Featured Event! Jackson Park Wooded Island Workday, 5/26, 10AM

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Jackson Park Wooded Island Workday
Saturday, May 26th
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com
Join Park District Steward, Jerry Levy for a fun day of stewardship and education at the Jackson Park Workday.  Volunteers will meet at the Darrow Memorial Bridge, just south of the Museum Of Science and Industry. Activities can include pulling invasives, planting and general site maintenance. Jerry will also talk about the history of Wooded Island and the surrounding community.  Work gloves and tools are provided. Bring your own snacks and water and dress appropriately for outdoor work.

Chicago Park District Rainbow Beach Workday, 3/24, 10AM

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Chicago Park District Rainbow Beach Workday

Saturday, March 24th

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Note New Time)

77th St. and the Lake (Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, southeast end of the beach.)

Contact the steward at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for more information or to register.

In the mid 1990s, beach ridges began to form naturally in the eastern section of Rainbow Beach. Soon, dune species began to colonize the newly formed beach ridges. Recognizing the site’s potential to form a natural dune ecosystem, the Chicago Park District installed protective fencing in 2001 to protect this developing nature area from excessive foot traffic. Attend this workday (the first one of the year!) and help this unique and young habitat thrive.  Please dress for the weather and bring water. Gloves and other materials will be provided.

Restoration Workday at North Park Village Nature Center, 3/18, 9AM

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Restoration Workday at North Park Village Nature Center

Sunday, March 18th

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5801 N. Pulaski

No registration necessary. Call 312-744-5472 for more information.

Enjoy a day in the woods of the North Park Village.  Help remove invasive plants like buckthorn; plant and/or remove trees; and learn about native landscapes.  Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided.  Be sure to check out the Nature Center after the workday for kid-friendly activities and educational information.

Featured Event! Friends of the Parks MLK Jr. Service Day at Whistler Woods, Jan 16th, 9AM

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Monday, January 16th

Whistler Woods, S Halsted St & W 134th St.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

RSVP to Mary Eileen Sullivan at sullivanme@fotp.org.

Join Friends of the Parks and Calumet Is My Backyard (C.I.M.B.Y.) at Whistler Woods to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by providing stewardship work.  Volunteers will be doing various outdoor stewardship activities to restore the woods.  Dress in layers and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

C3 Featured Event this Saturday! Dan Ryan Woods Workday, 9am

Saturday, December 10th

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

87th and Western

meet at the parking lot on the north side of 87th St. two blocks east of S. Western Ave.

Register at 773-398-1178 or benjamin@fotfp.org

Join the Friends of the Forest Preserves for an exciting workday tomorrow!  Get some fresh air as trained leaders show you how to identify invasive plants that don’t belong in Chicago and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them.  All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. Worried that you will be cold?  No problem.  Volunteers will be burning large brush piles and staying active – you will be warm in no time.  Work days have also been known to end with some tasty treats.

All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes). Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brush pile burns and stray embers can “burn” synthetic clothing and melt through to your skin – ouch. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and dress in layers. Please bring your own drinking water.

Don’t be discouraged by the weather – this is an excellent time to see these woods in their winter glory.  We hope you can make it!

Explore the Dunning Read Conservation Area, Saturday, July 9

Photo credit: Chicago Wilderness

Saturday, July 9
Dunning Read Conservation Area Restoration Workday
Southeast corner of Oak Park Ave and Irving Park Ave
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Join Friends of the Parks and neighbors from the Dunning area for an exciting stewardship event in this beautiful nature oasis located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest side. Be prepared to remove invasive plants, build a trail and spruce up the conservation area. A nature hike will be offered at 10:00 AM. Tools and gloves will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather.

RSVP Required. Email Mary Eileen Sullivan at sullivanme@fotp.org

C3 and CSI talk with WBEZ about Hegewisch Marsh

Joann Podkul of CSI




Check out this great coverage of C3 and Calumet Stewardship Initiative volunteers working in vernal pools at Hegewisch Marsh over the weekend. Michael Puente from WBEZ joined us to help uncover the great restoration and open space preservation work happening in the area.





Greencorps Calumet


This work would not be possible without the dedicated investment and leadership from community leaders (who are also C3 leaders) like Joann Podkul and Kevin Murphy of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, Sharon Rolek of the Calumet Ecological Park Association and many more. Thank you to everyone that helped to make the day a great experience for all!






Vernal pool planting




To get involved in stewardship opportunities throughout Chicago in unique and beautiful nature areas right in your backyard, visit the C3 event calendar

Featured Event! Restoration Workday at Hegewisch Marsh-Saturday, June 11

Photo credit: Ryan Wilson

























Saturday, June 11
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Meet at 13250 S. Torrence
RSVP: Jerry Attere, 312-744-9136

Dress in work clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit soggy and muddy.

Did you know that the Calumet Region is one of the most bio-diverse locations in our region and home to an astounding – 2,250+ species of plants and animals including threatened species like the black crown night heron and pie-billed grebes ! That’s more species diversity than Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park Zoo COMBINED!

Please join the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, the Department of Environmental and C3 for a unique restoration workday at Hegewisch Marsh. We will be helping with vernal pool planting, an opportunity only available in early summer. If you have yet to be a part of a workday in Calumet, please do not miss this opportunity to protect and support one of the most lovely and unique region in our fair city.

This is a great opportunity for students, families and nature lovers alike to gain hands-on experience in a beautiful nature area. Please join us!

