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Description

Make a commitment to a grove, river, lake, or trail and clean up litter at your adopted site from April thru November. We will help you choose a site and provide an Adopt-A-Site kit with everything you need for your cleanups.


Schedule

Dates: 9 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2020

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall
Location

Cook County IL

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Just about anyone can take part: individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic groups, clubs, organizations, fraternities, and faith groups

Conduct at least 8 litter cleanups per year, or once per month April to November.

The Forest Preserve District will:
* Install an adoption sign at the site after you complete your 8 cleanups
* Provide necessary permits and safety information
* Provide trash bags and gloves
* Offer ongoing access to knowledgeable staff as a resource
* Collect and dispose of filled litter bags and other debris cleared from the adoption site

A Coordinator will help connect you to an available site when you sign up for the opportunity.



Description

Save the world one acre at a time. Join us for an ecological restoration workday. Cut and burn invasive brush, harvest native seed in season and have fun.

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Location
Arie Crown Forest 6800 S LaGrange road
Hodgkins IL, 60525

Description of location
Drive through outer parking lot, bear right at 'Y'. Look for Habitat Managment signs. gps 41.766382, -87.867719


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Secondary contact:
Master Steward John Dudlo
jdudlo@gmail.com
312 988 5946


Website:
www.restoringnature.org


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*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time

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Description

Baker's Lake, home to one of the most significant heron rookeries in the Midwest, is a birdwatcher's dream. Join our volunteer group and help restore bird habitat and improve biodiversity. Workday tasks include removing invasive vegetation, harvesting native seed, and other restoration activities.


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Location
Harvard Ave. and George St
Barrington IL, 60010

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https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.1400469,-88.1262353/@42.1401557,-88.1253295,16.75z


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* Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time

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Description

The Bartel Grassland Volunteers are restoring a 585 acre hayfield to a grassland where bobolinks nest in the spring/summer and short-eared owls feed in the winter. Participating in volunteer restoration is one of the best ways to enjoy and develop a deeper understanding of Bartel Grassland. Volunteers can work on invasive plant control, seed harvesting, hydrological restoration and more.


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Location
Flossmoor Road and Central Avenue
Tinley Park IL, 60445

Description of location
Meet at main parking lot on the south side of Flossmoor Rd, just west of Central Ave


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* Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

* SIGN UP NOT REQUIRED.



Description

Join us to help restore this unique prairie and woodland ecosystem back to health! Trained leaders show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them. Depending on the season, workdays may also include native seed collection for dispersal in areas cleared of invasive species, hand pulling invasive grasses and flowers, as well as nature walks to enjoy the preserve.


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Group leaders must always contact the site steward first before registering for workdays:
Laura Milkert: lmilkert@fieldmuseum.org


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Location
Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve
Chicago IL, 60633

Description of location
Volunteers should meet at the forest preserve's only picnic shelter, which is adjacent to Flatfoot Lake. Take the Bishop Ford/I-94 to the Beaubien Woods Exit #69, just south of 130th Street. If you are coming from the south, exit at 130th Street and loop back onto the expressway so that you can get off at the Beaubien Woods Exit. After taking exit #69, turn right at the T and follow the road to the parking lot and picnic shelter.


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Secondary contact:
Lorena Lopez
llopez@fieldmuseum.org


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All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday. To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, please RSVP to Laura Milkert at least two days before the event.


Are you a group? Please note!
Group leaders must always contact the site steward first before registering for workdays:
Laura Milkert: lmilkert@fieldmuseum.org



Description

Come and explore the natural communities of Bemis North, which include floodplain forests, woodlands, savanna and marsh. Help dedicated volunteers cut brush, pull weeds or collect seeds depending on season and weather. All levels of experience welcome.

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Location
Bemis Woods North
Westchester IL, 60154

Description of location
Bemis Woods North Parking lot by Grove 1, close to the intersection of 31st & Wolf Rd.


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*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time

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Description

Come and explore the natural communities of Bemis South, which include remnant oak woodlands on a terrace above the floodplain forest lining Salt Creek. Help dedicated volunteers cut brush, pull weeds or collect seeds depending on season and weather. All levels of experience welcome.


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Location
Bemis Woods South
Proviso IL, 60558

Description of location
On Ogden Avenue between Wolf Rd. and I-294. Enter on north side of Ogden; bear left at entrance and follow driveway all the way to the farthest west parking lot; look for "Volunteers" signs.


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Website:
www.restoringnature.org


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Requirements

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time



Description

Black Partridge Woods is one of the first dedicated nature preserves in Illinois. The 80 acre site features river bluffs, ravine forests, and spring-fed streams. The preserve boasts one of the earliest and diverse displays of spring wildflowers in the region. Restoration activities center on the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and barberry with the use of loppers and hand saws. Weather permitting we will build and burn brush piles.


