WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County welcomes volunteers to help take care of local natural areas at three events, including one today.
No experience is necessary. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear work shoes and gloves, and bring water. Refreshments and tools will be provided.
• York Plant and Animal Sanctuary Workday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Giant Oaks Road in Wonder Lake. This property has rare specimens, such as sycamores and witch hazel, that were planted by the late McHenry County College horticulture professor Dick York. To get there from the intersection of Howe Road and Giant Oaks Road north of Greenwood, go north on Giant Oaks for 0.3 miles. Park on the east side of the road; this site has no driveway.
• Ryder’s Woods Work Party: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 750 E. Kimball Ave, Woodstock. This Woodstock City Park used to be a dense buckthorn jungle, but ongoing work has transformed it into an open oak woodland. To get there from the intersection of Routes 14 and 47, head north on 47, left on Lake Avenue, and left on Kimball Avenue. The park will be on your right.
• Yonder Prairie Workday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 1150 S. Rose Farm Road, Woodstock. TLC’s Yonder Prairie Nature Preserve is a rare gem hidden on the west side of Woodstock. Oak woods, natural prairie and wetland habitats have benefited from four years of restoration work, but there is still more to do. Volunteers will clear nonnative brush and oriental bittersweet vines that are crowding out the many beautiful native plants. To get there from the intersection of Kishwaukee Valley and Rose Farm roads just west of Woodstock, head south on Rose Farm for 0.3 miles. Look for a hidden drive on the east side of the road just before an open field. Park on the side of the road.
TLC is a local nonprofit that works with individuals and communities to preserve and restore natural, agricultural and scenic land throughout McHenry County. For information, call 815-337-9502 or visit www.conservemc.org.