Winnetka: Skokie Lagoons

Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Club of Chicago
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:45am to 12:00pm
Forestway 1/4 mile north of Tower Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
For mapping purposes, the approximate address of the site is 750 Forestway Drive, WinnetkaParking is available in the lot on the south side of Tower Road 1/4 mile west of Forestway and on wider portions of shoulder near the worksite.

The Skokie Lagoons preserve unit of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is a network of forest, artificial lagoons (dug by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1942), channels, and islands.  Volunteers are guided by on-site FPDCC officials. Currently, most of the work involves removing two particular invasive plants: European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), and picking up litter. We use bow saws and loppers (both provided) to cut buckthorn, which is a small tree, and we usually pull garlic mustard by hand. Conditions permitting, we usually burn the buckthorn and use the embers for a hotdog, brat, and hamburger cookout on what undoubtedly will be a lovely spring day under clear Yale-blue skies.  Work is canceled only by lightning or heavy downpours. This is our 6th year of YDOS partnership.

  • Wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. 
  • Bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Work gloves and tools provided.
  • In addition to YDoS waiver, our partner has a waiver.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied and sign a waiver.
Site Coordinator: 
Scott R. Williamson ‘80
(773) 414-3385 mobile
(312) 596-0560 M-F during day