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Location
Black Partridge Woods
Lemont IL, 60517

Description of location
Meet at the Black Partridge Woods parking lot, which is on the north side of Bluff Road, 1.2 miles west of Lemont Road in Lemont. Bluff Road is roughly 111th Street south.


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Secondary contact:
Jan Pietrzak
janaugust@sbcglobal.net
708-439-1767


Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes.
* Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when we're burning brush piles.
* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
* We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks.

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Description

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement as North Branch Restoration Project volunteers gather to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.

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Location
Blue Star Memorial Woods E Lake Ave,
Glenview IL, 60025

Description of location
Enter the parking lot from the south side of Lake Street, just west of Harms Road and east of the bicycle overpass. We'll meet at the north end of the parking lot.


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Secondary contact:
Stewardship Workday Leader Rett Donnelly
rett.donnelly@gmail.com


Website:
http://fpdcc.com/cv


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially when brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Bluff Spring Fen is a 100-acre Illinois Nature Preserve. The Fen is a mosaic of upland, wetland, and wooded remnant plant communities and is home to over a dozen threatened and endangered species. Over the past 30 years, dedicated volunteers have transformed this once desolate dumping ground into a world-renowed natural area. The Friends of Bluff Spring Fen continue to restore diversity to the site at twice monthly workdays.


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Location
Bluff Spring Fen
Elgin IL, 60120

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Secondary contact:
Leon Halloran
bluffspringfen@gmail.com


Website:
http://friendsofbluffspringfen.com/home/


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Requirements

* Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time



Description

Shedd's Great Lakes Action Days are about making a direct and positive difference for local wildlife. Cutting brush, pulling weeds, or collecting seeds, depending on season and weather. All ages and experience levels are welcomed, --including no experience--.


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Location
905 N Edgewood
La Grange IL, 60526

Description of location

Turn south onto Edgewood Ave at the Bob Mann Woods sign off of 31st St., and take Edgewood down to the end where you will find a grassy/gravel parking area to your left. Park here and walk about 0.25 miles further south along the paved trail to arrive at the site, which is just on the off the trail to the left. 


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Secondary contact:
Stewardship Leader GLAD
GreatLakesActionDays@sheddaquarium.org


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http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Teen-Programs/Great-Lakes-Action-Days/


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Park on Sunnyside Ave and 31st, La Grange, IL. Walk over to the Bob Mann Sign and meet in the grassy lot at the end of Edgewood Ave, where the Salt Creek Trail is located.

* Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time



Description

Join the energetic Brookfield Woods volunteers and help restore local natural areas. Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.

Dołącz się do dynamicznej grupy wolontariuszy i pomóż przywrócić naturalny stan ekologiczny lokalnym obszarom. Zażyj kilka godzin spokoju i naucz się jak identyfikować i usuwać gatunki inwazyjne, które grożą bioróżnorodności prezerwatów.

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Location
Brookfield Woods 25th ST and S 7th AVE
Brookfield IL, 60513

Description of location
26th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue


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http://www.restoringnature.org/index.html


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Requirements

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. *Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Bring a water bottle and a snack

Wymagania
*Wolontariusze powinni byc w stanie spedzic 2-3 godziny na zewnatrz i chodzic po nierównym terenie
*Narzedzia i trening beda udzielone na miejscu
*Prosze sie pojawic kilka minut przed rozpoczeciem dnia pracy
*Prosze ubrac sie odpowiednio, byc gotowym do pracy na zawnatrz z mozliwoscia pobrudzenia sie. *Warstwy ubran: dlugie spodnie i skarpetki sa zalecane.
*Prosze przyniesc wode i przekaske do spozycia



Description

This is the Notification List for the Brush Pile Building & Burning Class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

Description of location
Locations across Forest Preserves, Cook County.


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Requirements

This class is offered several times throughout the year.

To see if there are any available dates, click on the website at the bottom of this page.

* Learn how to properly construct, safely ignite, monitor and secure brush piles
* Learn the pre and post-burn communication requirements
* Learn how to utilize weather data and to make site observations that will inform decisions at workdays
* This class, a written test and two field observations are required to become a Brush Pile Burn Boss
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

This is the Notification List for Brushcutter Training, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 30+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward.


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Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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This class is typically offered in January, July and October

* There will be a classroom review of safety issues, proper maintenance, including blade changing and sharpening and a field portion demonstrating proper operation, followed by practice time for each participant
* Wear sturdy leather boots and outdoor clothing to the training
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 30 HOURS ONLINE

To see if there are any available dates, click on the website at the bottom of this page.

