Monday, September 16, 2013

September Volunteer News

Park HappeningsAugust 2013
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More ways to get involved with FOTP!
Saturday, September 14th
Dunning Read Conservation Area Work Day
Friday, September 20th
Friday, September 20
Saturday, September 28th
National Public Lands Day
Sunday, November 10th
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Dunning Read Conservation Area Monthly Stewardship
Work Day, 4200 N. Oak Park Ave. (Oak Park and Irving Park). Join Friends of the Parks, Wright College, American Indian Center and the Dunning community to help restore this 23-acre conservation area. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and jeans and long-sleeve shirts. Dress appropriately for the weather. Rain or shine event. Meet at the red shed behind the Chicago Read Mental Hospital. For more information, contact Mary Eileen Sullivan. Free.
2nd Saturdays, September 14th to November 9th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Adopt-A-Beach Event Saturday, September 21st, 9 a.m. to noon
Join thousands of volunteers around the Great Lakes and the world for our annual September Adopt-a-Beach Eventâ„¢, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Help remove trash and collect data on a beach near you.
Have fun giving back to the places you care about. The Great Lakes shoreline and beaches are right in our back yards. The information gathered is used to make positive changes for our Great Lakes.
Register online at to take part in the cleanup. Sign up for a designated location of your choice and come for a few hours of fun and community involvement.
Volunteer Awards Nominations Needed
The 2013 Volunteer Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, November 10th from 2:00PM - 4:00PM at Ridge Park (9625 S. Longwood, Chicago, IL 60643)

Each year, Friends of the Parks awards individuals and groups who have most improved their local park or forest preserve. Please help us celebrate these special people who make our parks and preserves great by submitting a nomination form today!
Award categories:
Community Group, Individual Volunteer, Park Advisory Council, Stewardship, Outstanding Park District Employee, Outstanding Forest Preserve District Employee, Smoky Sakurada "Friends of Friends" Award,
National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 28th
Join Friends of the Parks and Chicago Wilderness in celebrating National Public Lands Day by beautifying a park or preserve in your community. This year, we will be hosting volunteers at the Dunning Read Conservation Area, Gomper's Park and Whistler Woods.
To learn more visit our website at
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Volunteers Needed for Chicago Plays!
FOTP has partnered with the Chicago Park District to replace 50 playgrounds across the city of Chicago this fall. We need volunteers to help install the new FIBAR surfacing in 18 playgrounds.
If you would like to get involved with these projects, email Maria Stone or call 312/857-2757x17.
Upcoming Fibar Work days:
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 9:00am- 2:00pm
Location: Marquette/Tarkington, 2900 W 71ST ST

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 9:00am- 2:00pm
Location: Donovan: 3620 S. Lituanica
Calumet Naturalist Series - Saturday, September 7th
The Calumet Naturalist Series is offering a plant identification course led by Scott Namestnik, of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. Scott's hikes always result in new adventures and a great deal of new knowledge. If you've never been on a hike with him, this is a great opportunity to start!
This hike will cover Beach Communities at the newly renovated Marquette Park. We will learn plant succession and several common beach plants. Amaze your friends and family with your new knowledge!
Date: September 7
Time: 9:00
Location: Marquette Park, Gary, Indiana: Meet at the Aquatorium Parking Lot (
Plant List:
Agalinis tenuifolia, Ammophila breviligulata, Artemisia caudata, Cenchrus longispinus, Chamaesyce polygonifolia, Conyza canadensis, Cornus baileyi,Cornus obliqua, Cycloloma atriplicifolia, Elymus canadensis, Equisetum hyemale, Eupatorium altissimum, Eupatorium maculatum, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Eupatorium serotinum, Euthamia graminifolia var. nuttallii,
Gentianopsis crinita, Helianthus petiolaris, Hypericum kalmianum, Juncus torreyi, Juniperus virginiana, Leymus arenarius, Lobelia siphilitica, Lycopus uniflora, Lythrum salicaria, Monarda punctata, Oenothera biennis, Phragmites australis, Populus deltoides, Sabatia angularis, Salix interior, Salix myricoides, Schizachyrium scoparium, Solidago altissima, Solidago gigantea, Solidago nemoralis, Solidago ptarmicoides, Toxicodendron radicans, Triplasis purpurea
Vitis riparia.
Want more information? Email Eric Neagu at
Like Trees? Learn to care for them and protect our urban forest!
Fall 2013 TreeKeepers Courses
Saturdays, September 14th - November 2nd
There will be two simultaneous TreeKeepers courses this fall. Please note: online registration is different for each location.
Openlands TreeKeepers Course in Evanston
9:30am - 12:30pm
Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
Openlands TreeKeepers Course at the Morton Arboretum
9am - 12pm
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

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