Volunteer locally as a way to learn about native plants. We list these for your convenience and they are NOT SPONSORED by Wild Ones, except when noted.
Calvary Church, Naperville. Pat Armstrong will oversee a prairie burn. It is at the northwest corner of Route 59 and Montgomery Road (south of 75th Street). The March 24 date was cancelled b/c of forecast snow. It has been rescheduled to Monday March 26, 12:30pm. Meet at the south side of the church off the Montgomery Road entrance. Two prairies will be burned so it will last about 2 hours. *** New date March 26***
If you would like to help, wear old heavy cotton clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a metal garden rake. It should take an hour or so. (Ashes tend to melt through polyester clothes.)
College of DuPage: Restore the Kirt Prairie and other natural areas on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.
2018 workdays are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 to 13; and Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Additional outdoor work events are 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 24, and April 14. Volunteers will cut brush, collect and process seeds, transplant and weed invasive plants. Meet at the Health & Science Center
From more information, contact Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has volunteering opportunities at several sites throughout the county: Get Involved-Volunteer Here is one in the middle of the county:
Churchill Woods Forest Preserve
Work days held in the fall and winter.
Churchill Woods Glacial Ridge
Saturdays, 9 AM—Noon, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/9, 7/21
Meet at Walnut Glen Park, corner of Walnut St. and Longfellow St.
If you plan to volunteer at one of the Forest Preserve District sites, please register & sign a waiver in advance. Information is available at Volunteer Services, (630) 933-7233 or DuPage FPD Volunteering .
Village of Glen Ellyn
Saturdays 9AM—Noon, 3/31, 5/26, 7/28, 9/29
Lambert Lake Nature Preserve
Meet at Wilson Avenue parking area
Glen Ellyn Park District
Saturdays, 9—11 AM, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/8