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Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

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Aurora Prairie Natural Area Work Day

Aurora Prairie, Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District is establishing a dedicated volunteer group for monthly workdays at the Aurora Prairie. The Aurora Prairie, a 4.5-acre natural area nestled at the end of Bishop Avenue, is a remnant of a flat, dolomite prairie, rare for the area. The Fox Valley Park District has referred to it as “a secret, special asset” of the park distinct. The Aurora Prairie features uncommon and some rare native prairie plants unique to dolomite prairies. Jeff Palmquist, planning, research and grants director for the FVPD, said the prairie remnant was brought to the attention of officials during the 1980s by a neighborhood group. The group included Dick Young, a legendary naturalist who at the time was the Kane County environmental officer, and Mary Ochsenschlager. The organization, known as Fox Valley Preservation Group, raised $10,000 so the park district could buy the land in 1989. Working with FVPD Natural Areas Technicians, the group will perform various maintenance activities in support of the Aurora Prairie. This months activities will involve removing invasive woody species. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers should wear boots or study shoes, and dress appropriately for weather conditions and for the work involved. Directions: Drive to the intersection of S. Lake Street and Jericho Rd, and Arnold Ave. on the south side of Aurora. From that intersection go east on Arnold Ave. Drive to the end of Arnold Ave (S. Bishop Ave.), and make a right turn. Drive to the end of Bishop Ave, (the entrance to the Aurora Prairie.)

Aurora Prairie Natural Area Work Day

Aurora Prairie, Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District is establishing a dedicated volunteer group for monthly workdays at the Aurora Prairie. The Aurora Prairie, a 4.5-acre natural area nestled at the end of Bishop Avenue, is a remnant of a flat, dolomite prairie, rare for the area. The Fox Valley Park District has referred to it as “a secret, special asset” of the park distinct. The Aurora Prairie features uncommon and some rare native prairie plants unique to dolomite prairies. Jeff Palmquist, planning, research and grants director for the FVPD, said the prairie remnant was brought to the attention of officials during the 1980s by a neighborhood group. The group included Dick Young, a legendary naturalist who at the time was the Kane County environmental officer, and Mary Ochsenschlager. The organization, known as Fox Valley Preservation Group, raised $10,000 so the park district could buy the land in 1989. Working with FVPD Natural Areas Technicians, the group will perform various maintenance activities in support of the Aurora Prairie. This months activities will involve removing invasive woody species. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers should wear boots or study shoes, and dress appropriately for weather conditions and for the work involved. Directions: Drive to the intersection of S. Lake Street and Jericho Rd, and Arnold Ave. on the south side of Aurora. From that intersection go east on Arnold Ave. Drive to the end of Arnold Ave (S. Bishop Ave.), and make a right turn. Drive to the end of Bishop Ave, (the entrance to the Aurora Prairie.)

Aurora Prairie Natural Area Work Day

Aurora Prairie, Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District is establishing a dedicated volunteer group for monthly workdays at the Aurora Prairie. The Aurora Prairie, a 4.5-acre natural area nestled at the end of Bishop Avenue, is a remnant of a flat, dolomite prairie, rare for the area. The Fox Valley Park District has referred to it as “a secret, special asset” of the park distinct. The Aurora Prairie features uncommon and some rare native prairie plants unique to dolomite prairies. Jeff Palmquist, planning, research and grants director for the FVPD, said the prairie remnant was brought to the attention of officials during the 1980s by a neighborhood group. The group included Dick Young, a legendary naturalist who at the time was the Kane County environmental officer, and Mary Ochsenschlager. The organization, known as Fox Valley Preservation Group, raised $10,000 so the park district could buy the land in 1989. Working with FVPD Natural Areas Technicians, the group will perform various maintenance activities in support of the Aurora Prairie. This months activities will involve removing invasive woody species. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers should wear boots or study shoes, and dress appropriately for weather conditions and for the work involved. Directions: Drive to the intersection of S. Lake Street and Jericho Rd, and Arnold Ave. on the south side of Aurora. From that intersection go east on Arnold Ave. Drive to the end of Arnold Ave (S. Bishop Ave.), and make a right turn. Drive to the end of Bishop Ave, (the entrance to the Aurora Prairie.)

Aurora Prairie Natural Area Work Day

Aurora Prairie, Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District is establishing a dedicated volunteer group for monthly workdays at the Aurora Prairie. The Aurora Prairie, a 4.5-acre natural area nestled at the end of Bishop Avenue, is a remnant of a flat, dolomite prairie, rare for the area. The Fox Valley Park District has referred to it as “a secret, special asset” of the park distinct. The Aurora Prairie features uncommon and some rare native prairie plants unique to dolomite prairies. Jeff Palmquist, planning, research and grants director for the FVPD, said the prairie remnant was brought to the attention of officials during the 1980s by a neighborhood group. The group included Dick Young, a legendary naturalist who at the time was the Kane County environmental officer, and Mary Ochsenschlager. The organization, known as Fox Valley Preservation Group, raised $10,000 so the park district could buy the land in 1989. Working with FVPD Natural Areas Technicians, the group will perform various maintenance activities in support of the Aurora Prairie. This months activities will involve removing invasive woody species. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers should wear boots or study shoes, and dress appropriately for weather conditions and for the work involved. Directions: Drive to the intersection of S. Lake Street and Jericho Rd, and Arnold Ave. on the south side of Aurora. From that intersection go east on Arnold Ave. Drive to the end of Arnold Ave (S. Bishop Ave.), and make a right turn. Drive to the end of Bishop Ave, (the entrance to the Aurora Prairie.)

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Aurora Prairie Natural Area Work Day

Aurora Prairie, Fox Valley Park District

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