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April 22: Celebrate Earth Day at Rainbow Beach Dunes

16 Apr

 

Our next workday is on Saturday April 22 from 9am-12pm (note the earlier start time) in partnership with Friends of the Parks Earth Day 2017! Other Chicagoans throughout the city will be participating by cleaning up their favorite parks at the same time. 

So that we can be sure to have enough supplies and cool t-shirts for you, if you plan to attend on 4/22 YOU MUST REGISTER HERE. We plan to get started on pulling the invasive cheat grass (Bromus tectrorum), take a nature walk, and clean up trash in the nature area.

 

Don’t want to work in the nature area but still want to come to Rainbow for Earth Day?
Then I encourage you to join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council for their Earth Day beach cleanup on the same day! Please register here for that event.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to do good in the community with others from around the city.

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 stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com) with questions.
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, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the end of the parking lot closest to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
Find directions and a map here.
*Mark your calendar*
  • May 27 2017
  • June 24 2017
  • July 22 2017
  • August 26 2017
  • September 23 2017
  • October 28 2017
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April 23: Community Stewardship Workday for Earth Day!

19 Apr

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Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes this Saturday April 23 for Earth Day workday 2016!

Our earliest flowers (Arabidopsis lyrata [sand cress] and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi [arctic bearberry]) are in full bloom out on the dunes. You might also see some mallards, mergansers, or great blue herons, all sighted from the dunes earlier this month!  At the workday, we’ll look for other early blooms and do more cleanup throughout the nature area.  Join us Saturday April 23 from 10am-12pm.

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cold, wet, or windy! Sturdy shoes, long pants and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP here, and contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio (alison.anastasio@gmail.com) or Jen Raber (jennifer.raber@gmail.com) with questions.

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

April 25: Community Stewardship Workday

22 Apr

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Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes this Saturday for an Earth Day workday! We are stewards of the nature area all year round, but Earth Day is a great time to celebrate our hard work and think about stewardship in a broader context. We’ll be picking up trash and other debris in the nature area.

Join us this Saturday April 25 from 10am-12pm.

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it may be cool and windy! Sturdy shoes, long pants and water are recommended. Tools and equipment will be provided. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com 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, into the parking lot before the Field House. Go to the southeast end of this lot and park. Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area, which is located at the southern end of the beach (look for the banner!).

Earth Day Follow-up

29 Apr

An incredible 30 or so volunteers, including many Treekeepers, installed 20 black oak saplings on Saturday, April 21. The trees were generously donated by Openlands, as part of their initiative to increase the number of native trees in Chicago’s urban forest. Rainbow Beach Dunes is lucky to have such dedicated supporters!

Special thanks to Marion Brown for supervising the trash cleanup at Rocky Ledge, yielding four heaping bags of trash.

**Mark your calendars for the next community stewardship workday: Saturday May 26, 10-12.

Earth Day Events, April 21

17 Apr

Though I know some of you celebrate Earth Day every day, the nationally recognized time to do it is in April. So instead of our regularly scheduled 4th Saturday workday, April’s stewardship opportunity will be on Saturday April 21, 9am-12pm. There are actually two events going on in Rainbow Beach Park during this time.

1. TREE PLANTING
Openlands is donating and planting 10 Black Oaks in the Dunes Nature area (just south of the Field House) and need your help! If you haven’t walked through the Dunes area lately, now’s the time. Meet at the entrance to the Nature Area at 9am. If you have questions about this project or to RSVP, get in touch with Glenda Daniel (gdaniel@openlands.org).

2. TRASH CLEANUP
We will have our annual Friends of the Parks beach cleanup at both Rainbow Beach and Rocky Ledge (79th & the Lake. This is our proposed site for a dog beach). RSVP to marion.brown@gmail.com.

For both events, you can RSVP or just show up! Equipment will be provided, but please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water to drink.

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