Native plant enthusiasts who are interested in monitoring rare and endangered species in Will County forest preserves are being encouraged to sign up for a training workshop offered by Plants of Concern (POC).
Three free workshops have been scheduled by POC, a citizen scientist rare plant monitoring program, to teach new volunteers plant monitoring skills, and to refresh the skills of existing volunteers.
Workshops will be offered from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on these dates and at these locations: Saturday, March 4:
Matthew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Chicago. Saturday, March 25:
Kankakee Sands Office, The Nature Conservancy, Morocco, Ind. Sunday, April 2:
Plant Science Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe.
Registration is required and is available online after February 1 at www.plantsofconcern.org.
For more information, contact POC manager Rachel Goad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.835.6927.
POC conducted three plant forays in Will County forest preserves in 2016 to monitor state-endangered shore St. Johnís wort (Hypericum adpressum), state-threatened tubercled orchid (Platanthera flava herbiola), and federally endangered leafy prairie clover (Petalostemum foliosum).
The plant monitoring program was created in 2000 by the Chicago Botanic Garden to assess the health of rare plants in the region, and POC works closely with area partners including the Forest Preserve District of Will County. POC volunteers have monitored 28 plant species at 15 Will County forest preserve sites. More than 800 volunteers have completed the POC training since 2001.Photo by Cindy Cain