Click "APPLY" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

Join the North Branch Restoration Project with the Centennial Volunteers to restore this oak woodland to its former beauty! This 76-acre site is new to restoration and will depend on the community of volunteers to remove invasive species, spread native seed, and much more. Large pin oaks are a unique feature of this preserve, which is also home to some beautiful spring ephemerals.


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Location
6639 W. Harts Road
Niles IL, 60714

Description of location

Meet in the parking lot off of W Harts Road.


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Secondary contact:
Katie Miller
katie.l.manion@gmail.com


Website:
http://fpdcc.com/cv


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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes

*Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles

* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms

* We provide gloves and the necessary tools



Description

This beautiful preserve is just one example of the rich diversity that once was the vast Illinois landscape. Its open savanna, oak woodland and river bluff ecosystems offer interesting views in all seasons. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting these high quality natural areas.

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Location
N Caldwell Ave and N Tonty Ave
Chicago IL, 60646

Description of location
The parking lot entrance is on the west side of Caldwell between Devon and Touhy, just opposite Tonty Street. For Bunker Hill workdays, we meet in the first section of the parking lot. For Oxbow Prairie workdays, follow the drive until it turns north, then park along the west side.


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Secondary contact:
Rebecca Blazer
rebecca_blazer@hotmail.com
(773) 972-8080


Website:
www.northbranchrestoration.org


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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Busse Woods is one of the highest quality natural areas in the Forest Preserves. The Friends of Busse Woods volunteers have been working since 2008 to help nature stay healthy. All year long, in all types of weather, our hearty and enthusiastic group meets twice monthly to give back to our environment and enjoy good company.


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Location
Busse South E Higgins Rd
Elk Grove Village IL, 60007

Description of location
http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/pdf/FPCC-Busse_Forest_South-Grove-Map-2014.pdf


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Website:
https://bussewoods.weebly.com/


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For GROUPS of 5 or more people, please contact bussewoodsfriends@gmail.com before registering to confirm there will be sufficient space for your group.

Visit https://bussewoods.weebly.com/ for more information.

Facebook: FriendsofBusseWoods
Twitter: @bussewoodsfp



Description

The Calling Frog Survey is a citizen science program based at Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This program trains volunteer monitors to identify the 13 species of northern Illinois frogs by call and by sight. Monitors work with program coordinators to establish call survey routes on publicly-managed land and conduct evening surveys to record observations of calling intensity during three rounds of frog breeding activity between Feb. 28 and July 10. These frog call observations serve as a metric of breeding activity for local populations, and help us track changes in distribution of populations, and frog response to changes in habitat. No prior experience is necessary. You may attend any of our workshops and you may opt to monitor with a partner. Monitors conduct a minimum of three evening surveys per season.

For more information go to: http://frogsurvey.org/ and http://www.naturemuseum.org/nature-and-science-in-action/citizen-science.


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Location

Cook County IL

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Secondary contact:
FPCC Volunteer Program Specialist Mary Busch
mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


Website:
frogsurvey.org


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Requirements

Volunteers that have attended the training class collect and submit data each spring. The level of commitment is:

Attend one winter workshop
3 site visits per season for multiple seasons
Each site visit lasts for about an hour
Learn the calls of 13 frogs and toads



Description

The trails you love to ride are built and maintained by volunteers, riders just like you. The hours are (kind of) short and the pay is low (ok, no pay), but the work is fun and you do get a free lunch and a chance to ride with the people you just met, after lunch.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings
Location
Bull Frog Lake
Willow Springs IL, 60480

Description of location
Meeting locations depends on where we will be working at, Please verify location my checking http://cambr.org/workdays 4/19 workday, we will be meeting at bottom of dynamite road at 9am http://goo.gl/maps/mq9f7


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Secondary contact:
South President Burak Balkuv
bbalkuv@cambr.org


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www.cambr.org


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Be prepared for the conditions and a good hike. Some volunteers bring a change of clothes, especially during the hot summer months. In cooler weather, dress in multiple thin layers to better regulate your temperature. When it is dry, we usually do a group ride after the trail work is done (and sometimes one before as well). So bring your bike gear. We supply you with all hand tools needed. Remember to not over-exert yourself in extreme heat, use tools safely, and only use tools you are comfortable with. One thing to be careful of is poison ivy, though simple precautions will protect you most of the time.

The important stuff:
Insect repellant
Leather work gloves
Hard-soled boots
Long pants (Protection from ticks)
Hat (Protection from branch tips and thorns)
Protective eyewear (Protection from branch tips and thorns)
Hydration pack (water bottles get lost)
Hooded raincoat (if the forecast dictates)

Every volunteer must sign an annual waiver.

Lunch is provided.



Description

Camp Pine contains a wide variety of natural areas, including sedge meadow, savanna, swamp white oak flatwoods, upland oak-hickory woodlands, and oak-maple forests. Join us as we monitor and restore this site.


