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February 22, 2015 - February 28, 2015
February 26, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Did you know you can ski/hike every night until 9 p.m. on solar lit trails at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (1/2 mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove Highlands in Cary (a 1 mile looped trail through the wooded savanna). Sites open late during daylight savings time change. After March 8, 2015 sites close at sunset. For more information call 815.338.6223 or visit MCCDistrict.org.
February 26, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Become a Citizen Scientist and participate in this workshop to learn the techniques and protocol for monitoring frogs and toads by their calls. After completing the training, interested volunteers may monitor McHenry County Conservation District sites or private wetlands. The Conservation District in conjunction with the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project is sponsoring this program to gather information on the abundance and distribution of frogs and toads throughout the region. The recorded data is utilized by land managers. For more information contact Sara Denham, (815) 728-8307 or visit http://www.habitatproject.org/frogsurvey/index.html Pre-registration required to ensure enough materials for participants. Fee: FREE Min 10/Max 50 All Ages 12+ Thursday, February 26, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
February 27, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
February 27, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Did you know you can ski/hike every night until 9 p.m. on solar lit trails at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (1/2 mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove Highlands in Cary (a 1 mile looped trail through the wooded savanna). Sites open late during daylight savings time change. After March 8, 2015 sites close at sunset. For more information call 815.338.6223 or visit MCCDistrict.org.
February 28, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
February 28, 2015
7:30am - 9:00am
February 28, 2015 Saturday 7:30 – 9 a.m. Meet at Visitor Center Alan Anderson, research committee chairman, Chicago Audubon Society $19 nonmember; members receive 20% discount http://www.chicagobotanic.org/education/nature_and_birding/winter_bird_walk
February 28, 2015
February 28, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
9:00am-12:00pm, every fourth Saturday of the month Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403 The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will host monthly stewardship days at Miller Woods on the fourth Saturday of each month. As a bonus, on April 25, July 25, and October 24 Save the Dunes will lead a hike to the restoration site and provide a short presentation on the work being done to restore the globally-rare black oak savanna in Miller Woods, Tolleston Dunes, and the Indiana Dunes State Park. Following the presentation there will be a stewardship component. For more information: http://savedunes.org/2014/12/19/stewardship-days-at-miller-woods/?utm_source=eNews+from+Save+the+Dunes+-+January+2015&utm_campaign=January+2015+eNews&utm_medium=email
February 28, 2015
February 28, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm
Volunteers Needed: Join Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council member WRD Environmental, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and the Natural Resources Committee of Geneva as they partner to help restore Fabyn Woods, a rare, 200-acre oak hickory woodland, one of the most endangered habitats in the world. Volunteers are in the 3rd season of restoration, restoring the woodland to health by removing invasive plants like buckthorn and honeysuckle. Work days are currently scheduled from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on January 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, and 25. Tools, safety glasses, snacks, and beverages are provided. Fun guaranteed. You don’t need to register ahead of time, although if there is a large group interested please email Jay Womack at jwomack@wrdenviornmental.com ahead of time, to assure there is plenty of equipment available. Fabyan is located south of Geneva on the Fox River, with an entrance on Route 25. Volunteers meet in the parking lot on east side off Rte. 25 (across from the windmill). This restoration partnership is part of the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Service Program, protecting nature and enriching life for all who live in our region.
February 28, 2015
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Centennial Volunteers Restoration Volunteer Days Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our woodlands and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards of these five sites through on-going education and training. Centennial Volunteers is supported by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Friends of the Chicago River, and Audubon Chicago Region. Somme Woods East, Northbrook, IL Join a group of volunteers who are interested in improving our local environment and having a good time doing it. We will be choosing a site to begin work at based on past monitoring and observations done by Habitat 2030. There are quite a few distinct areas that need our help to remove choking invasive brush and open up the canopy. No skills necessary, but please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Join in, learn some ecology, and lend a hand. We meet at the far end of the Somme Woods East parking lot on Dundee Road. RSVP at www.fpdcc.com/cv. Dates and times are below. Saturday February 28th, 12-3pm Sunday March 8th, 10am-1pm Saturday March 14th, 12-3pm Sunday March 22nd, 10-1pm Saturday March 28th, 12-3pm
   
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Recent News

Read about our alliance' most recent accomplishments in our annual report.

Join Chicago Wilderness members WRD Environmental and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County to restore Fabyan Woods, a rare oak woodland, as part of the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Service Program.

Celebrating the best of Chicago Wilderness: congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the Excellence in Ecological Restoration accreditation and the Conservation and Native Landscaping awards!

Chicago Wilderness serves as a model for collaborative conservation in Australia.

What is Chicago Wilderness?

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A regional alliance that connects people and nature. Our more than 300 nonprofit and Corporate Council member organizations work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend.

Chicago Wilderness Magazine Archives

Published from 1997 to 2009, Chicago Wilderness magazine celebrated the rich natural heritage of this region through profiles, in-depth articles and ideas for fun weekend adventures.