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Kankakee Sands: Volunteer Workdays

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, February 14th, 2015
9am to Noon, Central Time
Invasive tree and shrub removal

We’ll end our invasive-focused winter workday series with a workday to remove trees from the northern prairie planting at Conrad Station. This corner planting has been invaded by several different species of trees over time, partly as a result of low prescribed fire frequency. The majority of trees and shrubs here are native, but are becoming too dense and need to be thinned. Work will involve manually cutting small trees and shrubs, and then applying an herbicide mix to the cut stumps. We may also use brush-cutters to aid in felling some of the larger trees.

We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and necessary protective gear. Please bring a water bottle. Weather-appropriate clothing and some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) are strongly recommended. We will be hiking roughly a half mile in to get to our worksite. Please contact Tony Capizzo by e-mail or call (219) 285-2184 with questions or to RSVP. Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN 47963.

 

Saturday, March 14
9 am to noon, Central Time
Transplanting at Kankakee Sands Greenhouse

Green is the theme for this March workday. We’ll be working in the warm greenhouse transplanting bright green seedlings. Wear your green shirt and we’ll have green nail polish to paint our thumbs green. 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. Contact Alyssa Nyberg by e-mail or call (219) 866-1706. We will be meeting at the Kankakee Sands greenhouse located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco IN 47963.

 

Saturday, April 11
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. Contact Alyssa Nyberg by e-mail or call (219) 866-1706. We will be meeting 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 will be many interesting birds to see and hear.
 

Volunteer Positions

We also have several long-term volunteer positions available: Trail Steward, Water Level Monitor, Herbarium, and Stewardship Volunteer. These positions are for committed individuals able to work regularly and independently throughout the year.

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