MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY!
Saturday, October 28
9AM to NOON
Environmental Defenders’ Property on Dean Street
On Saturday, October 28
, you are invited to “make a difference
” by helping with restoration efforts at The Environmental Defenders’ Kishwaukee Headwaters property on Dean Street in Woodstock as part of the national “Make A Difference Day
” celebration. Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash around the perimeter of our property as well as the Soil and Water Conservation District property. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m.
and conclude at noon
Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and meet at the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 Dean Street (corner of Dean and Route 14). All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Schietzelt at 815-356-1710. Come help us make apositive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!
On Sunday, October 15 at 2PM, please join us at the annual
Volunteer Appreciation Event.
If you have volunteered with The Environmental Defenders for an hour, a day or ongoing on a regular basis, we would like to celebrate YOU and all that you do. Each one of our volunteers adds up to the whole that makes The Environmental Defenders what it is today: a vital conservation organization that makes real change and progress toward a healthier McHenry County.
This year, we return to Sterne’s Woods & Fen in Crystal Lake for a group tour ride through the woods followed by a fire and treats. John Fiorina, Manager of The CL Nature Center and Natural Resources with the Crystal Lake Park District, will be there to do some special Dutch oven cooking. Our tour leader is Steve Byers, who directs all the restoration work of the fen where a hydrological restoration project was completed last winter. Steve is also Natural Areas Resource Specialist at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and a member of The Environmental Defenders. Steve will highlight the special qualities of this natural area. “Sterne’s Woods & Fen became an Illinois State Nature Preserve in 1994 to preserve and protect its unique ecology. A fen is a rare type of wetland in which cold groundwater that is high in calcium and magnesium seeps to the surface. The unique water chemistry supports plants that grow nowhere else. Sterne’s Fen is home to at least 10 rare or endangered plant species.” This is a special place to celebrate special people.
Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 13
. On Sunday, October 15
, please meet at the outdoor pavilion (5617 Hillside Drive) at 2PM and dress appropriately for weather that day. Hope to see you then!
The Environmental Defenders is pleased to announce a second location for Styrofoam collection with the reopening of the site at Algonquin Public Works at 110 Meyer Drive (oepn 24 hours a day). We thank the Village of Algonquin for partnering with us and also Algonquin Township Highway Department for reopening of that site at 3702 Highway 14 in Crystal Lake (open Mon-Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) We encourage the public to reduce Styrofoam use and to recycle what clean Styrofoam they do have by dropping it off at our two locations or at our monthly recycling drives. Other locations will be opening by end of year. Thank you to U-Haul, Chicago Logistic Service and Dart Company for their partnership in helping to keep Styrofoam out of landfills and out of our environment.