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POSTPONED DUE WEATHER: Fall Habitat Restoration, Bonfire, & Potluck at Somme


Habitat restoration & potluck — lop and saw buckthorn and other invasive shrubs, then enjoy a bonfire, ghost stories, and s'mores.

Please bring food to share at our potluck! Musically inclined members can bring an instrument to play around the fire as well.

Google Maps: - we will meet at the NORTH end of MEADOW RD in Northbrook. Meadow is in between the railroad tracks and Waukegan Rd. 

****** Do NOT park in the Somme Woods Parking Lot!!!!!! You will get towed if you stay after dark!!!****

By Car: Meadow Rd is just west of Waukegan Road (Route 43) and south of Dundee Road. If you are coming from the east: There is an exit for Dundee Road for those taking the Edens. 

By Train: Take a Fox Lake, Deerfield or Grayslake (Milwaukee District North Line) train to Northbrook. Walk northeast on Shermer Road 1/3 block to Meadow Road. Walk north on Meadow Road about one mile to Dundee Road. The preserve begins at Dundee. There are entrances to the footpath system across Dundee from Meadow and (if there's traffic) about a block west by the railroad tracks (where a mid-road island makes it easier to cross Dundee.)

By Bus: Take the PACE bus number 422 to Dundee Road (please check the schedule.) At the northwest corner of Waukegan and Dundee, you'll find the entrance to the preserve trail marked with signs and an information box.

Details: All you need is a pair of tough shoes/boots, a sweatshirt if it’s cold, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, a water bottle, and a hat. Come rain, cold, or shine—we only stop work in downpours and lightning storms. Feel free to pass on this email to other folks who might be interested. If you want to find someone near you who wants to carpool, please e-mail us. On the day of the event, you can call (847)[masked] if you’re lost or have last-minute questions.

What We Do and Why: Guided by longtime, highly knowledgeable site stewards, and in coordination with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, we'll be collecting conservative prairie species. We want to ensure that native flowers, trees, and all the species that depend on them can thrive in their natural habitat. As we’ve mentioned before, we've purposely invited mostly 20-, 30-, and 40-somethings (both single and hitched) because it's time to create our own niche in the vibrant culture of habitat restoration. It's an amazing place and time to learn, have fun, and reconnect.

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