Opportunity Details

Oxbow Prairie - Stewardship Volunteer Days


This old oxbow in the Chicago River's North Branch is a combination of low, wet prairie soils and slightly higher mesic prairie soils. A small open savanna lies northwest of Bunker Hill savanna. The mesic prairie had an abundance of Eurasion grasses, Queen Anne's lace, and tall goldenrod. With management, the more conservative prairie plants such as northern dropseed, stiff goldenrod, golden alexanders and big bluestem grass are returning. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers and enjoy a different view here.

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Unlimited Positions available!

N Caldwell Ave & N Tonty Ave
Chicago IL, 60646

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.

If you are a GROUP of 10 or more, please contact the steward before signing your group up for a workday. It helps insure workdays that are safe and enjoyable for all. Thanks!

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Requirements & Documents

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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.


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