You're Invited! Join us as we work to restore health to the beautiful North Branch natural areas. We welcome all who care about the preserves. No need to be experienced, the stewards will provide instructions, tools and usually, a snack to enjoy at mid-workday break!

If you plan to bring a group larger than a half dozen or so, please contact the steward ahead of time, to be sure that the work planned can accommodate a large number of volunteers and that we have plenty of supplies on hand. Click on the workday you’re interested in to get to the page with contact information.

SCHEDULE OF WORKDAYS FOR SPRING–SUMMER 2016

ALL WORKDAYS ARE 3 HOURS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Harms Flatwoods 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, March 27, 2016
Sauganash Prairie/Labagh Woods10am
Somme Woods 9am

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Indian Road Woods 9am

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Kickoff for this new site!

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am
Somme Woods 9am

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Somme Prairie Grove * 9am
Watersmeet Prairie Grove 9am

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Miami Woods Prairie 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Indian Road Woods 9am
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve 10am

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Comcast Cares on Earth Day!
Bunker Hill Savanna 9am
Linne Woods 9am
Oxbow Prairie 9am
Spicebush Woods 9am CANCELLED

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Harms Flatwoods 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Clayton Smith Flatwoods 10am
Kickoff for this new site!
Somme Prairie Grove * 9am

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Harms Woods 9am
Somme Woods 9am

Saturday, May 14, 2016
River Day along the North Branch!
Blue Star Woods 9am
Harms Woods East 9am
Indian Road Woods 9am
Linne Woods 9am
Oxbow Prairie 9am
Watersmeet Prairie Grove 9am

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Harms Woods 1pm
Miami Woods Prairie 9am
Somme Prairie Grove * 9am

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Harms Flatwoods 9am
Miami Woods Prairie 9am
Somme Prairie Grove * 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Bunker Hill Savanna 9am
Somme Woods 9am

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am
Oxbow Prairie 9am
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve
10am

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Blue Star Woods 10am
Indian Road Woods 9am
Watersmeet Prairie Grove 9am

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am
Somme Woods 9am

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Linne Woods 9am
Oxbow Prairie 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Bunker Hill Savanna 9am
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve 10am

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am

Sunday, June 19, 2016
Clayton Smith Flatwoods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie 9am

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Somme Woods East 10am

Sunday, July 3, 2016
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve 10am

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Blue Star Woods 10am
Indian Road Woods 9am
Linne Woods 9am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Forest Glen Woods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am
Watersmeet Prairie Grove 9am

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Labagh-Hernandez Woods 10am

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Indian Road Woods 9am

Sunday, July 31, 2016
Clayton Smith Flatwoods 10am
Somme Woods East 10am

 Printable Calendar

* Park at Somme Woods

Note: there are two different meeting places for the Somme Preserves. Please check directions to each site carefully.

SPECIAL EVENTS

North Branch is growing!
We've added two new management sites to the array of natural areas along the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Clayton Smith Flatwoods lies south of Harts Road and north of the Bunker Hill Savanna parking lot. Forest Glen Woods is situated between Indian Road Woods and Labagh-Hernandez Woods.
Join the kickoff events at the two sites – April 9th (Forest Glen) and May 7th (Clayton Smith).

Comcast Cares on Earth Day
Each spring Comcast employees join North Branch volunteers at Bunker Hill, Oxbow Prairie and Linne Woods to help keep these treasures healthy and vibrant.
We meet at the Bunker Hill picnic shelter for breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00am before heading out to cut brush and pull weeds. Join us on April 30th and meet some great folks from Comcast!

Get down and dirty!
Each year, Friends of the Chicago River sponsors a river clean-up event, this year on Saturday, May 14, 2016. This annual metro-wide volunteer day spans the river’s 156-mile system.
Along the North Branch, volunteers will work at six different sites, removing litter, improving trails, and removing invasive vegetation. Check the Calendar for sites and start times. And remember to dress in your old-don't-mind-getting-dirty clothes!

For even more information or to register for a site, visit the Friends of the Chicago River website.

   
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