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North Branch Restoration Project Workdays

The Chicago metropolitan area containes some of Illinois’ largest and best remnants of our native eco-systems. These remaining natural lands are precious and irreplaceable, but they need our help to survive and prosper. Every weekend, in all kinds of weather, volunteers gather at scheduled sites to work, restoring health to the preserves by cutting brush, pulling weeds, gathering and sowing seeds. 

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Forest Glen Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Forest Glen is a part of the Lower North Branch Preserves, and brand new to volunteer stewardship. 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 issues.

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LaBagh Woods/Hernandez - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. This uncommon woodland community encompasses wet savanna, marsh, and mature floodplain woods, and is dominated by swamp white oaks. Learn how to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health to our forest preserves and river system. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Somme Woods East - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Somme Woods East, the furthest east of the Sommes, has bur and white oak woodlands with massive old oaks, open marshes, and ephemeral ponds. Rich with native plants and animals, they are being restored to their original beauty. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Somme Woods East - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Somme Woods East, the furthest east of the Sommes, has bur and white oak woodlands with massive old oaks, open marshes, and ephemeral ponds. Rich with native plants and animals, they are being restored to their original beauty. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Kickapoo Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Kickapoo Woods has over 70 acres under restoration. Workdays are dedicated to improving a remnant prairie and the floodplain and banks of the Little Calumet River, threatened by stormwater and sediment. 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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Blue Star Memorial Woods - Centennial Volunteers Stewardship Workdays

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we work to remove invasives such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, helping the rich understory of this ecosystem to thrive. Along with restoring the beautiful oak woodland and sedge meadow ecosystem, we are repairing gullies that carry excess stormwater to the Chicago River as well as contribute to sedimentation in the river.

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Beaubien Woods - Centennial Volunteers Stewardship Workdays

Located on the Little Calumet River, just East of Altgeld Gardens, Beaubien Woods has been the subject of restoration work from volunteers and student groups working with The Field Museum for over a decade. Every first Saturday (except July and August), volunteers are out removing invasive species and planting natives, each year increasing the biodiversity of this historic site.

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Forest Glen Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Forest Glen is a part of the Lower North Branch Preserves, and brand new to volunteer stewardship. 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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Have a Student in the Family?

Are you between the ages of 12 and 22?
Do you have family or friends in middle school, high school, or college?
Would you like to celebrate and learn more about the Chicago River and local environments?

Individual Students or Whole Classes
YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 2018 CHICAGO RIVER STUDENT CONGRESS!
FREE FOOD & A FREE T-SHIRT!

The Chicago River Student Congress brings students together to share knowledge and celebrate each other's efforts to improve the Chicago River.

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, Illinois  60631

Presenters: Congress Invitation & Registration
Non-Presenters: Just show up! Event Instructions & Map

www.chicagoriver.org/education/student-congress

 

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Forest Glen Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Forest Glen is a part of the Lower North Branch Preserves, and brand new to volunteer stewardship. 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 issues.

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Milkweed

Kickapoo Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Kickapoo Woods has over 70 acres under restoration. Workdays are dedicated to improving a remnant prairie and the floodplain and banks of the Little Calumet River, threatened by stormwater and sediment. 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 - Centennial Volunteers Stewardship Workdays

Located on the Little Calumet River, just East of Altgeld Gardens, Beaubien Woods has been the subject of restoration work from volunteers and student groups working with The Field Museum for over a decade. Every first Saturday (except July and August), volunteers are out removing invasive species and planting natives, each year increasing the biodiversity of this historic site.

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Forest Glen Woods - Centennial Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

Forest Glen is a part of the Lower North Branch Preserves, and brand new to volunteer stewardship. 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 issues.

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