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Location
Camp Pine W Lake Ave & N Des Plaines River Road
Glenview IL, 60056

Description of location
Meet at the farthest parking lot at Camp Pine Woods on Euclid/Lake Avenue between Des Plaines and Glenview, just east of the Des Plaines River. Enter from east bound, no left turn from west bound (turn around on River Road)


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Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

It is not necessary to pre-register, but if you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.



Description

Cap Sauers is the largest nature preserve in northeastern Illinois. Its 1,520 acres feature rolling hills, running streams, and the Visitation esker, a rare type of glacial formation. Restoration activities include the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn, and the collection and distribution of seeds of desirable native plants. Main tools used are loppers and hand saws. Weather permitting, we may build and burn brush piles.


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Location
Cap Sauers Holdings
Palos Park IL, 60464

Description of location
Park at pull-out on the south side of Route 83, 1.3 miles west of 104th Avenue. You'll see a Cap Sauers sign and a chain strung across an old road going into the property.


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Secondary contact:
Jan Pietrzak
janaugust@sbcglobal.net
708-439-1767


Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes.
* Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles.
* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
* We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks.

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Description

Cap Sauers is the largest nature preserve in northeastern Illinois. Its 1,520 acres feature rolling hills, running streams, and the Visitation esker, a rare type of glacial formation. Restoration activities include the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn, and the collection and distribution of seeds of desirable native plants. Main tools used are loppers and hand saws. Weather permitting, we may build and burn brush piles.


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Location
Cap Sauers Holdings
Lemont IL, 60464

Description of location
Driveway of old FP watchman's house on Ford Rd.


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Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes for walking over uneven terrain.
* Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles.
* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
* We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks, but please consider bringing extra water



Description

La pradera de Cermak se encuentra al oeste del rio Des Plaines y contiene diversas comunidades de plantas nativas.  Ayudanos a cuidar este precioso lugar.  Con su ayuda podemos eliminar especies invasoras para expandir el habitat de nuestras plantas y animales.  Se recomienda traer: Pantalones largos, camiseta de manga larga y zapatos para estar afuera/caminar.


Cermak Prairie is an 18 acre natural area within Cermak Woods in Lyons, IL.  The prairie lies west of the Des Plaines River and occurs on flat glacial lake bottom sediment and more recently deposited alluvium.  The site sustains remnant prairie and wooded floodplain natural communities.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Cermak Prairie
Lyons IL

Description of location
Cermak Prairie is an 18 acre natural area within Cermak Woods in Lyons.  The prairie lies west of the Des Plaines Reiver and occurs on flat glacial lake bottom sediment and more recently deposited alluvium.  The site sustains remnant prairie and wooded floodplain natural communities.


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All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Wear natural fiber clothing or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.



Description

Chainsaw Maintenance is a class for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers who are either a Feller I or II. This is a hands on class that will focus on how to properly care for your chainsaw, including: sharpening, mechanics and inspection.

This a perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know your fellow saywers.

If you have a saw or other equipment that needs to be fixed, be sure to bring it with you to the class.


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Cook County IL

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*Bring your FPCC issued chainsaw and any associated maintenance tools

FPCC will provide necessary tools and supplies to repair chainsaws



Description

Chainsaw Assistant training is a class for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers. 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward is required for enrollment.

* Training provides an overview of safe and effective chainsaw operation at FPCC Stewardship Sites and basic maintenance *

Attending this class will certify you as a Chainsaw Operator Assistant.


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Cook County IL

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* The Classroom portion will certify you as a Chainsaw Safety Assistant

* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15+ HOURS ONLINE or have a recommendation from a Site Steward or FPCC staff

To sign up for the class, click "SIGN UP INDIVIDUAL". Chainsaw Safety Assistant should sign up for the "Class Only" option below.

If you cannot make the class date or the date does not show up below (because it is full), click on the website at the bottom of this page and sign up for the Chainsaw Training wait list. You will then receive notification when the next date is posted.



Description

The Friends of the Chicago Portage have been working year round since 2002 to return native plant communities to the Portage area as well as keeping the trails clean and clear. Join our group of volunteers working to restore native habitat by removing invasive brush, collecting seeds and pulling weeds.

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Location
Chicago Portage National Historic Site
Lyons IL, 60534

Description of location
West side of Harlem Ave. South of 47th Street, North of I-55


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http://drupal.library.cmu.edu/chicago/history


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Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain.
All tools and onsite training will be provided.
Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty.Long pants, long sleeved shirt and sturdy, closed toe shoes are recommended.
Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brushpile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes.
Remember your sun protection. A hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended.



Description

Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve is surrounded by woodlands, savanna, and prairie. Distinguished by its peat bog ecosystem cradled by rolling upland woods, the site is a relic of the glacial era and supports habitats uncommon this far south. Restoration activities focus on around the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and barberry. Collection and distribution of seeds may also be done in season.


