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Forest Preserve District looking for workday volunteers

8/26/2016, midnight
Help improve the forest preserves by gathering valuable seeds or removing invasive species during a Forest Preserve District of Will ...
A volunteer collects seeds during a past Forest Preserve District of Will County workday. Plants targeted for seed collection this year include: purple coneflower, lead plant, compass plant, native grasses, and purple and white prairie clovers. Barb Ferry

Help improve the forest preserves by gathering valuable seeds or removing invasive species during a Forest Preserve District of Will County volunteer workday.

Seed Collection Workdays

RSVP to natural resource land manger Juanita Armstrong-Ullberg at 815 722-5918 or jarmstrong@fpdwc.org. Seed collection workdays will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on:

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Riverview Farmstead and Kropp Prairie. Meet at Kropp Prairie on Book Road, north of 119th Street, Naperville.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Sugar Creek Preserve, Sugar Creek Administration Center parking lot, Joliet.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Riverview Farmstead and Vermont Cemetery, Naperville. Meet at Kropp Prairie on Book Road, north of 119th Street, Naperville.

Volunteer Workdays

RSVP to volunteer coordinator Renee Gauchat at 815-722-7364 or rgauchat@fpdwc.org. Unless otherwise noted, volunteer workdays will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Workdays are scheduled for:

Saturday, Sept. 3: Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Shorewood.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Sharefest Community Workday, Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, Lockport.

Saturday, Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day. Brush control 8 a.m. to noon, seed collection 10 a.m. to noon, Isle a la Cache, Romeoville.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, Old Park Forest Gardens, Park Forest.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Lewis University, Romeoville.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Theodore Marsh, Crest Hill.

Sunday, Oct. 9: Alessio Prairie, Crest Hill.

Saturday, Oct. 22: Joliet Junior College, Joliet.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Whalon Lake, Naperville.

Sunday, Nov. 13: Seed collection from 10 a.m. to noon, Sugar Creek Administration Center, Joliet.

Saturday, Nov. 26: Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve – Brightway Lane, New Lenox.

Sunday, Nov. 27: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Beecher.

Sunday, Dec. 11: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Homer Glen.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve. Meet at Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville.

Workdays are open to individuals of all ages. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunglasses. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent and work gloves. For information on volunteer opportunities or Forest Preserve District programs, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.