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Wayside Woods Prairie Stewardship Volunteer Days

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Description

Volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate.


One of the fine prairie restorations along the North Branch is Wayside Woods Prairie. A former baseball diamond is now covered with prairie flowers joining two small, high quality prairie remnants. Many of the classic prairie plants are found here, including grasses such as big bluestem, switch grass and northern dropseed, stiff and Riddell's goldenrods, tall coreopsis, prairie dock, compass plant and many others. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we care for this site.

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Schedule

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18 Dec 2022

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Main lot, Lehigh Ave north of Dempster

Contact: Larry Hodak

Phone: (312) 203-9380

Available Positions:  15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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25 Feb 2023

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Main lot, Lehigh Ave north of Dempster

Contact: Larry Hodak

Phone: (312) 203-9380

Available Positions:  15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


Location
Wayside Woods
Morton Grove IL


Meet at Wayside Prairie Forest Preserve parking lot on the west side of Lehigh Ave., a few blocks east of Waukegan Road and just north of Dempster.


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Website:
https://www.northbranchrestoration.org/index.html


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Requirements

Requirements
Volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate.
All volunteers need to complete the volunteer agreement and waiver form in order to participate. Be prepared for variable weather, uneven terrain, standing and/or walking for two or more hours, working near a fire, and hazardous insects and plants.

What to Expect
Stewardship volunteers help to restore natural habitat by performing seasonal restoration tasks. The work may include removing weeds and invasive vegetation, cutting and burning invasive woody plants, collecting and spreading native seed, and collecting trash. These tasks may incorporate the use of tools, including hand saws, loppers, pruning shears, trowels, shovels, rakes, and other hand tools (manual). All necessary tools, supplies, gloves, and training will be provided.

Safety
While we strive to create the safest environment possible, it is impossible to eliminate all potential hazards when working outside in nature. Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and other seasonally appropriate clothing that can get dirty. Bring a water bottle. Hazards may include stinging or biting insects, poison ivy, walking on uneven terrain, a fire to burn cut brush, and inclement weather.

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service. Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions. DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you: 1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control 2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections




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