River Event

ParkLands Hayes Woods Preserve MR5H+4H, Secor

In follow up to last year's popular mussel event, we will again explore the river for a hands-on learning opportunity about the Mackinaw River's amazing aquatic diversity at ParkLands' Hayes Woods Preserve.  Yes, we'll find mussels, but we'll also find darters, microinvertebrates, macroinvertebrates, and more.   This is an event for all ages! ParkLands volunteers will

Volunteer Workday – North Chinquapin Bluffs

ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs northeast gate MV6C+VM, Congerville, Illinois

Help fight back against invasive woody brush such as bush honeysuckle and autumn olive!  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground, using loppers/handsaws, and handheld herbicide sprayers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Chinquapin Bluffs About bush honeysuckle control About autumn olive

Volunteer Workday – Sweeney Woods

ParkLands Sweeney Woods Preserve Google Maps: M3G5+W8, Lexington

Help fight back against woody brush invading the biodiversity of Chinquapin Bluffs!  We will focus on shrub-sized black locust trees in the prairie.  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground, using loppers/handsaws, and handheld herbicide sprayers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Chinquapin

Annual Meeting of the Members

ParkLands Sweeney Woods Preserve Google Maps: M3G5+W8, Lexington

                  Save the date!  Join us for our 55th annual Meeting of the Members at Sweeney Woods Preserve.  Registration coming soon...

Volunteer Workday – Letcher Basin

ParkLands Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve JRWR+VG, Secor

Help protect the biodiversity of one of central Illinois' best prairie restorations! We will removing invasive teasel before it goes to seed.  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground and using pruners/loppers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Letcher Basin Land & Water

Guest Speaker

ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs South Gate JVXH+C9, Carlock

Save the date.  Registration and details coming soon!

Volunteer Workday – Merwin Preserve

ParkLands Merwin Preserve NORTH gate M496+HG, Lexington

Help fight back against invasive woody brush such as bush honeysuckle and autumn olive from our community's most beloved preserve.  Involves some physical activity navigating unlevel ground, using loppers/handsaws, and handheld herbicide sprayers.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   For more information: About Merwin Preserve About bush

Volunteer Workday – Cayuga Ridge Seed Collection

Meet at BP gas station in Lexington 1740 P J Keller Hwy, Lexington

  Collect seeds from a tallgrass prairie remnant!  We will meet at the BP gas station in Lexington before caravanning to Cayuga Ridge, which is just north of Pontiac.  Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!  

Volunteer Workday – Kenyon Baller Woods

ParkLands Kenyon-Baller Woods Preserve 1917 County Rd 500 N, Secor

  Barbed wire fencing removal. Please bring water, work gloves, sturdy shoes and long pants. Sign up to volunteer!   About Kenyon-Baller Woods Preserve