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Centennial Volunteer: Somme Woods East

Be a part of river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore nine special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Celebrating our rivers and the 100th anniversary of the Forest Preserve of Cook County, Centennial Volunteers are a part of a community of like-minded individuals who are not afraid to get dirty, get some exercise and have fun outside. 

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Clayton Smith Woods Volunteer Workday

Join the North Branch Restoration Project and Centennial Volunteers as we restore this oak woodland to health! Clayton Smith Flatwoods gets its cathedral-like character from the large old pin oaks that dominate the canopy. 

 

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Beaubien Woods - Centennial Volunteers Stewardship Workdays

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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Charity Pop up Returns to the Bridgehouse Museum

Now in its third year at Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, the GiveAShi*t pop-up event features a fresh batch of tees, totes and accessories. Every dollar raised helps employ, house and feed the ambitious hearts behind StreetWise.


 

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Evanston Habitat River Workday

Join us for a restoration and litter pick up workday. We'll be clearing buckthorn in the Ladd Arboretum along the North Shore Channel northeast of the building toward GreenBay Road as part of the City of Evanston's North Shore Channel Habitat Project (evanstonhabitat.org).

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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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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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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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River Oaks - Centennial Volunteers Stewardship Workdays

This small preserve near Sand Ridge Nature Center contains a grassland, wetland, oak woodland, and floodplain along the Little Calumet. Once degraded by arson and illegal dumping, volunteers are helping revitalize it as part of a wildlife corridor.

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