Barrington Greenway Initiative Explore & Restore Series 2018

Dive deep into the wilds of NW Cook/SW Lake counties with the Explore and Restore series.

Northwest Cook and Southwest Lake counties contain over 16,000 acres of forest preserves, one of the highest concentrations of publicly owned lands in the region. These forest preserves, among the oldest and largest in the country, contain a variety of globally rare habitats including tallgrass prairies, oak savannas and woodlands, and wetlands that form the “Barrington Greenway” a connected system of preserves that animals can travel through to feed and breed successfully. These varied habitats need humans to keep them healthy and diverse through ecological restoration – “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.”

As a part of the Explore and Restore series, we are calling on neighbors in the region to get involved by hiking, collecting and distributing native seeds, cutting and burning invasive species, and planting prairie plugs across the region.

Here’s how it works. Each month, a different spotlight event will showcase a new site or restoration activity. These events are designed to illustrate the biodiversity of the region and the central role that volunteers like you play in the effort.

All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Work side-by-side with experienced volunteer stewards and staff from Citizens for Conservation, Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves.

All events start at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 10 – Grassy Lake Brushcutting

Lake Barrington Village Hall

23860 N Old Barrington Rd, Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, April 28 – Spring Creek Sedge Planting – Galloping Hill

Penny Road Pond parking lot

Penny Road between Healy Rd. and Old Sutton Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, May 19 – Cuba Marsh Hike

24205 W. Cuba Rd, Deer Park, IL 60010

Saturday, June 9 – Cuba Marsh Sedge Planting

24205 W. Cuba Rd, Deer Park, IL 60010

Saturday, July 14 – Grassy Lake Hike

Lake Barrington Village Hall

23860 N Old Barrington Rd, Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, August 25 – Spring Creek Hike

Penny Road Pond parking lot

Penny Road between Healy Rd. and Old Sutton Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, September 22 – CFC Seed Collecting Workday

459 IL-22, Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, October 13 – CFC Seed Collecting Workday

459 IL-22, Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, November 17 – Spring Creek Seed Distribution @ Galloping Hill

Penny Road Pond parking lot

Penny Road between Healy Rd. and Old Sutton Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, December 15 – Spring Creek Brushcutting (Spring Lake NP)

348 Donlea Road, Barrington, IL 60010

(Healy Road Savanna if weather does not permit: 16 Healy Rd., Barrington IL 60010)