Archive | March, 2014

Goodbye 2013; hello 2014

25 Mar

We sent our stewardship activities on winter break after our last workday of 2013, October 26.

Volunteers collected seeds from healthy little bluestem populations in the center of the nature area and dispersed them in the developing area on the east end.

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We started up again just last weekend, with volunteers collecting 4 big bags of trash! We’re ready to start the year with a clean slate.

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March 22: Community Stewardship Workday

17 Mar


Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes this Saturday for the first workday of 2014! The dunes are laying low: grasses matted down from heavy snow, frozen wetlands, and a huge ice shelf on the lake. The only thing green out there is moss, drenched with snowmelt.

We’ll survey the effects of winter and pick up trash that has been tossed on shore and blown into the nature area.   Join us this Saturday March 22 from 10am-12pm.

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it will be cold and windy! Sturdy shoes, long pants and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided. Contact Alison Anastasio at for questions and to RSVP.

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 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. Go to the southeast end of this lot and park. Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, the which is located at the southern end of the beach (look for the banner!).

*Mark your calendar*
Saturday April 19 (not 4/26) – Community Stewardship Workday/Earth Day celebration
Saturday May 17 (not 5/24) – Community Stewardship Workday
Saturday June 28 – Community Stewardship Workday


2014 Community Stewardship Workdays

9 Mar


Join us from 10am-12pm  on (usually) the 4th Saturday of the month from March to October to watch Rainbow Beach Dunes change throughout the year. We typically clean up trash, pull weeds, plant native plants, disperse native seeds, or collect native seeds.

March 22 (if there is still snow on the ground, postponed until 3/29)

April 19 (not 4/26)

May 17 (not 5/24)

June 28

July 26

August 23

September 27

October 25

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