Workday Schedule

Friends of the Chicago Portage volunteer workdays are usually conducted on the last Saturday of every month (except in December) from 9AM to Noon in Portage Woods Forest Preserve (4800 S. Harlem). Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear workclothes, workgloves and heavy boots or workshoes. We'll supply tools, gloves, training and refreshments. We meet in the parking lot in front of the statue in Portage Woods Forest Preserve.

Our workday activities change with the seasons. Spring is the time to remove garlic mustard and plant native species. Summer finds us keeping the trails clear of encroaching vegetation and removing European buckthorn. Fall is the time to plant natives, cut buckthorn and build brushpiles. In the winter we stay warm by burning the buckthorn brushpiles in giant bonfires, and we toast marshmallows and our no-good cook Pierre warm's his delicious Portage pea soup in the bonfire coals.

(4800 S. Harlem Ave. Lyons, IL).Call Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 for
more information and to check on weather cancellations.

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2014 Workdays

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday, February 22,

Saturday, March 29,

Saturday, April 26,

Saturday, May 31,

Saturday, June 28,

Saturday, July 26,

Saturday, August 30,

Saturday, September 27,

Saturday, October 25,

Saturday, November 29, Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Saturday, December 20, Bonfire Party! (Note - not the last Saturday

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Friends' volunteers work like beavers weeding the woods

School and other groups are invited to visit the site to help with restoration activities or for tours and interpretive programs. Weekday group ecological restoration workdays will be conducted by Forest Preserve District staff on the last Friday of every month from 10AM to Noon. Contact the Forest Preserve District staff at the Little Red Schoolhouse 708-839-6897 to arrange weekday workdays or visits.