Welcome to Des Plaines River Valley Restoration Project!

The Des Plaines River Valley Restoration Project protects the environment by preserving natural habitat. We remove invasive aliens--non-native plants like buckthorn and garlic mustard--to make room for native plants, including threatened and endangered species.

It’s called ecological restoration and our goal is to increase biodiversity. For more information about us click below.

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We May Be Working In An Area Close To You

We work in Cook County, Illinois, in the western and northwestern suburbs of Chicago. We work with public landowners like the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and municipal governments. We have restoration sites in Brookfield, Des Plaines, Hodgkins, LaGrange Park, Lyons, Oak Park, Riverside, Schiller Park, Westchester, and Western Springs.  For a map of sites in our region click below.

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Work Alongside Us On One of Our Many Workdays

We have a workday every weekend of the year, including this weekend. If you’re age 6 to 96, you can help.  No experience is needed; we provide the tools and the know-how. For a schedule of our workdays, click below.  For directions to a restoration site near you, click here.

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pictures of the natural beauty that is being restored!
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links to other environmental organizations in the Chicago area?

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