Featured Event! NHS Chicago NeighborWorks Day tomorrow. Come out to Humboldt Park for an added bonus- Sustainable Backyard Demos!

Photo courtesy of NHS Chicago

Volunteer for a NeighborWorks Day project on Saturday, June 4!
Join in the fun during NHS’ 24th Annual NeighborWorks Day on Saturday, June 4. Volunteers are needed to paint, plant, clean vacant lots, landscape and garden.

During National NeighborWorks® Week, tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors and friends will be volunteering across the country in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Come on out to the NeighborWorks site near you! Breakfast, lunch and a NeighborWorks t-shirt will be provided. RSVP to Lindsey Hammond lhammond@nhschicago.org or (773) 329-4133

Dreaming for Drake- West Humboldt Park
8:15 AM: 500 and 600 blocks of North Drake Ave. – Volunteers needed to paint porches, perform small repairs, plant vegetable, flowers and bushes, spread mulch and grass seed.

12:30 PM: Attend a Free Sustainable Backyard Workshopat the NHS Chicago WHP Neighborhood Center 3601 W. Chicago Ave. This program offered in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers provides instruction and demonstration on the use of Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Planting a Rain Garden and more. Prizes & Rebates for up to 50% on Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Trees and Native Plants will be available.
RSVP for workshop: cstewart@nhschicago.org or 773-329-4127

Living History – North Lawndale- Village West between 3400 & 3500 block W 13th Street near Homan- Beautification and Community Garden Enhancement – North Lawndale is home to more than 20 community gardens. Work will be done in one of the most famous, the African Gardens. Murals and plaques commemorating moments in North Lawndale’s history will be created and installed. Volunteers and residents will paint fencing around Village West Homes and plant flowers and plants around the walkways. There will be a cookout in the African Garden for all the residents and volunteers to celebrate the finished project.

Community Canvas – Back of the Yards/Garfield Boulevards- 2200 to 1700 W. 49th Street- Community Mural – Volunteers from local community organizations and residents will prepare this area for a new community mural. We will prime the surfaces with white primer, clean the debris in front of the wall and replace it with mulch. Murals will be painted during the course of the summer.

Roseland: A Neighborhood in Bloom – Roseland- 0-40 W. 108th street block- Beautification Project -We will work side-by-side with residents to beautify this block. Join us for painting fences and porches, cleaning a vacant lot and planting flowers. Stop by the Open Houses for our newly rehabbed NSP properties on the block.

Block by Block – West Englewood- Resource Fair and Beautification -NHS will host a resource fair and flower planting at a local church within the growing Block Club Network. Join us for planting flowers and small shrubs in the triangles at the corners of each participating block club network and for seniors who need assistance. Help us celebrate two newly formed Block Clubs!

Neighborhoods of Promise: A Showcase of Homes – Chicago Lawn/Gage Park- St. Rita Church 6243 S. Fairfield & St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 6435 S. Kilbourn-These community institutions will hold a “Showcase of Homes” for sale in the neighborhood. There will be opportunities for interested people to visit high quality and affordable homes in a designated area in the parish. Volunteers will help with registration and helping to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Empowering Our Community – Auburn Gresham/Englewood- 449 West 79th Street- Housing Resource Sidewalk Fair -Volunteers are needed to help canvass the neighborhood with information about NeighborWorks Day 2012 and NHS. Everyone is invited to meet the “new” Neighborhood Director! Mini workshops will be offered as well as one-on-one counseling with NHS staff.

Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays in Eggers Woods Throughout the Month of May


Garlic Mustard is one of the most aggressive invasive plants in our region. Support the ecological health and diversity of our open lands and green space by getting involved in Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge!

Join in the Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays at Eggers Woods each Monday until May 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Contact site steward John Pastirik if you plan to attend (773) 991-0613. Eggers Woods is located at East 112th street and Ave. E in the Calumet Region.

This event is a part of the 10 Ward Green Summit, which is a month long effort to highlight the many green initiatives as a result of direct community action to create a healthier and more sustainable region.

Blue City Cycles and Crust Organic Pizzeria Support C3ers on Chicago River Day








We want to give a big shout out to Crust Organic Pizzeria and Blue City Cycles for their support of the C3 River Day Challenge! C3 volunteers and supporters are encouraged to sign for Chicago River Day this Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at riverside locations throughout Chicago.
C3 will be participating at the following sites:
Origins Park
CTA Orange Line
Riverside Mall
18th street
Eugene Park
Fullerton Ave
Lathrop Trail
Berteau Ave
and more!

All participating C3 volunteers will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win some super cool prizes from the local businesses.
North side volunteers could win a gift certificate to Crust in Wicker Park
South side volunteers could win a free bike tune at Blue City Cycles in Bridgeport.
Everybody wins on Chicago River Day. Sign up before it’s too late! If you do sign up, be sure to check in with C3 before so you can get credit for your participation. See you out there!

Raffle winners will be announced Friday, May 20

Featured Event This Weekend at Little Black Pearl

Last week’s blizzard has left everyone drowning in snow. Severe weather can be a stark reminder of the importance of weatherization and winter preparedness. If you have not yet attended a weatherization workshop this year, this may be one of your last opportunities to learn about low-cost weatherization and go home with a free kit to install in your home.

Please join C3 staff and volunteers in partnership with the Little Black Pearl Workshop for this special weatherization workshop.

Advanced RSVP is required