Chicago Park District

Fall Adventure Day and Northerly Island Plant Rescue Part II

10/30/2012
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Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Drive, is a nature lover’s dream and the place to be this Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with two events to choose from:  Fall Adventure Day and Northerly Island Plant Rescue Part II. Both are free admission.

Fall Adventure Day
Kids and families can enjoy fall themed arts and crafts at the event.  Also, enjoy the local harvest, trade in your favorite ghost stories, fish in Lake Michigan, watch the fall bird migration, enjoy a guided nature hike and celebrate the changing of the season at this fun, educational outdoor event.  In addition, participants 8 years and older will have the chance to kayak in Burnham Harbor.  This will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
For more information about the event or any Nature Oasis program, call the Nature Oasis hotline at 312.742.5039.
 
Northerly Island Plant Rescue Part II
We decided to host another event! Last weekend the Northerly Island Plant Rescue helped save hundreds of plants with more left behind looking for homes. Follow us on Facebook to check out the photos from last week’s event. 
 
Starting in November, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will begin a $5 million Habitat Development project on the southern 40-acres of Northerly Island. The plan calls for major improvements in native habitat, along with a modified landscape and grading plan.  These improvements will create a higher quality and more diverse natural area for flora, fauna, and campers.  Learn more about the Northerly Island Habitat Development Project.
 
Plenty of shovels and garbage bags will be available.  Plant species include (in order of greatest presence):
  • Andropogon scoparius–Little Bluestem
  • Bouteloua curtipendula- Side Oats Grama
  • Monarda fistulosa- Wild Bergamot
  • Aster novae-angliae- New England Aste
  • Ratibida pinnata- Gray Headed Coneflower
  • Solidago rigida- Stiff Goldenrod
  • Verbena stricta- Hoary Vervain
Directions by car to Northerly Island:
Take Lake Shore Drive (N or S) to the 18th Street/Museum Campus exit.  Follow Museum Campus Drive toward Adler Planetarium.  Turn right on Linn White Drive.  Go past the Charter One Pavilion (on left) and the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club (on right).  The visitor center and free parking are on the left.
 
Northerly Island is also accessible by public transportation:  Take the #146 bus, exit at Lynn White Drive and walk south to the Visitor Center.
 

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