Tree Planting Event Update!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th WORK DAY IS CANCELED! 

Due to site conditions and significant threat of thunderstorms, the Saturday, October 14th work day has been canceled. There are 2 additional work days scheduled from 9am - 1pm on October 21st and October 28th. The location will be a short distance west of the intersection of Casey and Almond Roads, on Casey Road. The farm entrance on the south side of Casey Road will be clearly marked with signage and volunteer flaggers on the road.

 

There will be plenty of parking, with snacks, water, tools, and a porta-potty. Volunteers are not expected to be tree-planting experts since there will demonstrations of techniques prior to actual work. Do come dressed for the weather and the activity; sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Bring your favorite shovel if you have one.

There is a parent permission slip for volunteers under the age of 18(attached).  Please RSVP to Damon Cederberg @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The work day will involve planting 125 native trees from nine different species as well as mulching, fencing and watering. The trees are the result of a grant the Township received from the Morton Arboretum.

Join our Restoration Volunteers!

If you enjoy outdoor work and want to meet some nice people while helping the community, you will enjoy our projects. We meet once a month for a variety of conservation projects designed to support our beautiful natural heritage. Projects range from seed collecting to invasive weed control. No experience is necessary – we’ll show you what to do, and we’ll explain why it’s important. We’ll also provide gloves, goggles and hand tools (if needed), drinking water and snacks. This is a partnership of Libertyville Township and Conserve Lake County.


Dress to work outside

Wear layers of clothes that can get dirty. We strongly recommend blue jeans, sturdy boots, and three layers on top. We’ve learned that fleece jackets are just a magnet for sticky seeds and are best left in the car. We’ve also learned that if we’re cold we’re miserable, so we always recommend an extra layer of warmth – better to have it and not need it than the other way around.

Schedule

We meet 9:00 a.m. to noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month and we alternate between two sites.

2016 DATES

  • Saturday, October 14 - Oak Openings
  • Saturday, November 11 - Liberty Prairie
  • Saturday, December 9 - Oak Openings

Directions

Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve
18267 Casey Road, Grayslake, IL
Located on the south side of Casey Road, one mile west of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21).
Turn into the driveway and park/meet where the driveway crosses the trail. This is a private driveway. Parking is only permitted on volunteer work days.

Oak Openings Nature Preserve
Route 45, Grayslake, IL
On the east side of Route 45, one-half mile north of Casey Road.
Meet in the parking lot.

Weather Cancellations

We’re tough and hardy but we know our limits. Workdays will not be held under the following conditions:

  • Lightning or extremely high winds
  • Deep, heavy snow
  • Temperatures or wind chills of 10 degrees or lower
  • Temperatures of 95 degrees or higher

Youth Guidelines

Children 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult. High school students who enjoy working in the outdoors are welcome with parental permission.

Grow Your Skills

Volunteers have several opportunities for training and licensing for activities such as herbicide application and controlled burns. Please note that classes and tests must be successfully completed and volunteers then work under direction of paid staff. Safety is our highest priority.

Contact Us

Conserve Lake County
32492 North Almond Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
847.548.5989
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or

Libertyville Township
359 Merrill Court
Libertyville, IL 60048
847.816.6800
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Contact Information

Office of the Open Space District

337 Merrill Court
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-362-9760
Fax: 847-816-4679

Open Space Field Coordinator
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