Scheduled RBD Workdays for 2020

11 Feb

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Remember summertime at the Dunes? Still a few months away but we’ve got some fun workdays planned for you this year. Mark your calendars and bring your friends, neighbors, and family!

update 5/1/20: Due to COVID-19, volunteer stewardship through the Chicago Park District is suspended AND Rainbow Beach Dunes, as a lakefront park, is closed until further notice.  That doesn’t mean you still can’t get outside to see some of the amazing lesser known parks and preserves in and around Chicago! Get outside and stay safe.

update 7/22/20: Lakefront beaches and natural areas remain closed to the public and volunteer stewardship work. When these guidelines from the Mayor change, we will do our best to reschedule some workdays from earlier in the year. Get outside and stay safe!

update 8/14/20: Chicago Park District is now allowing limited access for community stewardship activities at lakefront natural areas! We will have workdays in August and September but the total group size is capped at 10 people so you must RSVP here, and attend only after your RSVP has been confirmed. First come first served until the 10-person capacity is reached. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate drop-in attendance. 

  • Saturday May 2, 7-10am: For the Birds! Migration season bird walk with Chris Williamson/COS
  • Saturday May 2, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship (winter trash cleanup, nature walk)
  • Saturday June 27, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship (sweet clover removal- one of the most satisfying weed-pulling events you’ll ever experience)
  • Saturday July 25, 10am-12pm: Insect walk led by Jen!
  • Saturday August 29, 9-11am: Community stewardship workday
  • Saturday Sept 26, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday

Rejoice: workdays on August 29 and September 26!

14 Aug


Great news! The Chicago Park District is allowing limited access for community stewardship volunteers at lakefront parks. We’ll have the chance for 2 workdays this season — late August and late September — but notably with 1) limited capacity for volunteers and 2) a few important health and safety restrictions.

  • Saturday August 29, 9-11am: Community stewardship workday
  • Saturday Sept 26, 9-11am: Community stewardship workday

Our tasks will be to get reacquainted with a site that has undergone lots of changes this year, collect trash, and remove invasive species — all while safe and physically distanced.

1) The total group size is capped at 10 people so you must RSVP here, and attend only after your RSVP has been confirmed. First come first served until the 10-person capacity is reached. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate drop-in attendance for these workdays.

2) Health and safety restrictions:

  • Please do not attend if you or someone in your household isn’t feeling well, is in quarantine, or if you have visited a state affected by the emergency travel order in the last 14 days.
  • Volunteers must stay at least 6 feet from each other or any other park attendee at all times.
  • Face coverings (with nose and mouth covered) must be worn at all times in the natural area, regardless of physical distancing.
  • Gloves must be worn at all times in the natural area. It is recommended you bring your own gloves, but there will be some available for one time use.
  • Gloves are not a substitute for good handwashing hygiene so you should wash your hands before and after visiting the natural area and minimize touching anything that someone else may have touched.
  • Hand sanitizer will not be provided so it is recommended you bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please bring your own pen to sign in and to sign the annual volunteer waiver, so that no pens need to be shared among volunteers.
I am confident these guidelines will not impede a successful and fun workday and look forward to seeing you soon at Rainbow Beach Dunes!

Want to support the Rainbow Beach Park community and learn about all kinds of events and programs in the Park? Join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, attend a meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30, and certainly visit their Facebook page to learn more.

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.
By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.

  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.

Go to the far right corner of the first parking lot/southern end of the beach to the entrance of the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
Find directions and a map here.

A COVID field season

24 Jul

Due to COVID-19, the summer field season for researchers, land managers, and engaged citizens is an odd one this year. Many decades-long research programs will be missing a 2020 datapoint, especially as a result of travel restrictions. But even at our local Rainbow Beach Dunes, we can’t do our volunteer stewardship and monitoring work owing to its lakefront location — even though this year presents even more unusual conditions owing to its lakefront location.

