Mark Your Calendar for May 20 Sterne's Volunteer Work Day

Fri May 11, 2018


Spend some time outdoors and help make a great park even better.  Volunteer at Sterne’s Woods & Fen on Sunday, May 20th from 9-11 AM. This will be our third annual garlic mustard pull.  Bring a screwdriver to help loosen the soil around their deep taproots.  Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that escaped pioneer gardens and out-competes native vegetation.  We'll be working in the area around the parking lot.



We meet monthly at the Sterne's outdoor pavilion, 5617 Hillside Dr.  Volunteers will have a chance to learn about restoration ecology and what makes Sterne’s special.  Bring a waterbottle, a screwdriver, and a pair of work gloves.  The park district will supply garbage bags, and I will bring treats.  Email Brice Alt, volunteer site steward, to receive updates:  The next several work dates are:  June 24, July 22, Aug 26.



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.  The surrounding parkland acts as a buffer to the fen and includes prairie, oak savanna, and flatwood ecosystems.  Every one of those ecosystems can benefit from the efforts of volunteers.  Join us once a month and learn about them!



Much thanks to the groups who have volunteered with us at Sterne's: MUDD, the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the BREAK, Jacobs High School Interact, Girl Scout Troop 888, and Boy Scout Troop 368.



By volunteering at a Sterne's workday you're helping with the ecologic restoration of an exceedingly rare type of habitat. 

To learn more about restoration ecology, here's a quick video: