Kishwaukee Fen Eco-Restoration – McHenry County

Palmer Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014, USA

The warm breezes and scents of late spring are here, andit's a wonderful time to be out at the preserve, helping nature.With the growing season underway, we’re transitioning fromshade reduction (important winter work) to weed control and seed harvest. Thiscoming Monday, we'll do some final canopy thinning, scout which seeds aregrowing ripe for harvest, and … Continue reading Kishwaukee Fen Eco-Restoration – McHenry 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 pull garlic mustard together and discuss the ecological significance of areas of the site. RSVP and questions directed to middleforksavannavolunteers@gmail.com

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

Southwick Drive, Matteson, IL 60443, USA

Eachpassing day brings ever more flowers to the Plank Road Prairies.  Bloomingnow are Ohio spiderwort, American vetch, and yellow stargrass.  Justcoming into bloom are wild quinine and porcupine grass. Alsocoming into bloom: unwanted plants like crown vetch and reed canarygrass!  Join us in keeping these diversity-threatening plants in check, sowe can all continue enjoying more spiderwort and … Continue reading Old Plank Road Prairie Work Eco-Restoration Day – Cook County

Yorkville Prairie Eco-Restoration Day

Yorkville Prairie Nature Preserve

The Oswegoland ParkDistrict will be hosting a volunteer workday from 9am – 12pm at Yorkville Prairie.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own gloves. Email Christopher Hanley <chanley@oswegolandpd.org> to RSVP and to get the meet-up location map.

Butterfly Count

Revis Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, Easton, IL 62633, USA

Join INPC staffer Angella Moorehouse and other volunteers for the summer ButterflyCounts. These counts are open to the public and do not require any special skills, but the ability to … Continue reading Butterfly Count

Butterfly Count

Meredosia Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, 719 Arenzville Rd, Meredosia, IL 62665, USA

Join INPC staffer Angella Moorehouse and other volunteers for the summer Butterfly Counts. These counts are open to the public and do not require any special skills, but the ability … Continue reading Butterfly Count

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