Natural Areas Community Stewardship Days

Dates and times are subject to change.  Please contact the site’s listed natural area steward for weather related cancellations.  For additional information about the CommunityStewardship Program or to discuss large group volunteer opportunities, please email stewardship@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

 

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park (100 W Fullerton Pkwy)

Select Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  •  April 13
  •  April 27
  •  May 11
  •  May 25
  •  June 15
  •  June 29
  •  July 13
  •  July 27
  •  August 10
  •  August 24
  •  September 14 (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
  •  September 28 (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for “Hops and Habitat” at the Fullerton gate of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (125 W. Fullerton Ave).  Workday activities include planting, pulling invasive species, restoring trails, cleaning fences and mulching trees.  Workdays are followed by an optional social gathering at a local restaurant. For additional info or to RSVP, please contact Aaron Hammond at ahammond@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

Big Marsh (Park No. 564) (111th and Stony Island Ave.)

Select Saturdays from 10 a.m.  12 p.m. 

  • December 3
  • January 28 (2017)

Join us as we combat invasives and create hiking trails at Chicago's newest natural area.  Tools and gloves will be provided, but please dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle.  The natural area is not yet open to the public, so all volunteers will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival.  For details, and to register, please email stewardship@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Lincoln Park (3550 N Lake Shore Dr.)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • January 9, 23
  • February 6, 20
  • March 12, 26
  • April 9, 23
  • May 14, 28
  • June 11, 25
  • July 9, 23
  • August 13, 27
  • September 10, 24
  • October 8, 22, 29
  • November 12, 19
  • December 10

Join the Lake View Citizens Council in stewardship activities in and around the Sanctuary. We work rain, shine or snow, so be prepared. Work gloves and tools will be provided. Binoculars and instruction in how to use them will be available during break times. We meet at the east side of the Sanctuary (Addison Ave. and Lake Shore Drive, east of the totem pole) at the small garage near the viewing platform. Parking is north of the Sanctuary in the Waveland Golf Course lot.  Contact site steward Charlotte Newfeld at (773) 327-5053 for more information. Please visit http://www.jarvissanctuary.org/ for more information on the Sanctuary.

 

Bobolink Meadow in Jackson Park (6401 S Stony Island Ave.)

 2nd Saturday of each month, beginning in March, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

Bobolink Volunteer Website for map and further information http://bluestem.info/bobolink.  Contact Norm Bell and Gail Parry at parrybell@ameritech.net or (773) 288-1260 for additional workday information.

 

Burnham Nature Sanctuary (Entrance at 47th St. and Cornell Dr.)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • March 5
  • April 2
  • April 23 (Earth Day)
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 9
  • August 6
  • September 10
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

Volunteer tasks vary each month but might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection or trash pick-up.  Burnham Nature Sanctuary is located at 47th Street and Lake Shore Drive, at the southeast end of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, enter driveway at 47th Street and Cornell. The Metra and several CTA bus stops are available less than two blocks from the nature sanctuary.  Parking passes are available for volunteers who drive. For more information, contact Kathleen Taylor at (773) 924-2738 or George Davis at (773) 268-4856. 

 

Columbus Park (W. Jackson Blvd and S. Golf Dr.)

Second Saturday of each month from April-November from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • June 12
  • August 13
  • October 8
  • November 12

Team up with fellow community members to restore the natural area in Columbus Park! Meet behind the Refectory across from the golf course entrance at W. Jackson Blvd. and S. Golf Dr.  Workday activities can vary by season but may include brush removal, litter pickup, invasive species removal, and native plantings. For more information and to RSVP for a workday, email Laura at lbrentner@luc.edu.
 

 

Gompers Park (4222 W Foster Ave)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • March 12
  • April 23 – Annual Earth Day Parks clean up (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • May 14 – Chicago River Day (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 27
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

Please join Gompers Park volunteers for a variety of activities including park clean up, mulching trees, invasive plant removal, plantings and more. Tools, gloves and refreshments provided. Meet at the Keeler parking lot (just south of Foster near the tennis courts).  Parking is available.  For more information contact Julie Newfield at jlnewfeld@gmail.com or (773) 710-7595. 

 

Humboldt Park (Field house – 1440 N. Sacramento Ave)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24

Team up with fellow community members to improve the natural areas in Humboldt Park! Meet outside the field house at 1440 N. Sacramento.  Workday activities can vary by season but may include brush removal, litter pickup, and planting natives. For more information and to RSVP for a workday, email Jaclyn at jaclyn.humboldtpark@gmail.com.
 

Loyola Beach Dunes (Pratt Avenue & Lake Michigan)

4th Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 22
Meet at the entrance to the dune habitat at the west end of the pier, just North and East of Pratt Ave. For more information, contact Ann Whelan at (773) 743-2662 or phida50@aol.com.

 

McKinley Park Lagoon (2210 W. Pershing Road)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • May 21
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 20
  • September 10
  • October 29
  • November 12

Please join the McKinley Park Advisory Council in beautifying and restoring our lagoon! Volunteer projects vary each month but might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection or trash pick-up. Families are welcome! Tools and work gloves will be provided. Meet on the steps of the field house at 2210 W. Pershing Road. Parking is available in the lot accessible from Pershing. For more information, contact Katie Flores katie.e.flores@gmail.com or Heather Breems heatherbreems@gmail.com.

