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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Lower West Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Sandy Slope
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna
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Meeting: NIAS Board MeetingMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Jim's Hill
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Screech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Upper Planting
 

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Lower West Planting

Thursday, July 2, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Jeremy Dixon, 815-821-3921

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Sandy Slope

Thursday, July 9, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: John & Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna

Monday, July 13, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Bernard Lischwe, 815-275-9200

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Jim's Hill

Monday, July 20, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Lynn Feaver, 815-235-9530

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

EventsScreech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Thursday, July 23, 2020
8 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Firefly Campfire. Walk 8:00 p.m., campfire begins at 8:30.
Depending upon the temperature and insect emergence timing, we could see an impressive display of fireflies on this evening after the new moon.

Call Mary at 815-938-3204 to RSVP or should the weather look questionable. We will provide s’mores if we can do so in a safe manner. Please bring your own water, if desired, plus a lawn chair and flashlight. Prior to each campfire we’ll take a short socially-distanced stroll to observe blooming plants, birds and insects.

Campfire will be at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. There will be no carpooling. The preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner
of West Grove and Freeport Rds. Parking is off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses

Saturday, July 25, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Upper Planting

Friday, July 31, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.