Archive | April, 2011

Function and importance of prescribed burns

18 Apr

As you might recall, in late fall 2010, the Chicago Park District implemented a prescribed burn in the Nature Area at Rainbow Beach Dunes. Jason Steger (Stewardship Coordinator for CPD) graciously passed along the photos below and pointed me to an exceptional video about prescribed burns produced by CPD and FEATURING Rainbow Beach Dunes!


Saturday April 16: Beach cleanup + Health and Fitness Fair!

5 Apr

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, Rainbow Beach Park is participating in the Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean Up on April 16. Please join us to clean up the beach at Rocky Ledge (79th and the Lake: note this is NOT the nature area, but is south of the Filtration Plant ) from 9-10:30 am, and then stay for the Health and Fitness Fair in the park from 11 am- 2 pm! I will also be leading tours of the nature area during the Health Fair.

Find all the details below and please publicize widely. Hope to see you there!


The Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks invite you a day of community and wellness on Saturday, April 16.

Come to the beach at Rocky Ledge (79th and the lake; south of the Filtration Plant) from 9-10:30 am for an Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean Up. Then, move to the park/field house, where registration for the Health and Fitness Fair begins at 11:00 am. The fair runs from 11:30-2:30. All events during the day are free and open to the public. In addition to workshops, samples, and health screenings, there will be a fun run and raffle!

Rainbow Beach Park is working hard to become an environmental and health resource for the community, and to encourage an attitude of stewardship, preservation, and wellness in all park users. Bring your family and join your friends and neighbors for this enriching, educational, and fun day in your neighborhood park!

**Free demonstrations and workshops about:
Bike Safety
Boxing Skills
Cooking Classes
Family Fitness
Latin Dance
Nature Walk on Dunes
Swimming Safety
Water Safety

**Free samples provided by:
Clif Bar
Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels
Pirate’s Booty

**Free screenings (Blood Pressure, Dental, Eye, HIV and more) will be available courtesy of:
Diabetes Association
ACS – Tobacco Free Chicago
Kidney Foundation
Illinois Eye Institute
Healthing Earth Herbs
Dental Van/ Mobile Health Van
Stroger Hospital
Christian Community Health Center

Followup: Saturday March 26 Workday

5 Apr

Thanks to the brave few who came out for the cool and brisk workday on 3/26! Cleaning up trash in the Nature Area is a job that is never done, but it is a rewarding one: with only a handful of volunteers, we easily filled 8 bags in under two hours. Think how many we will fill when we have an entire volunteer brigade! And you will get your chance soon: in lieu of our regularly scheduled workday (last Saturday of the month), April’s event will be the Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean Up AND the Rainbow Beach Park Health and Fitness Fair all happening on Saturday, April 16. Look for an email soon with more details.

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