 

Montrose Beach Dunes in Lincoln Park (4400 N Simonds Ave.)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15

Stewardship days occur April through October. Please contact Forrest Cortes at forrest.cortes@chicagoparkdistrict.com for additional information.  The dunes are located at the far East end of Montrose Beach. If driving, take Lake Shore Drive and exit at Montrose Avenue. Travel east along the harbor as the road winds to the right. Park along the harbor and walk north (away from the harbor) where you will soon see a flagpole next to the beach house and beach (bicycle riders, there is a lockup at the beach house). The dune habitat is to the right, next to the concrete fishing pier. It's the only vegetated portion of Montrose Beach. 

 

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary (Wilson & Montrose & North Simonds Drive)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • March 12  
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 10 – Sunday workday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • August 6
  • September 10
  • October 8

Contact Alycia Kleunenbergat akluenenberg@gmail.com for additional information. Meet at the "Magic Hedge" located on Montrose Ave., east of Lake Shore Dr. Drive east towards the lake and as the road turns north, take the first right by the bait shop. Continue to the nature area on the left, just before the harbor parking lot.  Parking is available on the street.

 

Nichols Wildflower Meadow (Near E. 54th St. & S. Kenwood Ave)

Select Sundays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • June 5
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 13

Contact Dan Brown for additional information or weather related cancellations at djpbrown@yahoo.com. Meet at the South entrance to the meadow, just west of the intersection of E. 54th St. and S. Kenwood Ave.  Dress in weather appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided.

 

North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N. Pulaski Rd.)

Every Wednesday and Sunday, year-round from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Restore the woodland, wetland, and prairie communities in the nature preserve. Activities include planting native species and invasive species control. Registration is required.  Please contact the Nature Center at (312) 744-5472 for additional information or to register.  The Nature Center is located at 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., between Foster Ave. and Peterson Ave.  Refreshments are provided.

 

North Pond in Lincoln Park (2430 N. Cannon Dr.)

Select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • April 23
  • May 21
  • June 4
  • June 18
  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 6
  • August 27
  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for the North Pond Gardeners Workdays in planting, pulling invasive species, restoring trails, cleaning fences and mulching trees. North Pond is located behind the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Meet on the plaza in the front of North Pond Restaurant (2610 N. Cannon Drive). Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. For additional info or to RSVP, please contact Aaron Hammond at ahammond@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

 

Palmisano Park (Halsted. and 29th St.)

Select Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
Join Bridgeport area friends and neighbors in activities such as invasive species control, weeding, litter removal, seed collection, and planting.  Gloves and tools are provided. Appropriate dress is strongly encouraged as we will be entering the prairie areas to work: wear long pants, closed toed shoes, hats, etc.  We meet at the southeast entrance at 29th and Halsted.  Contact Carla Lents or Sam Ozik at stearnsquarry@gmail.com for more information.
 

Portage Park Nature Garden (4100 N Long Ave)

Select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

  • May 21
  • June 18

Join community stewards for cleanup and restoration days.  The nature garden is located in the Southeast corner of Portage Park.  Contact Becky Collings for details at beckyschillo@gmail.com.

 

Rainbow Beach Dunes (77th St. and the Lake - enter by car at 79th)

Fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29

Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com or (773) 718-0698 for more information or to register.  Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, southeast end of the beach. http://rainbowbeachdunes.wordpress.com

    

Washington Park (5531 S King Dr, Chicago)

Restoration Workdays 4th Sundays of each month from April-June, and October, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • October 23

Bird Walk Schedule – 8:00 a.m.

Meet at the Fountain of Time located west of S. Cottage Grove Avenue on axis with Midway Plaisance. For more information please contact Madiem Kawa at (773) 203-3418, RSVP prior to workday.

 

Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary) in Jackson Park (6401 S Stony Island Ave)

Self-Guided Tours - 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • February 13
  • March 12
  • April 9

Guided Tours - 4th Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (May also include a restoration component beginning in Spring 2016)

  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 26
  • December 31

Meet at the Darrow Bridge, south of the Museum of Science & Industry. Take Lake Shore Dr. to Science Dr. (5800 South), turn west at the light onto Science Dr. and go left to the Music Court Parking Lot. The Darrow Bridge is on the west side of the parking lot.  For more information contact Jerry Levy at (312) 832-1616 (day), or (773) 955-6384 (evening).

 

12th Street Beach (1200 S Linn White Dr.)

Select Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • April 13, 22
  • July 13
  • August 17
  • September 17
  • October 12

Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup days through the Great Lake Action Days (GLADs) program at 12th Street Beach. Contact site steward Jackie Grom at jgrom@sheddaquarium.org for details or to confirm workdays.

 

63rd Street Beach (6300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)

Select Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • June 24       
  • July 28
  • August 12
  • October 7
Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup days through the Great Lake Action Days (GLADs) program at 63rd Street Beach. Contact site steward Jackie Grom at jgrom@sheddaquarium.org for details or to confirm workdays.