Archive | July, 2014

July 26: Community Stewardship Workday

24 Jul


Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes this Saturday to see how plants and insects on the beach thrive in summer weather! We’ll ID native wildflowers and grasses, pick up trash, get rid of invasive plants; whatever needs doing.

Join us this Saturday July 26 from 10am-12pm.

Please remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: there is no shade in the hilly, uneven dunes area so wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Tools, training, 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 August 23 – Community Stewardship Workday at RBD
Saturday September 27 – Community Stewardship Workday at RBD
Saturday October 25 – Community Stewardship Workday at RBD



Followup: June 28 workday

5 Jul


The flowering plants at the Dunes are exploding this time of year. It’s very orange and yellow now. If you only visit Rainbow Beach Dunes once this year, I’d suggest going in the next couple weeks!

We had a great group at the Dunes last Saturday, on June 28: park neighbors, old friends, master gardeners, Chicago Cares volunteers.


We took a nature hike, and then went to work pulling weeds (cheatgrass) from between the cactus and little bluestem.


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The tree on the edge of the parking lot is gone!


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