WOODSTOCK – Spring has sprung, and The Land Conservancy of McHenry County needs volunteers to help local natural areas.
Volunteers can get their hands dirty learning how to raise native shrubs from seed and cuttings, or get a workout cutting, stacking and burning invasive brush at local natural areas.
• 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and March 31 for Shrub Club Work Days in Harvard: This is a chance to get in on the “ground” floor of a new project that will restore valuable native shrubs to local natural areas. Volunteers will learn about the methods of propagating a diversity of plants from seed and cuttings. It will be at Glacier Oaks Nursery, west of Harvard at 8216 White Oaks Road. From Harvard, take Route 173 west through Chemung to White Oaks Road. Go north for 2.2 miles, and turn right (east) in the driveway with the white farmhouse. Volunteers are asked to pull into the second driveway (the north one) because there’s better parking from that side.
• 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Wednesday at York Plant and Animal Sanctuary in Greenwood. This parcel has rare planted specimens such as sycamores, witch hazel and many others. Unfortunately, the invasive brush is growing up and destroying the quality of the woods. This fall, volunteers brushed out the 2.5-acre private conservation area to the south, and now it’s time to make this half shine. 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 as this site has no driveway.
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Harvard Gateway Park. Volunteers will work at the future Gateway Park on the south end of Harvard to continue clearing brush from around some of the oldest oaks in the county. To get their from the intersection of Route 23 and Route 14 in Harvard, go south on Route 23 and take the first right onto Heritage Lane and park along the side of the road.
No experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear work clothes and a pair of work gloves. TLC will provide water and something sweet. At some events, there will be something hot for lunch when the work is through.
For information, email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-337-9502.