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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A Local Site Near Me

Arie Crown Woods:  On LaGrange Road, south of 67th Street. Enter on west side of LaGrange Road.

Bemis Woods South: On Ogden Avenue, between Wolf Road and I-294.  Enter at the Forest Preserve sign, bear left, and continue as far as the driveway takes you, to the west end of the parking lot.  Look for the “Volunteers” sign.

Brookfield Woods:  On 26th Street at 7th Avenue. From First Avenue between Cermak and 31st Street, turn west on 26th Street and park at 7th Avenue. We meet here and walk south on the trail to the prairie.

Cermak Woods:  From Harlem, take Joliet Road west (Joliet Road turns into 43rd Street).  From Ogden, take Joliet Avenue south, turn left at 43rd Street.  West of the Des Plaines River is Fisherman’s Terrace. Park at the baseball field.

Chicago Portage: On Harlem Avenue, just south of 47th Street, on the west side of the street--near the historical marker.

Kiwanis Park:  From Prairie Avenue where it crosses the Burlington Northern tracks (Brookfield train station), take Brookfield Avenue east to Village Hall. Park behind Village Hall and the restoration area is at the north end of the park.

Kloempken Prairie: On the campus of Oakton Community College, Lot C.

McCormick Woods: At 31st Street and First Avenue, northeast of the corner of Brookfield Zoo.  Park in the Forest Preserve parking lot on the east side of First Avenue just north of 31st Street.

Possum Hollow Woods:  On La Grange Road and the north side of 31st Street.  This site is a habitat called a "flatwoods", which means it's very wet, seasonally, and has a lot of different sedges. People should drive to the sign for Grove #2 and park there.

Riverside village sites: We work at different sites at different times. Call John Kolar at 708-447-9231 to see where we will be this week!  johnkolar@mac.com

Robinson Woods:  Des Plaines River Road & Lawrence Av.

Salt Creek Woods Nature Preserve:  On 31st Street, east of Wolf Road (Forest Preserve sign says “Bob Mann Woods.”)  Park on Downing north of 31st Street, two blocks east of the light at Mayfair..

Santa Fe Nature Preserve:  On Archer Avenue (Rte. 171) and Willow Springs Rd.

Schiller Woods:  From Irving Park Road west of Cumberland Avenue, enter at the Forest Preseve sign that says “Grove 8” on the north side of the street. Follow the signs to Grove 8.

Sundown Meadow:  On LaGrange Road, south of 67th Street. Enter on west side of LaGrange Road.

Thatcher Woods:  We work at different locations at different times.  Call Jean or Victor Guarino at 708-848-7175 to see where we will be this week!  guarinoDD@juno.com

Theodore Stone Prairie:  From LaGrange Road, east on 67th Street.  Enter at the Forest Preserve sign on the north side of the street and follow the parking lot all the way north.

Wolf Road Prairie. On Wolf Road, between 22nd Street and 31st Street. Go west on Constitution Drive and park at the historic Franzosenbusch house.


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