Archive | August, 2019

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 ( or Jen Raber (

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.


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