 


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Saturday: Mornings
Location
Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve
Willow Springs IL, 60480

Description of location
Meet at Country Lane Woods parking lot, on the south side of 95th Street about a half mile west of La Grange Road (Route 45). We normally park at the back end of the lot.


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Secondary contact:
Jan Pietrzak
janaugust@sbcglobal.net
708-439-1767


Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes. Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles. Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks.

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Description

Dan Ryan Woods is the last remaining undeveloped portion of Blue Island, one of the highest points in Chicago and once an island in ancient Lake Chicago. The site preserves remnants of woodland and savanna plant communities. Volunteer groups have turned more attention from the playfields to the wilder parts of the preserve. The volunteers are removing invasive species, promoting native trees and wildflowers and restoring eroding slopes.


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Location
2198 W. 87th St.
Chicago IL, 60620

Description of location
Dan Ryan Forest Preserve is a mix of deep woods with a closed canopy that keeps much from growing in the understory, more open edges where oaks preside over a mix of native and non-native grasses and flowers, and small wetlands. In the best woodland communities (found south of 87th street) grow wild geranium, jack-in-the-pulpit, Virginia waterleaf, and other spring ephemerals. The area also contains wood-chipped trails and a paved bike trail. Meet in the Dan Ryan Woods East parking lot, 2 blocks west of Damen on the north side of 87th.


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Lary Unruh
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All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.

To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, please RSVP to Benjamin Cox at least two days before the event.

GROUPS ? Currently, Dan Ryan Woods workdays are not appropriate for groups of 10 or more. Please see the FPCC calendar for other workday possibilities: www.fpdcc.com/VS



Description

Get to know Deer Grove while restoring the land. Meet volunteers who enjoy the outdoors and want to be hands-on in helping to protect important ecosystems. Activities range from the challenging to the easy! Seed collecting and planting, brush cutting, controlled burns, rare species monitoring, guiding tours, planning programs and many other opportunities. No experience needed, we will train for free!

Join us for National Public Land's Day and Party for the Preserves on Satuday, September 28th! Register below for our stewardship day from 2-4 and then participate in the day's festivities.



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Location
Deer Grove East Forest Preserve
Palatine IL, 60074

Description of location
Deer Grove Forest Preserve (East)


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Dress for weather and work. Training and tools provided. Workdays are planned for 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1 to 4pm and 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9 to Noon. We meet at Camp Reinberg which is off Quentin Road just north off Dundee Rd or far west end of parking lot off Dundee Rd entrance.



Description

The goal of the Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers is to restore to pre-settlement conditions the native plant and animal communities found in the forest preserve. Volunteers make this project possible and new faces are welcome. No previous experience is necessary, though knowledge is always valued. Come out, meet local citizens who care about our local ecosystems and learn about our natural heritage at our Nation's very first forest preserve.


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Location
1658 N Quentin Rd
Palatine IL, 60074

Description of location
From the intersection of Dundee and Quentin Roads in Palatine, head north on Quentin and turn LEFT at the first opportunity. Once inside Deer Grove turn right at the first stop sign, then go straight through the second stop sign. After a while you will come to your first parking on the RIGHT. That is the place where we meet! You will also see a trail map sign and a restoration kiosk.


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Steward Ron Vargason 837-398-1853


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http://deergrove.freehostia.com/


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We meet on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 to Noon, year around. We cut and remove invasive species such as buckthorn and other activities to restore the ecological health of Deer Grove. We are of all ages, and we share a common interest in restoring and protecting our local natural areas. Friendly people, c'mon out!
We work as long as it isn't raining (at least not too hard) so dress warmly for cold weather with good work shoes for walking in rough terrain. Layering is always good. Long sleeve shirts and pants are usually good even in warm weather to avoid mosquitoes and poison ivy. Bring insect repellent if you are sensitive. Work gloves and tools are provided. Feel free to bring water and anything else you might want while working.

Come out, meet local citizens who care about our local ecosystems and learn about our natural heritage at our Nation's very first forest preserve, an Illinois Nature Preserve.

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Description

Eggers is a mosaic of wooded ridges where spring wildflowers thrive and narrow wetlands filled with sedges, marsh grasses, and waterfowl. Help remove invasive species that threaten to crowd out native plants. Trained leaders show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools. Workdays may also include native seed collection, hand pulling invasive plants, and nature walks to enjoy the preserve.


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Location
Eggers Woods Forest Preserve S Ave B
Chicago IL, 60617

Description of location
Eggers Woods is composed of woodlands, savannas, and wetlands. It is one of the few remaining marshes in the entire Chicago metropolitan region where yellow-headed blackbirds and Virginia rails nest. It's varied natural areas make it attractive to migrating birds as well. The entrance to Eggers Woods is off 112th Street by the Burnham Greenway. The access road and parking lots wind south through the preserve.


