Volunteer Work Day
Volunteer Work Day Scheduled for April 23 at Sterne’s Woods & Fen
Spend some time outdoors this spring and help make a great park even better. Volunteer at Sterne’s Woods & Fen on Sunday, April 23rd from 9-11AM. This will be our annual garlic mustard pull and one year anniversary of our group’s restoration efforts at Sterne’s. We’ll be joined by Girl Scout Troop 888 and chef John Fiorina will be cooking something delicious in Dutch ovens for us to enjoy. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that escaped pioneer gardens and out-competes native vegetation.
We meet monthly at the Sterne’s outdoor pavilion, 5617 Hillside Dr. Volunteers will have a chance to learn about restoration ecology and what makes Sterne’s special. Bring a waterbottle, a screwdriver to loosen the soil around garlic mustard roots, and a pair of work gloves. The park district will supply any additional supplies. Email Brice Alt, volunteer site steward, to receive updates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sterne’s Woods & Fen became an Illinois State Nature Preserve in 1994 to preserve and protect its unique ecology. A fen is a rare type of wetland in which cold groundwater that is high in calcium and magnesium seeps to the surface. The unique water chemistry supports plants that grow nowhere else. Sterne’s Fen is home to at least 10 rare or endangered plant species. The surrounding parkland acts as a buffer to the fen and includes prairie, oak savanna, and flatwood ecosystems. Every one of those ecosystems can benefit from the efforts of volunteers. Join us once a month and learn about them!
Much thanks to the groups who have volunteered with us at Sterne’s: MUDD, the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the BREAK, and Jacobs High School Interact.
By volunteering at a Sterne’s workday you’re helping with the ecologic restoration of an exceedingly rare type of habitat.
Sunday, April 23 from 9 am to 11 am
Sterne's Woods & Fen, Hillside Road, Crystal Lake, IL, United States