Open Space Volunteers Needed For Upcoming Work Days!

On Saturday, June 9th from 9am to noon, Libertyville Township and Lake County Audubon Society will be hosting a volunteer work day to plant 2,500 plugs and need your help!

This work will take place at the Donnelley Prairies and Oaks Preserve. The site is located on Casey Road. Entrance to the site is the farm entrance/gate west of Almond and Casey Roads, on the South side of Casey Road. The gated entrance will be marked with signage and volunteer flaggers on the road.

The Township is grateful for the support provided by the Lake County Audubon Society in securing grants from DAS Charitable Fund, The Liberty Prairie Foundation, Great Lakes Audubon and Lake County Audubon. The planting would not be possible without their financial support.

The second work day will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. at Oak Openings. We will be planting 50 native trees purchased with a grant received from U.S. Forest Service and Morton Arboretum.

This work day will take place at Oak Openings Nature Preserve, Route 45, Grayslake, IL, on the east side of Route 45, one-half mile north of Casey Road. We will meet in the parking lot.

No experience is necessary for either event – we’ll show you what to do, and we’ll explain why it’s important. We’ll provide tools, gloves, drinking water and snacks.

Come dressed for the weather. A long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. If you have one handy, bring your favorite shovel or hand trowel.

If you’re able to join us, please RVSP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Children 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult. For volunteers under the age of 17, a signed parental release will be required.  For additional information or questions, please call 847.362.9760.

 

JOIN US 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 Openlands.

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.

2018 DATES

Saturday, January 13 - Herbicide training class at Libertyville Township Office

Saturday, February 10  - Oak Openings

Saturday, March 10 - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, April 14 - Oak Openings

Saturday, May 12 - Donnelley Prairies and Oaks

Saturday, June 9 - Donnelley Prairies and Oaks

Saturday, July 14 - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, August 11 - Oak Openings

Saturday, September 8 - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, October 13 - Oak Openings

Saturday, November 10  - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, December 8 - 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.

Donnelley Prairies and Oaks Preserve

The site is located on Casey Road. Entrance to the site is the farm entrance/gate west of Almond and Casey Roads, on the South side of Casey Road.

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

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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