Archive | May, 2012

Saturday May 26: Invasive species management

22 May

This month we will focus on decreasing the size of the cheatgrass and sweetclover populations on the dunes. They are pernicious, but with the help of volunteers, these species can pulled by hand, avoiding the need for herbicides. Join us this Saturday from 10am-noon. Also, be sure to check out the website to see photos from recent workdays and events at the nature area!

Rainbow Beach is located at 3111 E. 77th St. By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St. By car, enter from 79th St., go past the water filtration plant, and park in the first parking lot. Please meet at the entrance to the nature area, which is located at the southern end of the beach. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Alison Anastasio at for questions and to RSVP.

*Mark your calendar*
Saturday June 23 – Stewardship workday
Saturday July 14 – Calumet Outdoor Series
Saturday July 28 – Stewardship workday


Follow-up: CIMBY event May 12

21 May

Calumet Is My Backyard (CIMBY) is a terrific program through the Field Museum in partnership with BOLD Chicago Institute and Chicago Public Schools’ Service Learning Initiative. We are proud to be part of CIMBY, and hosted South Shore International College Prep on Saturday May 12. Special thanks to Laura Milkert (FMNH) and Cyrous Hashemian (SSICP) for coordinating this event and to all students for braving the rainy weather!

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