Sterne’s Woods & Fen Volunteer Work Day - 3.26.23

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Sterne's Woods, 5617 Hillside Rd, Crystal Lake

Please join us on Sunday, March 26, from 9-11AM.  We will continue cutting and stacking brush on the north side of the oak knoll.  We might burn a brush pile too.


What to wear when burning:

  1. Don't wear anything nice!  There will be sparks and smoke.  You'll leave with either spots or holes in your clothes and smelling like a campfire.
  2. Don't wear synthetic fabrics.  The sparks will melt holes in common synthetics like polyester and possibly burn you.  
  3. Do wear natural fibers like cotton and wool which won't melt and will resist the sparks. (Pro-tip: you can find used flame-resistant clothes made of Nomex fabric either online or at army surplus).


We meet once a month at Sterne's outdoor pavilion, 5617 Hillside Dr. from 9-11AM.  Volunteers have a chance to learn about restoration ecology and what makes Sterne’s Fen special.  Please bring a water bottle and a pair of work gloves.  The park district will supply loppers and bow saws.  Invasives like honeysuckle and buckthorn are crowding out the native fen species.  The brush also prevents the use of controlled burns on the fen. Email Brice Alt, volunteer site steward, to receive a monthly workday reminder:  Our next two Sunday work dates are:  April 23 and May 21.


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