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McClaughrey Springs Woods - Stewardship Volunteer Days

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Description

Join us for a Heart Your Park Day of Service at McClaughrey Springs Woods on Sunday, October 2, 9-12pm. We will remove invasive woody brush to restore health and diversity to the Preserves. Snacks, water, and the necessary tools and supplies will be provided. Thanks to our partners at @NationalRecreationandParkAssociation and @CITGO Fueling Good for supporting stewardship!

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.

Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent/guardian or attend with a chaperoned organized youth group (school, scouts, church). Volunteers under age 18 must have their volunteer waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Schedule

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4 Dec 2022

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Meeting at Palos Park Woods North

Location Description:  Palos Park Woods North

Contact: Diana Krug

Phone: (312) 504-6473

Notes: Check location day of event in case conditions require location update. Please be prompt. Folks must wear long pants, sturdy shoes or boots and sox, long sleeves recommended. Bring water in reusable bottle and snack. Shorts and sandals will not work, there is a lot of poison ivy. Available Positions:  24

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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1 Jan 2023

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Meeting at Palos Park Woods North

Location Description:  Palos Park Woods North

Contact: Diana Krug

Phone: (312) 504-6473

Notes: Check location day of event in case conditions require location update. Please be prompt. Folks must wear long pants, sturdy shoes or boots and sox, long sleeves recommended. Bring water in reusable bottle and snack. Shorts and sandals will not work, there is a lot of poison ivy. Available Positions:  25

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


Location
McClaughry Springs
Palos Park IL, 60464


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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


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


Website:
https://www.restorepalos.com/


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Requirements

Requirements
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. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent/guardian or attend with a chaperoned organized youth group (school, scouts, church). Volunteers under age 18 must have their volunteer waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
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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