Last weekend the Northerly Island Plant Rescue attracted close to 200 attendees where they took home native plantings home for free, with hundreds of plants rescued! With still more plants available, we decided to host part II of the plant rescue!
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.
The “Northerly Island Plant Rescue” was conceived as a way for Chicagoans to dig-up and take home some of the existing plant material that won’t be included in the final U.S. Army Corps design.
The Chicago Park District, Field Museum and Openlands with the help of Greencorps Chicago Region will be on hand to help dig up some of the plants for interested individuals to take home. Plenty of shovels and garbage bags will be available. Help rescue a native Northerly Island plant and plant it in your yard!
Metered parking is 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 Aster
Ratibida pinnata- Gray Headed Coneflower
Solidago rigida- Stiff Goldenrod
Verbena stricta- Hoary Vervain
Learn more about the Northerly Island Habitat Development Project.
While you are there, stop by Fall Adventure Day taking place at the visitor center from 10 a.m. - 2p.m. 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.