How is RBD feeling this double whammy?

Because lakefront beaches in the city of Chicago are closed due to COVID-19, RBD isn’t open to the public or volunteer stewardship. The unfortunate irony is that this is precisely the time the site is undergoing massive changes in the landscape due to very high lake levels.

The loss of beach, dune, and vegetation is a result of Lake Michigan’s encroachment and can be seen clearly in this aerial photo of Rainbow Beach taken by the Chicago Park District in May.

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Aerial view Rainbow Beach, May 2020

You might recall that in the far right corner by the breakwater (circled below), the sand used to be all the way out to the bend, back in the olden days (see also historic photos below, from ~2007-2012).RBD aerial photo 2020 - right corner

What used to be totally covered in native sand prairie and dune vegetation is now basically new “beach”:

RBD aerial photo 2020- new beaches

And one of my favorite features of the dunes — the huge, healthy and proliferating mats of arctic bearberry spreading out over 10s of meters — has been ripped up by the lake, and rolled into long tangles of stems, at the very edge of this new beach.

We also lost the panne, which was full of rare wetland plant species, including the incomparable fringed gentian and one of my favorites, grass of parnassus. Now they’re covered with sand, perhaps to emerge again in the future if the seedbank stays viable!

RBD aerial photo 2020 - old panne

And the swale, which was rid of the invasive species Phragmites and full of the lovely native Kalm’s St. Johns’s Wort, is literally underwater! You can see some of the dead shrubby branches poking up out of the water if you look real close:

RBD aerial photo 2020 - old swale

But as we all know, the water levels of Lake Michigan are variable and therefore ecosystems that are shaped by it are dynamic. That’s right, Lake Michigan dunes are DYNAMIC, here at RBD in Illinois but also around the Lake, in Indiana and Michigan! These shifting sands and shorelines are the forces this ecosystem has had to contend with for the last 10,000 years – whether it’s relatively undisturbed by humans, as in the National and State Parks, or it’s literally constructed by humans, as in Rainbow Beach Dunes.

So what can we expect next from our dynamic ecosystem?

Well, we’ve got a new panne starting! With the expertise of the natural areas contractors from Cardno, this was foreseen and Jack Pines, lovers of this groundwater-fed wetland micro-habitat, were planted in 2019! You can see all 3 of them in the aerial photo, right next to this new panne wetland:

And these new, bare sand beaches? They’ll be colonized quickly with marram grass -the dune builder- which will pave the way for a succession of plant species, and in a few more years, we’ll once again have a foredune taller than I am.

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As a reminder of how the lake levels have had an effect on RBD over the last ~20 years, see below (images from Google Earth):

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October 19: bird walk and seed collecting *note different time

13 Oct

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Grasses are big and tall, boldly coloring the dunes with golds, yellows, and oranges, while the asters and goldenrods are starting to fade: truly one of the most brilliant times of year!

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Come out to RBD this Saturday October 19 for a really exciting last community stewardship workday of the year:

First, we’ll take a bird walk with the Chicago Ornithological Society throughout the park from 7-9am. This is quite a wonderful opportunity because we’re in the middle of migration season, and as you may know, the Chicago lakefront is a stopover spot for many tired birds as they fly south. We’re glad our friends at COS are bringing out the experts, like Christine and Geof Williamson to lead the walk!

Then, from 9:00-11:00am we’ll spend time in the natural area, taking a nature walk and collecting seeds from our native plants.

Join us Saturday October 19 from 7-9am to bird, 9-11am to collect seeds, or both for or a whole morning at Rainbow! Note that we will be out there rain or shine so prepare for the weather and terrain (sandy, wet, sometimes unstable): it may be cold, windy and/or rainy.  Sturdy shoes, long pants, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

Want to support the Rainbow Beach Park community and learn about all kinds of events and programs in the Park? Join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, attend a meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30, and certainly visit their Facebook page to learn more.
**Mark your calendars**
See you next time in 2020!

 

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Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.
By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.

Go to the far right corner of the first parking lot/southern end of the beach to the entrance of the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
Find directions and a map here.

Saturday August 17: invasive species management

12 Aug

Even the gulls know that RBD offers one of the best views of downtown!

Rainbow Beach Dunes is bloomin’ with milkweed, blazing stars, asters, goldenrod, and sunflowers, while grasses like switchgrass, Canada wild rye, and big bluestem are getting taller everyday. Pollinators, dragonflies, and swallows fill the skies above the nature area. What new plant do you want to learn about at this late summer workday?

 

Along with this profusion of native plant growth, there are also invasive species to remove, like sweetclover, spotted knapweed, goatsbeard, and with the continually high lake levels, the most pernicious invasive species of all: trash.

 

So please join us on Saturday August 17 from 10am-12pm for this family friendly workday to attack invasive species and see the late summer beauty of our dune ecosystem. We encourage you to bring friends, family, and neighbors.

 

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and uneven, sandy terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are always recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.


Mark your calendars and RSVP now! This makes it easier for us to plan, and to contact you if any changes arise.
Remaining 2019 workdays:

  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 19 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times* : Special Event! Chicago Ornithological Society birdwalk 7-9 am + RBD workday 9-11am

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.
By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.

Go to the far right corner of the first parking lot/southern end of the beach to the entrance of the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
Find directions and a map here.

 

Saturday June 22: invasive species management

15 Jun

Please join us on Saturday June 22 from 10am-12pm to attack invasive species that have started to make themselves known, even in this cool wet start to the summer, like goat’s beard, cheatgrass, pepperweed, and bladder campion! Co-steward Jen Raber will lead this family friendly workday and we encourage you to bring friends, family, and neighbors.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-steward Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com) directly with questions about June’s workday

Remember to prepare for the weather and uneven, sandy terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are always recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided. (See directions below and here.)

In other RBD news, high lake levels continue to make RBD slightly different every time I visit this spring. Here’s a video of some wave action from just the other day!

P1030558.jpgIn addition to the dynamic shoreline, you’ll find other new sights: a newly installed bikerack (!!!), so you can feel comfortable riding your bike to the nature area AND locking it up safely.

 

 

P1030593.jpgAlso, both of the tree swallow nest boxes are filled with … nests! I advise you not to get too close so you don’t disturb the protective parents and their precious offspring-to-be.
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The native prickly pear cactuses aren’t blooming yet, but you can find many of the larger plants just on the cusp with their buds ready to burst over the next weeks.

 
 
 

Finally, We’re grateful to all our volunteers, and especially the Honeycomb Project for bringing enthusiastic families to the wetland planting on a beautiful day in May. Check out some photos from this fun event. Nearly all our stewardship events at RBD are family-friendly so we hope to see you all again!

 

Mark your calendars and RSVP now! This makes it easier for us to plan, and to contact you if any changes arise.
Remaining 2019 workdays:

  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm: Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 21 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times* : Special Event! Chicago Ornithological Society birdwalk 7-9 am +; RBD workday 9-11am

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
    • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
    • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
    • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.

From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.

Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.

 

Wetland planting followup: May 18 workday

27 May

Volunteers got down and dirty to install native plants in the wetlands of the natural area. It was great to collaborate with the Honeycomb Project on this workday, and many thanks to our committed return volunteers. We couldn’t do this without you!

 

 

 

Saturday May 18: Special event wetland planting

2 May
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Have you been to the dunes lately? As I say every spring, dunes are dynamic and wow you will find a dynamic place next time you visit. With lake levels high and a stormy winter and spring, the foredune is mostly flattened and we see more of the low depressions filling with water regularly. In fact, our first workday of the year is a reaction to this — planting native wetland plants at the far southeast corner of the beach to steel the small pond against invasive species!
Join us and our friends from the Honeycomb Project on Saturday May 18 from 10am-12pm to get your hands dirty and install some plants! Truly you should prepare yourself for wet and dirty conditions; the planting will not just be a day at the beach. :) However, there will be ample time for weed pulling, trash cleanup, or a nature walk if this is more your style.
Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are always recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
Check your calendars and RSVP now!
We will have four workdays this year with the hopes that we can concentrate a critical mass of volunteers on these particular dates.
  • May 18 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Special Event! wetland planting – be prepared to get wet and dirty
  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Sweetclover removal
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 19 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times*

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, or from the #6 bus stop, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
    • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
    • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
    • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.
Gallery

Early spring at Rainbow Beach Dunes

30 Apr

 

Scheduled RBD Workdays for 2019

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Mark your calendar- workdays in 2019 are select Saturdays, usually 10:00am-12:00pm:

  • May 18 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Special Event! wetland planting – be prepared to get wet and dirty
  • June 22 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Sweetclover removal
  • August 17 2019, 10am-12pm
    • Community stewardship workday – Invasive species management
  • October 19 2019, 7-9am and 9-11am *note the different times*

RSVP to a scheduled Workday here.

Saturday September 8: Community stewardship workday

31 Aug
lobelia 2018


What amazing treasures have you found at RBD this year? Lately, we’ve seen 3 Lobelia species (L to R above: great blue lobelia, bog lobelia, cardinal flower), a beautiful tiger moth (Apantesis arge), and of course the grasses are flowering and turning shades of red, orange and yellow.

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday September 8, 2018 to help pull weeds, pick up trash, and take a nature walk.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:
LAST workday of 2018 on Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

Saturday August 11: Community stewardship workday

7 Aug
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Tis the season for blazing stars! We have two beautiful Liatris species (L. aspera, pictured above, and L. spicata) at Rainbow, and you might also see lobelia, grass of parnassas, the beginnings of fringed gentian, or some cute sedges in the panne (Carex aurea and C. comosa among others)

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday August 11, 2018 to help pull weeds, pick up trash, and take a nature walk.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).
Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: sun protection, sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

Saturday July 14: Community stewardship workday, aka summertime at the beach!

11 Jul

Midsummer is really one of the best times to see dune ecosystem shining – barn swallows nesting and swooping for insects, prickly pair cactus, 3 milkweed species, prairie clover, and bee balms all blooming to convince bugs to pollinate them with their bright colors and sweet nectar. 

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm this Saturday July 14, 2018 to help pull weeds (sweet clover and cheat grass), pick up trash, and take a nature walk. This is a great workday for the whole family – we always feel very accomplished after playing a game of spot-the-sweet-clover. 

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Parking permits, tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

 …

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

**Mark your calendar!** 

Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

June 9: Community Stewardship Workday

5 Jun
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The dunes are really coming alive this month, with new birds for the summer, monarch butterflies, and all kinds of plants welcoming visitors with their smiling flowers.

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm on Saturday June 9, 2018 to help pull weeds (sweet clover and cheat grass) and take a nature walk. This is a great workday for the whole family – we always feel very accomplished after playing a game of spot-the-sweet-clover.

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.

Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.

**Mark your calendar!**
Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday, July 14
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

CANCELED May 12: Community Stewardship Workday

7 May

Spring is moving along quickly now. Migrating birds are passing through and color is starting to alight on the dunes.

The invasive sweet clover is soaking up the rays, turning green and bushy.

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Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes from 10am-12pm on Saturday May 12, 2018 to help pull weeds and see what else is waking up on the dunes. 

Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com).

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.


Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
  • Find directions and a map here.


**Mark your calendar!**

Workdays in 2018 are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm:

Saturday June 9
Saturday July 14
Saturday August 11
Saturday September 8
Saturday October 13

RSVP to a Community Stewardship Workday here.

….
Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!

Find directions and a map here.

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