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Secondary contact:
Site Steward Marianne Kozlowski
zed470812@gmail.com


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All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.

To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, groups (3 or more volunteers) please call John Pastirik at least two days before the event.



Description

National Safety Council First Aid/CPR training class for Forest Preserve staff and volunteers with at least 15 hours of service


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Location
Ogden and Howard
Western Springs IL

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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Weekday classes are typically offered once per month.

Saturday classes in 2019 will be:
March 30, May 18, September 14, and October 26

You can sign up for a class 90 days ahead of time.

* MUST BE FPCC STAFF OR A VOLUNTEER WITH AT LEAST 15 HOURS RECORDED ONLINE
* Bring your own lunch - 1/2 hour lunch break
* Wear comfortable clothes and shoes



Description

An important corridor for migratory birds, Forest Glen is part of the Lower North Branch Preserves. This unique woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem gets help from the North Branch Restoration Project volunteer community as we remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion issues.


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Location
Forest Glen Woods 5420 N Forest Glen Ave
Chicago IL, 60630

Description of location
Enter off of N Forest Glen Ave and meet at the end of the parking lot.


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http://fpdcc.com/cv


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially when brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Harms Flatwoods is dominated by huge bur and swamp white oaks, with an understory of black ash, winterberry, hazelnut and other native trees and shrubs. Flatwoods communities are very wet in the spring and fall rainy seasons because a clay pan underlying the top layers of soil tends to hold water. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers in removing invasive species, allowing the rich understory of this unique ecosystem to thrive.

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Location
Woods Drive & Golf Road, across from the Holocaust Museum
Skokie IL, 60077

Description of location
Meet at Forest Preserve Grove parking lot on the west side of Harms Road, directly west of Old Orchard Road where it ends on Harms Road.


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Secondary contact:
Steward Neil Peck
npeck@snpeck.com


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


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove invasive European buckthorn, brush and weeds from this fine oak woodland situated along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the village of Glenview.The woodland east of the River includes a mixture of upland woods, floodplain and wet woods. The close-by North Branch bike trail offers glimpses of the river interspersed with woodland vistas.

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Location
Harms Woods-Central
Morton Grove IL, 60053

Description of location
Meet in the Central Harms Woods parking lot (groves 3-4), on the west side of Harms Road, the next parking lot south of Old Orchard Road. Please be sure to arrive on time. If you arrive after we have left the meeting place, you may not be able to find where we are working for the day.


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Secondary contact:
Steward Lisa Culp Musgrave


Website:
www.northbranchrestoration.org


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove invasive European buckthorn, brush and weeds from this fine oak woodland situated along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the village of Glenview. Harms Woods is notable for its rich native flora. The plant list includes over 350 native species, over 40 percent of which are conservative species found almost exclusively in healthy, intact ecosystems.

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Location
Glenview Woods
Glenview IL, 60025

Description of location
Meet in the small on the west side of Harms Road, just south of Glenview Road. (The red FPDCC sign says Glenview Woods .)parking lot. Please be sure to arrive on time. If you arrive after we have left the meeting place, you may not be able to find where we are working for the day.


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Secondary contact:
Master Steward John Balaban
balx2@comcast.net
312-351-1254


Website:
www.northbranchrestoration.org


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Hidden Pond Woods offers a variety of delights, all within a short walk of the parking lot. The southern portion is oak woodland with small wetlands. The northern half is largely prairie, growing in increments year by year as more ground is reclaimed by volunteer efforts. Restoration activities include the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn, and the collection and distribution of seeds of desirable native plants.


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Location
W 93rd St and S Kean Ave
Hickory Hills IL, 60457

Description of location
Meet at intersection of Kean Avenue and Christina Drive (about five blocks north of 95th Street on Kean). We usually park on the side street (Christina) on the east side of Kean.


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Secondary contact:
Mary Busch
Mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov


Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes.
* Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles.
* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
* We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks.

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Description

This site sits along the south bank of the Chicago River. The woodland is dominated by majestic ancient Bur Oaks and filled with wild hyacinth in the spring. An adjacent old field is being restored to prairie. Join the North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as they work to protect the site from weedy invasive species and other threats.

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Location
5901 N Central Ave
Chicago IL, 60646

Description of location
The driveway into the site is on the east side of Central Ave, just south of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Proceed all the way east to the end of the driveway to the parking area.


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http://www.northbranchrestoration.org/index.html


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

From milkweed to goldenrod, Kickapoo's native prairie plants need your help. Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Little Calumet River. Learn to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river systems. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.


