Shaw Woods & Prairie Workday – Lake County

Skokie River Nature Preserve, Skokie Hwy, 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.  Visit https://www.shawprairiestewards.com/ for more information about the Shaw Prairie Stewards. Email shawcommunity@friendsilnature.org to RSVP or with Questions.

Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Island view parking lot, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, USA

Restore ecological health to the island of rare plants!  Participate in eco-restoration volunteering year-round on Langham Island, on Thursdays and Saturdays of alternating weeks.  Whenever the river is not passable, we work at our alternate site, a sand savanna within Kankakee River State Park, a walking distance from Parking Area A (Archery Range).We ask that you … 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 growing community of volunteer stewards at Middlefork Savanna Nature Preserve this weekend and enjoy the open savanna, participate in beautiful and globally important biodiversity projects while enjoying outdoor bonfire warmth and even bonfire cooking! This time of year, volunteers remove invasive tree and brush species from high quality prairie/savanna fragments that have survived from the ancient … Continue reading Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Island view parking lot, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, USA

Restore ecological health to the island of rare plants!  Participate in eco-restoration volunteering year-round on Langham Island, on Thursdays and Saturdays of alternating weeks.  Whenever the river is not passable, we work at our alternate site, a sand savanna within Kankakee River State Park, a walking distance from Parking Area A (Archery Range).We ask that you … Continue reading Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Yorkville Prairie Work Eco-Restoration Day – Kendall County

7350 Sundown Ln, Yorkville, IL 60560, USA

Lend a Hand! Join the community working to restore this IDNR-owned site at Yorkville Prairie, located adjacent to Saw Wee Kee Park,from 9am-12pm. Bring your work gloves and meet at the entrance to Saw Wee Kee Park at 9am. Tools will be provided. Contact Chris with questions at 630.554.4439 or chanley@oswegolandpd.org.

Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

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

Join the growing community of volunteer stewards at Middlefork Savanna Nature Preserve this weekend and enjoy the open savanna, participate in beautiful and globally important biodiversity projects while enjoying outdoor bonfire warmth and even bonfire cooking! This time of year, volunteers remove invasive tree and brush species from high quality prairie/savanna fragments that have survived from the ancient … Continue reading Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

Hitt’s Siding Nature Preserve Workday

There will be some touring of the site and some work cutting invasive brush from the site.  Please RSVP to michael.campbell5770@gmail.com for parking directions and to get workday updates.

Old Plank Road Prairie Work Eco-Restoration Day – Cook County

21800 Central Ave, Matteson, IL

The spirit and energy of the community gather at the ancient prairie.Enjoy the community around the brush pile fire and the beauty of this remnant treasure.  Meet at the South Suburban Humane Society at 9 AM. Remember to bring water and a snack for our break. As always, please RSVP to oprprairies@friendsilnature.org. Contact us with questions at oprpprairies@friendsilnature.org

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