Rescheduled – Night Under the Stars Astronomy Event

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

Experience the stars, moon, planets over the prairie of Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve  while enjoying wine, fruit, and cheese included with admission.  Experts from the Twin City Amateur Astronomers will be on hand to educate us about the night sky, astronomy, and star maps using high-quality telescopes.  We expect to see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn,

Indigenous Culture in the Mackinaw River Valley with Dr. Michael Wiant

ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs South Gate JVXH+C9, Carlock, IL

A Mackinaw Cache blade and a collection of artifacts from the Mackinaw River ParkLands welcomes renowned archeologist, anthropologist, and historian Dr. Michael Wiant to Chinquapin Bluffs on Saturday, October 9th.  Dr. Wiant will pull from his extensive research on local Indigenous societies to present on the pre-settlement history of the Mackinaw River valley, focusing on

Volunteer Workday – Merwin Preserve

ParkLands Merwin Preserve NORTH gate M496+HG, Lexington, IL

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, IL

  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 NSecor,

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