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Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827

Description of location
Meet at the Kickapoo picnic pavilion next to the model airplane field


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Secondary contact:
South Side Field Organizer Gloria Orozco
gloria@fotfp.org


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All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday. While this site is accessible by public transit, we can also work to arrange carpooling if desired.



Description

Kloempken Prairie contains a wide variety of remnant natural areas, including prairie, sedge meadow, savanna, swamp white oak flatwoods, upland oak-hickory woodlands, and oak-maple forests, all in about a 120 acre area. Join Kloempken Prairie restoration volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other invasive species, such as garlic mustard.

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Location
Oakton Community College 1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines IL, 60016

Description of location
We park in a parking lot on the Oakton Community College Campus in Des Plaines. Turn north from Golf Road at the traffic light on to College Drive, just east of the Des Plaines River between Des Plaines River Road and East River Road. Turn right at the first stop sign, in front of the main buildings. Then turn right at another stop sign into Parking Lot C, which is surrounded by woods. We meet at the east side of the lot, past the Maintenance building


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Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

It is not necessary to pre-register, but if you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.

Meet at Oakton Community College Parking Lot C



Description

This uncommon woodland community encompasses wet savanna, marsh, and mature floodplain woods, and is dominated by swamp white oaks. Join the North Branch Restoration Project volunteers in restoring this special site along the Chicago River. Learn how to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health to our forest preserves and river system. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Location
5275 N. Cicero
Chicago IL, 60646

Description of location
Meet at the Irene Hernandez parking lot off of Foster Avenue.


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Secondary contact:
Linda Marton
lsmarton@gmail.com


Website:
http://fpdcc.com/cv


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Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

If you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.

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Description

¡Ayúdanos a cuidar a nuestras reservas! Te necesitamos para proteger nuestros robles y ríos. Ven y disfruta de la naturaleza y aprende como identificar plantas nativas e introducidas.

All Latinx invited. All Spanish skill levels. Dress to be outside.

Únete con nosotros cada tercer sábado de 10 a 12:30 hs.

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Aprenda mas sobre la leyenda del tlacuache: https://koatlinchan.jimdo.com/el-tlakuache/


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Location
La calle 31 y La Grange Road
La Grange IL, 60526

Description of location
La calle 31 y La Grange Road, La Grange Park, IL 60526. Antes de llegar de la Avenida Brainard.


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Co-Steward Xochitl Lopez
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PREPÁRESE PARA SALIR AFUERA, HACER ACTIVIDADES Y AYUDAR!

Qué ponerse:
Vestirse en capas (mangas largas y cortas)
Ropa y zapatos que se puedan ensuciar
Zapatos cerrados y resistentes
Pantalones largos y calcetines largos
Protección contra el sol (cachuchas o gafas de sol)

Qué traer:
Botella de agua
Merienda saludable
Protector solar (crema)
Repelente de insectos

Por favor NO traiga:
Objetos de valor (joyas, MP3s, videojuegos)
Colonia / perfume
Pantalones cortos o calcetines cortos
Zapatos abiertos (chanclas, sandalias)
Ropa nueva



Description

Have you recently left a restoration workday feeling so inspired that you thought about becoming a stewardship leader yourself? The Path to Stewardship Program can get you there, become an Aspiring Stewardship Workday Leader today! Stewardship Workday Leaders communicate with the Site Steward(s) to plan workdays that are productive and inclusive, and most importantly operate within the site's approved Management Schedule.  

Learn to Plan Down to the Last Details: 
Workday logistics such as: bringing the appropriate tools, posting signage when needed, collecting signed waivers, assuring brush pile calls are made and any other reporting or tasks are completed as needed.


Lead by Example:
Introductions and a site orientation help your group feel included and informed right from the start. Learn to effectively communicate workday safety rules, demonstrate proper techniques for basic workday activities (brush cutting, brush pile burning, collecting and sowing seed). Become confident in identifying target species and share your knowledge with others to ensure a targeted and productive workday.


Available Forest Preserve Sites where Stewardship Workday Leaders are needed (download site descriptions):*
*Busse Woods
*Dolton Prairie
*Sundown Meadow
*Brookfield Prairie


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location

Cook County IL

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Identify a Steward who agrees to be your Coach through the Stewardship Workday Leader process, download the informational packet in the attachment link above.

