Please join the Chicago Park District and our partners (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, CN Railroad, Exelon, Audubon, Chicago Wilderness, The Field Museum, Friends of the Parks, Openlands, and The Nature Conservancy) for "Roots & Routes to Grow: A Community Tree Planting Day" at Burnham Park.
This event will bring together over 800 volunteers to plant 50,000 young native trees within a 20-acre segment of the larger Burnham Wildlife Corridor currently under development. This new natural area, which will offer a woodland environment for both people and wildlife to enjoy, will also provide much-needed habitat for the millions of migratory birds that pass through this area every year.
After the trees have been planted (9:00 am - 12:00 pm), volunteers are invited to join in on a celebration (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)where lunch, local musical entertainment, and various environmental educational activities will be provided. This will be hosted in Burnham Park, immediately south of E. 47th Street.
Parking reserved for this event is available on a first-come, first-served basis at a parking lot located on the north side of E. Hayes Dr. just west of S. Lake Shore Drive. The parking lot opens at 8:30 a.m. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation between the parking lot and the tree planting event site from 8:45 - 10 a.m. and again from 12:45 - 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: The parking lot at E. 47th St. and Cornell Dr. will NOT be available for volunteer parking.
Volunteers must check-in at the registration tables located in the Burnham Nature Sanctuary parking lot at E. 47th St. and Cornell Dr. Tree-planting begins at 9 a.m. and will take place throughout a 1-mile area immediately north of this parking lot.