Giant City Botanical Walk

Giant City State Park – Trillium Trail, GPS for shelter 1 parking lot: 37.625779427288386, -89.19942280107897

Led by Travis Neal, travis@friendsilnature.org2 miles, RuggedThis loop trail has large overhanging bluffs with both dry and mesic species represented. There is a great fern diversity on the trail and spring wildflower display along with upland species like blackjack oaks and post oaks. The trail is popular and well-marked. The trail has rocky areas with steep … Continue reading Giant City Botanical Walk

Old Plank Road Prairie Workday – Cook County

5323 Miller Cir Dr Matteson, IL 60443

The spirit and energy of the community gather at the ancient prairie.Spring is here—and then it will be gone, and then it will be here again, etcetera etcetera until Memorial Day—and as the seasons change our priorities will shift.Meet at the intersection of Miller Circle Drive and Central Ave at 1 PM. Remember to bring … Continue reading Old Plank Road Prairie Workday – Cook County

Sunset on the Prairie Workday

Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, 509 IL-155, Prairie Du Rocher, IL 62277, USA

Come show love to the hill prairies at Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve.  We'll work to remove invasive plants, explore together, help nature together, learn about local ecology together and enjoy the views!Make an impact! Join Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves and Illinois Department of Come dressed for nature and be ready to learn. Join the … Continue reading Sunset on the Prairie Workday

Total Lunar Eclipse

Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve, 3325 G Rd, Fults, IL 62244, USA

Friends of IL Nature Preserves and Clifftop invite you to join us! Take a nap in the afternoon to stay up late and join us for this unique event. Washington University professors will be on hand to cover all aspects of the event, photograph the event for display on a computer screen and answer your … Continue reading Total Lunar Eclipse

Restoration Day

Harry's Prairies

Illinois NaturePreserves Commission Natural Areas Preservation Specialist, Debbie Newman, hasarranged for a special workday at Harry's Prairies, a Natural Heritage Landmark.Work planned for volunteers is to drag brush/cut up trees and cut and treatsmaller stems. Water and snacks will be available but volunteers should bring lunch ifyou plan to stay the whole time.Please RSVP to … Continue reading Restoration Day

Shaw Woods & Prairie Workday – Lake County

Skokie River Nature Preserve, West end of Laurel Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA

Join the community of stewards learning and working at Shaw Woods & Prairies. Park at the west end of Laurel Ave. Email shawcommunity@friendsilnature.org to RSVP or with Questions.

Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Island view parking lot, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, USA

Restoreecological health to the island of rare plants!  Participate in eco-restoration volunteeringyear-round on Langham Island, on Thursdays and Saturdays of alternatingweeks.  Wheneverthe river is not passable, we work at our alternate site, a sand savanna withinKankakee River State Park, a walking distance from Parking Area A (ArcheryRange).Weask that you RSVP so that we can be in … Continue reading Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA

Join the magic at Middlefork! Over the next few weeks, community members will pull invasive garlic mustard scout for other invasive species, protect rare plants from deer with small cages to ensure a portion of the seed can be collected for the seed mix, and discuss the ecosystem and community together. No experience necessary.   RSVP … Continue reading Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

Old Plank Road Prairie Workday – Cook County

5323 Miller Cir Dr Matteson, IL 60443

The spirit and energy of the community gather at the ancient prairie.Spring is here—and then it will be gone, and then it will be here again, etcetera etcetera until Memorial Day—and as the seasons change our priorities will shift.Meet at the intersection of Miller Circle Drive and Central Ave at 10 AMRemember to bring work … Continue reading Old Plank Road Prairie Workday – Cook County

Things to know before you come:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask if unable to social distance from others at the site.
  • Bring water and a snack. Dress for the wilderness – this should include sturdy boots or shoes, a hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Long pants and a long sleeve shirt are suggested.
  • We work hard, but at our own pace, and we often take breaks to share snacks and share ideas and nature with each other.

If you are attending a workday at a nature preserve owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, please complete and bring the IDNR Volunteer Waiver to the workday when you attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy at 779-212-2785 or amy@friendsilnature.org