Grab your friends and join a community of stewards that help to restore critical habitat at five special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. This program is a joint partnership between Friends of the Chicago River, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Audubon Chicago Region, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Tools and snacks are provided and no experience is necessary! Click on the links below to register.
Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.
Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially when brushpiles may be burned.
This uncommon woodland community encompasses wet savanna, degraded marsh, and mature floodplain woods, and is dominated by swamp white oaks. Plants such as swamp saxifrage, blue flag iris, and bluejoint grass are indicators the wetness of this site. In the more mesic woodland along the river bluff, one finds plants with such picturesque names as zig-zag goldenrod, wild geranium, wood reed, bottlebrush grass and golden alexanders. 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. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.
Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.