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 CANCELLED

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
Turnbull Woods 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

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* 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 next workday at the two sites –
June 19th (Clayton Smith)
June 25th (Forest Glen)

Another new opportunity!

Turnbull Woods is a roughly 60-acre oak woodland located across the street from the Chicago Botanic Garden. Originally used as a seed source to stock the highly diverse restoration at CBG's McDonald Woods, over the last couple decades the site has fallen on hard times due to the proliferation of Buckthorn and Honeysuckle. However, the past two winters have seen contractors clear invasive brush from roughly 20 acres, and a few volunteer workdays have been held. There is reason for hope!

Daniel Suarez (773-415-3197)
from Audubon Chicago Region will lead a tour of the site on Sunday June 26th from 9:00am to noon. We'll discuss long and short-term priorities at the site, and then we'll go across the street to the CBG's McDonald Woods to take a look at a diverse restored woodland to aspire toward at Turnbull. Hope you can join us!

 

   
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