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Kankakee Sands: Volunteer With Us!

We are so grateful for our volunteers! Whether you have helped to pick up garbage, transplant seedlings or spray invasive plants, we truly appreciate the time and energy you have put towards creating prairies and maintaining savannas at Kankakee Sands. This year, more than 350 hours have been volunteered at KS! Amazing! Thank you for volunteering and for your friendship, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming volunteer opportunities:    

Thursday Mornings at Kankakee Sands

We invite volunteers to join our Kankakee Sands work in Indiana and Illinois from 9 am to 11 am on Thursdays through the end November. Activities will change with the seasons and may include seed collection, seed cleaning, invasive species removal, garbage clean-up, etc.

Saturday Workdays

We have family-friendly volunteer workdays scheduled on the second Saturday of each month from 9 am to noon. Join us!

Upcoming Workdays

Saturday, December 12th, 2015; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Brush cutting of trees and shrubs: Happy Holidays! There’s nothing to put everyone in the festive mood like removing invasive trees and shrubs, right? Right? Anyone? For our December workday, we’ll be starting a new project to eradicate sassafras from the Unit C prairie planting. We’ll be using the “hack & squirt” method to kill the larger trees- the bark will be scored using a hatchet, and then herbicide will be applied. We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear, but we ask that you bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. In particular, some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) is strongly recommended, along with cold-weather gear. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call (219) 285-2184 with questions or to RSVP.

Saturday, January 9, 2016; 9am to 1pm, Central Time
Brush cutting of trees and shrubs: For our January Workday, we will be continuing our project removing invasive trees from the Unit H planting. Our main target will be cottonwood trees that are aggressively shading out parts of the prairie. We’ll be using the “hack & squirt” method to kill the larger trees- the bark will be scored using a hatchet, and then herbicide will be applied. We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear, but we ask that you bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. In particular, some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) is strongly recommended, along with cold-weather gear. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call (219) 285-2184 with questions or to R.S.V.P. Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN 47963.

Saturday, February 13, 2016; 9am to 1pm, Central Time
Brush cutting of trees and shrubs: For our last Winter Workday, we’ll be touching-up any areas that we didn’t quite finish earlier in the season. We’ll be working in one (or more) of the areas we worked in from November through January, touching up any loose ends. Our method of attack will be using the hack & squirt technique for larger plants, and hand loppers with herbicide follow-up for the smaller twigs and saplings. Treats will be provided to celebrate an awesome winter season, so be sure not to miss this workday! We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear, but we ask that you bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. In particular, some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) is strongly recommended, along with cold-weather gear. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call (219) 285-2184 with questions or to R.S.V.P. Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN 47963.

Saturday, March 12, 2016; 9 am to noon, Central Time
Transplanting at Kankakee Sands Greenhouse: So long winter and welcome spring, we are glad you have come! As always, green is the theme for our transplanting workdays. Put on those green t-shirts and join us for a morning of working in the warm greenhouse transplanting bright green seedlings. We’ll use our green thumbs to transplant a variety of native flowers and grasses which we started in our greenhouse back in February. The work is easy and the conversation is always entertaining. You are sure to learn about native plants, prairies, Kankakee Sands, and how good you are at transplanting! Even in the cold of winter, it can get quite warm in the greenhouse (90°), so bring clothing options, from a short-sleeved shirt to a jacket; sunglasses and a hat are also recommended. All ages welcome and R.S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call (219) 866-1706. Meet at the Kankakee Sands greenhouse located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco IN 47963.

Saturday, April 9, 2016; 9 am to noon, Central Time
Transplanting at the Kankakee Sands Greenhouse: Get those green t-shirts back out again, we have another batch of seedlings ready and raring to be transplanted! In February, we sowed native plant seeds into germination trays, and now the second wave of seedlings are ready to be transplanted into individual pots. The work is easy and the conversation is always entertaining. You are sure to learn about native plants, prairies, Kankakee Sands, and how good you are at transplanting! Even in the cold of winter, it can get quite warm in the greenhouse (90°), so bring lots of clothing options, from a short-sleeved shirt to a jacket; sunglasses and a hat are also recommended. All ages welcome and R.S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call (219) 866-1706. Meet at the Kankakee Sands greenhouse located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco IN 47963. Feel free to bring your lunch and your binoculars; after the workday, head out to experience the spring bird migration. There are always interesting birds to see and hear this time of year.

Saturday, May 14, 2016; 9 am to noon, Central Time
Planting Native Plants at Kankakee Sands Nursery: Join us for a fun morning of planting our potted greenhouse plants into the great, wide open of our outdoor native plant nursery. There will be plenty of activities for all ages and abilities, from taking small plants out of pots to digging holes, planting, and restacking pots. Many hands are desirable for this busy workday of planting 2,000+ plants. (Wow!) No experience necessary. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a picnic on the prairie or hike a trail at Kankakee Sands after the workday. R. S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call (219) 866-1706 for more information and to R.S.V.P. We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant nursery located at 1492 W 250 N, Morocco, IN, 47963.

Volunteer Positions

We also have several long-term volunteer positions available. These positions are for committed individuals able to work regularly and independently throughout the year. Click on the name of each for a position description:

 

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