As winter sets in and forest preserve flora wanes, it's the perfect time to clear away woody invasive species.
To accomplish this task, the Forest Preserve District of Will County invites forest fans to give back to nature by volunteering their time to clear undesirable plants from the preserves.
Workdays are held from 8 a.m. until noon unless otherwise noted and open to individuals of all ages. A supervisor will be present to ensure the safety of participants.
Here is the line-up of volunteer workdays for the first quarter of 2017:
Sunday, January 8: Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena Saturday, January 15: Alessio Prairie, Crest Hill Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Workday at Theodore Marsh, Crest Hill Saturday, February 11: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet Sunday, February 12: Lockport Prairie East Preserve, Lockport Saturday, February 25: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet Sunday, February 26: Hammel Woods, Shorewood Saturday, March 11: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Crete Township Sunday March 12: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont Saturday, April 15: Isle a la Cache Preserve, Romeoville. Sunday, April 29: Whalon Lake, Naperville Saturday, April 30: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Homer Glen
An RSVP is required for groups of five or more. Call volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at 815.722.7364 or email email@example.com.
Please dress for outdoor work (long pants, closed-toe shoes and work gloves) and for the weather.