Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

Island view parking lot, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, USA

Restore ecological health to the island of rare plants! Fall/winter is the time we manage invasive brush and thin out trees to bring light to the ground level. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty/damaged and solid shores. Pack a lunch and bring water to drink. Arrive at island view parking lot at 9:30-9:45 to … Continue reading Langham Island Workday – Kankakee County

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.

Kishwaukee Fen Eco-Restoration – McHenry County

Palmer Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014, USA

Summer may be at anend, but there is still important work to be done at the fen before brushcutting season is upon us. We’ll meet at 4:30pm this coming Tuesday, September 27. On the agenda: purpleloosestrife attack! We’ll hurry to remove the developing seed-heads of thisnasty invasive, and treat its stems to ensure it doesn’t … Continue reading Kishwaukee Fen Eco-Restoration – McHenry 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

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.

Middlefork Savanna Workday – Lake County

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

Join the magic at Middlefork! Volunteers will collect seeds of spring wildflowers as they are ripe and scout for invasive species for treatment.  We'll also walk and talk about the ecological significance of this beautiful site and enjoy the rare plants!RSVP and questions directed to middleforksavannavolunteers@gmail.com

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