Complete the 3 required courses:
1) Brush Pile Building and Burning
2) Managing Invasives
3) Group Leadership Training

Complete the Coaching process:
A) Observe Main Coach at a workday from start through finish
B) Observe One workdaysat an alternate stewardship site with a different steward
C) Lead workday at Main Site with Main Coach
D) Lead 1 workday with alternate Mentor observing either at main or alternate site
Recommendation for approval is signed by your coach

Attachments:

     Workday Leader Observation Form A

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     Workday Leader Observation Form B

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     Workday Leader Observation Form C

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     Workday Leader Observation Form D



Description

This 30 acre prairie has been impacted by agriculture, garbage dumping, and used for limestone spoil. North Branch Restoration Project volunteers have dedicated themselves to restoring this land and protecting the adjacent high quality prairie remnant, oak-hickory forest, and riparian areas from invasive species and other threats. Experience the beauty of its re-establishment and the return of wildlife.

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Location
Dempster and Lehigh
Morton Grove IL, 60053

Description of location
Meet at Wayside Woods 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:
http://www.friendsofthemortongroveforestpreserves.org/


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Linne Woods features a variety of spring and summer wildflowers with a canopy of oaks and hickories and an understory of ironwood and black cherry. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting the native woodland ecosystem.

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Location
Linne Woods
Morton Grove IL, 60053

Description of location
From the Edens Expressway, go west on Dempster street about 1.5 miles. The forest preserve entrance will be on the north side of the street directly across from McDonalds. Follow the winding road all the way back until it dead-ends at the turn-around circle.


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


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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.

For information and/or directions the day of the workday, please call 847-840-9694

Please do not arrive late -- you may not be able to find us.



Description

Litter threatens the health and beauty of our natural areas. Show that you care and inspire others to care by cleaning up your favorite grove, trail or shoreline.


Schedule

Dates: 20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2023

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall
Location

Cook County IL

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eCoordinator description of location


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- This is a self-led project
- We will provide gloves, trash bags, preparation and safety information (see attachment called "document")
- Volunteers should dress to be outside. Wear layers, sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty (see attachment called "what to wear/bring")
- You can customize your day by adding educational & recreational activities
- Once you apply for this Opportunity, a staff member will contact you to set up the details of your group cleanup

Be prepared to tell us:
1. How many people are in your group (up to 100)
2. Your preferred site. If you do not have a preference, we can help you find one close to you
3. Your preferred date and time (cleanups can take place April thru November and typically last two hours)

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Description

Did you know the oak woodland is more endangered than the tropical rain forest? Won't you help us remove invasive plants so the oaks can have sunlight and space once again? Gloves, tools, goggles, and light refreshments are provided.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
9800 Willow Springs Rd Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Willow Springs IL, 60480

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Website:
www.fpdcc.com


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* Volunteers will help staff remove invasive species along trail using loppers and bow saws
Dress appropriately for the weather.
* Youth 10-14 yrs old must be accompanied by a participating adult
* 15-17 year olds can volunteer with a parental consent waiver (View and print attachment "document")
* Not appropriate for court appointed community service

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     Waiver



Description

This is the Notification List for the Managing Invasives class, a training opportunity for experienced FPCC Ecological Stewardship Volunteers with 15+ hours of reported stewardship experience or the recommendation of FPCC staff or a Site Steward.

To register for the Managing Invasives IN-PERSON class on February 17, 2019, register here.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Classes are held at various locations each year.


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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This class is typically offered in Spring and Summer.

To see if there are any available dates, click on the website at the bottom of this page.

* Learn the difference between native, non-native and invasive plants
* Learn how to identify invasive plants commonly encountered at stewardship sites
* Learn best management practices and how to effectively treat invasive species
* Training includes classroom experience and outdoor field component
* Certification requires passing a written exam and two field observations
* Fulfills one of the three class requirements to become a Stewardship Workday Leader
* MUST HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST 15 HOURS ONLINE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION

Click "SIGN UP" to be put on a wait list and you will be notified when a class is posted and you can sign up for it (about 45-60 days before the class date).



Description

Mill Creek runs through the eastern, lowland portion of McClaughrey Springs. To the west are densely wooded ridges and ravines. The preserve is a popular destination for hikers and birders. Restoration activities focus on the removal of invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn, and the collection and distribution of seeds of desirable native plants.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings
Location
McClaughry Springs
Palos Park IL, 60464

Description of location
Meet at Palos Parks Woods North parking lot, on the east side of Kean Avenue about a block south of Route 83.


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Secondary contact:
Jan Pietrzak
janaugust@sbcglobal.net
708-439-1767


Website:
www.restorepalos.com


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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes.
* Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles.
* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms.
* We provide gloves and the necessary tools, as well as snacks.

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     Management Schedule



Description

Please create a Volunteer Profile HERE prior to attending the stewardship day.

The McCormick Woods volunteers are working to restore a savanna lush with wildflowers. Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.

Find the Des Plaines Ecological Stewardship Volunteers on Facebook!


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
McCormick Woods
North Riverside IL, 60546

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Secondary contact:
Bill Marszalec
billmarszalec@gmail.com
708-442-0580


Website:
restoringnature.org


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* Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time



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