9:45am to 12:00pm
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.