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Help Restore an Oak Savanna and Pioneer Cemetery

Third Saturday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm

Come to our regularly scheduled restoration day of each month--Or call us and we'll plan a restoration day to fit your schedule!

Join with other nature-loving volunteers at the Alden Sedge Meadow, a McHenry County Conservation District site, to restore a globally-endangered ecosystem. We will be removing invasive plants, sowing native seeds, and stacking brush. No previous experience required! We will provide training, work gloves and tools. Please dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes or boots. After working, we will take an interpretive walk in this amazing natural area, normally closed to the public except for occasions like this.

Meet at 15820 IL Route 173, between Hebron and Harvard, Illinois.

Call Jack or Judy Speer at 815-648-1372 to let us know you are coming!


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Jarrett Prairie Center, Byron Forest Preserve, 7993 N River Rd., Byron, IL

Among other featured speakers and topics, Jack and Judy Speer will present:

Gardening for Life

Including more native plants in our yards can benefit the larger ecosystem and look beautiful, too. Learn about the latest methods for supporting birds, pollinators, and other beneficial insects, managing water flows, recharging groundwater, carbon sequestration and more. Plenty of practical advice and how-to’s.

Judy Speer will present:

Singing for Renewing Ourselves and Our World

Singing together is a powerful force for building a sustainable culture, and improves our emotional health. You don’t have to be a “singer” to join in. This workshop will introduce songs with words from wise poets. They will take us on a journey of expressing gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, attuning with nature’s wisdom, and focusing with renewed energy for the path ahead.


Sunday, August 11, 2019, 12:30-4 pm

Crystal Lake Main Beach

300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake, IL

A Monarch extravaganza with butterfly and pollinator plants information, face painting, science table activities, art activities, a big migration route map, information on how Mexico, Canada, and USA are collaborating! Pollinator plants will be available to purchase from our participating nurseries.  Small Waters Education will have a children's activity booth and answer questions about growing native plants for Monarchs and more.

Serving the Chicago Wilderness Area of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Reconnecting People and Nature

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