simpson at (815) 678-4532 x8218 or Witness the activities and results of prior Weekends of Restoration on Facebook:
April 25, 2015
7:30am - 9:00am
April 25, 2015 Saturday 7:30 – 9 a.m. Meet at the Barbara Brown Reserve, Chicago Botanic Garden Alan Anderson, research committee chairman, Chicago Audubon Society $19 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
April 25, 2015
8:00am - 10:30am
Spend a spring morning canoeing on the Fox River learning about this riparian habitat and visiting a heron rookery. We provide all canoe equipment, but bring binoculars and drinking water. This canoe trip is not suitable for beginners. Saturday, April 25, 8:00–10:30 a.m., Registration required, call (815) 479-5779 for information. $12 r/ $15 nr
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm
From Openlands: West Woodlawn Tree Planting April 25, 2015 | 9:00am Help create a greener neighborhood in West Woodlawn. Gather in a previously vacant lot turned urban oasis to work with West Woodlawn’s Blacks In Green to create a more beautiful and sustainable community. We will replace parkway trees lost to damage and disease and beautify vacant lots as well as plant community fruit and nut trees. Register at:
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
9:00am-12:00pm, every fourth Saturday of the month Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403 The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will host monthly stewardship days at Miller Woods on the fourth Saturday of each month. As a bonus, on April 25, July 25, and October 24 Save the Dunes will lead a hike to the restoration site and provide a short presentation on the work being done to restore the globally-rare black oak savanna in Miller Woods, Tolleston Dunes, and the Indiana Dunes State Park. Following the presentation there will be a stewardship component. For more information:
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 12:30pm
Scott Namestnik, botanist par excellence at Orbis Environmental Consulting, is our guide for the beautiful spring wildflower display at this old growth beech- maple forest (and National Natural Landmark since 1967) in Berrien County, Michigan.
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
The photography of James P. Rowan: Planet of the Arthropods On exhibit March 7- May 3 at Prairieview Education Center. Visit our website at OR call (815) 479-5779 for hours and information. Numbering over a million species, the arthropods constitute 80% of all animal life on earth. They live in every possible niche of every biome on the planet—from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, from deserts to tropical rainforests. They live under logs, in the soil, in the air, and in our homes. They feed on plants, animals, and on each other. They are everywhere! Planet of the Arthropods offers a glimpse into this miniature world around us. Come face-to-face with wolf spiders and jumping spiders whose large eyes help them locate prey, grasshoppers and katydids camouflaged to avoid predators, and butterflies and crustaceans whose colors rival the most beautiful birds and flowers. Further, Planet of the Arthropods hopes to impress upon the viewer that these often maligned creatures are worthy of our interest and protection. Like blue whales, cheetahs and rhinos, they are part of the scheme of things that make up the earth’s ecosystem.
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am
Want to learn more about the water quality of the Chicago River, and even do some testing of your own? Space is available for our Morning at the River: Water Chemistry workshop this Saturday, April 25. Cost per person: $10, RSVP Required. Visit our website to register at
April 25, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
Volunteers Needed: Join Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council member WRD Environmental, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and the Natural Resources Committee of Geneva as they partner to help restore Fabyn Woods, a rare, 200-acre oak hickory woodland, one of the most endangered habitats in the world. Volunteers are in the 3rd season of restoration, restoring the woodland to health by removing invasive plants like buckthorn and honeysuckle. Work days are currently scheduled from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on January 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, and 25. Tools, safety glasses, snacks, and beverages are provided. Fun guaranteed. You don’t need to register ahead of time, although if there is a large group interested please email Jay Womack at ahead of time, to assure there is plenty of equipment available. Fabyan is located south of Geneva on the Fox River, with an entrance on Route 25. Volunteers meet in the parking lot on east side off Rte. 25 (across from the windmill). This restoration partnership is part of the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Service Program, protecting nature and enriching life for all who live in our region.
April 25, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Enjoy tree planting, tree-caching and ID, scavenger hunts, art projects and more at the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Arbor Day Celebration. Saturday, April 25 from noon to 4 pm at LaBagh Woods. Can't drive? Take our FREE round-trip shuttle:
April 25, 2015
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Presented by the Salt Creek Greenway Association in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County: & Meet at 1 Aloha Lane Hickory Lane Buffer to Wolf Road Prairie, North side of 31st Street west of Wolf Road, Westchester Presenter: Craig Billington, Ecologist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County Craig will tell us how the Forest Preserve District is reclaiming and restoring Wolf Road Prairie and other rare natural areas in the Cook County preserves and why this is such important work. Find out what’s going on! Meet Greg Jerzyk and John Kolar, Wolf Road Prairie and Hickory Lane volunteers. You will be among a group of enthusiastic people who enjoy experiencing nature and sustaining native ecosystems at one of the rarest prairies in Cook County and beyond. Join us for lively conversation and light refreshments. Learn how you can get involved. Help us celebrate Earth Day week.
April 26, 2015
8:00am - 10:30am
Bring your binoculars for a Birding 101 lesson and walk at this site just north of downtown Highwood on Lake Michigan. Experienced birders will help find and identify birds with you. This is a moderate walk along some asphalt and bark trails. Mostly wheelchair accessible. It is a moderate grade down path to lake. While children are welcome, this walk is best enjoyed by those who are old enough to use binoculars. Please bring binoculars. None will be provided.
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