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Whistler Woods Volunteer Workday

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Little Calumet 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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Beaubien Woods Volunteer Workday

Beaubien Woods is located along the Calumet River on the south border of Chicago. At the time of settlement it was best described as a mosaic of sand prairie, marsh, and savanna. The main work area consists of remnant marsh and former prairie. The marsh has been invaded by wetland plants that need to be reduced or removed to improve the natural plant communities there. The former prairie has had anthropogenic disturbance and activities there will revolve around removal of non-native brush.

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LaBagh Woods Volunteer Workday

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering 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.

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North Shore Channel Planting

Join us as we install 4,500 native plants along the banks of the North Shore Channel in Evanston and Skokie. We will be working across 4 days in June and July. Volunteers may join for one day, or more than one. Lunch and all necessary equipment will be provided.   

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North Shore Channel Planting

Join us as we install 4,500 native plants along the banks of the North Shore Channel. We will be working across 4 days in June and July. Volunteers may join for one day, or more than one. Lunch and all necessary equipment will be provided.   

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Somme Woods East Volunteer Workday

Rich with native plants and animals, Somme Woods East is part of the visionary Next Century Conservation Plan to ensure that thousands of acres of healthy woodlands, wetlands, and prairies continue to exist and thrive in our forest preserves. 

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Forest Glen Woods Volunteer Workday

Forest Glen is part of the Lower North Branch Preserves. This unique woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem needs help from our volunteer community to remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion.

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12th Annual Big Fish Ball

The Big Fish Ball is Friends' annual fundraiser, where 500 civic, philanthropic, business, and community leaders and river enthusiasts celebrate the Chicago River system at this river-centric event. This year we will be at The Westin Chicago River North.

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LaBagh Woods Volunteer Workday

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering 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.

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Friends' Summer Cruise benefiting the Bridgehouse Museum

Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is a gateway to the river. Enjoy an evening on the river with us as we discover the ever-changing function and evolution of the Chicago River. Friends' Summer Cruise is generously sponsored by PepsiCo and the Wendella Sightseeing Company and benefits Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

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It's a New River Summer Cruise

Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is a gateway to the river. Enjoy an evening on the river with us as we discover the ever-changing function and evolution of the Chicago River. Friends' Summer Cruise is generously sponsored by PepsiCo and the Wendella Sightseeing Company and benefits Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

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North Shore Channel Planting

Join us as we install 4,500 native plants along the banks of the North Shore Channel. We will be working across 4 days in June and July. Volunteers may join for one day, or more than one. Lunch and all necessary equipment will be provided.   

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Chicago River Evening Paddle

Join us in a leisurely moonlit jaunt along the Chicago River as the sun sets and the river transitions to a nocturnal landscape. Witness how the river changes as you canoe along tree-lined banks through quiet neighborhoods. Use all of your senses and the light of the moon to guide you, and keep an eye out for wildlife. 

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North Branch Wilderness Paddle

Our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife, including herons, turtles, mink and deer. We'll paddle six river miles from Winnetka to Morton Grove along the North Branch of the Chicago River, passing through quiet, forested landscapes as the narrow river meanders back and forth. 

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Moonlight Lagoons Paddle

Join us in an exclusive after-hours moonlit paddle through the Skokie Lagoons. Keep your eyes and ears open as the nocturnal world comes awake! Night paddling is not normally permitted in the Forest Preserves, so this is a special opportunity to experience the lagoons from a rare perspective. 

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