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March 25: First community stewardship workday of 2017!

19 Mar

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Join us on Saturday March 25 from 10am-12pm for the first workday of the season. We’ll survey the changes that have gone on over the past few months and clean up trash that’s come ashore during the winter. Bring neighbors, friends, and family.

Meet in the first parking lot, close to the entrance of the Nature Area and look for the banner. 

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 alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions.

RSVP here!

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*

Follow up: October 29 workday

30 Oct

Our last workday of 2016 was awesome – we planted 1000 marram grass stolons!* Our goal was to encourage native plants to colonize the area around the new water filtration system on the north side of the nature area.

 

We had tons of volunteers, but I didn’t get many photos– too busy digging holes and planting stolons.

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Just a fraction of the volunteers who planted marram grass.

 

*What’s a stolon anyway?

Stolons are specialized stems that run horizontally just under the soil surface. We can cut them apart and plant them separately.

stolons

 

Late autumn is beautiful across the dunes!

 

 

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October 29: Marram grass planting and volunteer appreciation

16 Oct

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Marram grass (Ammophila breviligulata) is the resident dune-builder at RBD. Its roots reach deep into the sand, anchoring it in heavy winds, building up small hills and leaving behind swales.

On the last workday of 2016, we will plant marram grass to anchor sand around the new water filtration system. Afterwards we’ll have hot cider and donuts to celebrate our planting and a successful year of stewardship. Bring neighbors, friends, and family.

Join us on Saturday October 29nd from 10am-12pm for the last workday of the season and stay until 1pm to celebrate the year’s accomplishments with your fellow volunteers!

Meet in the first parking lot, close to the Fieldhouse and look for the banner. 

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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 alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions.

RSVP here!

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 Fieldhouse. Meet at the banner!

Find directions and a map here.

*Mark your calendar*
See you in March 2017

October workdays

17 Nov

We had a great time at our last workdays of the year in October!

First, Ms. Hess from Gary Comer College Prep brought her advisory group to clean up trash:

Then some of our dedicated regulars, service learning students, and a Chicago Cares group did an amazing job of installing nearly 500 native plants in the upper triangle. This spot will be a vision next summer!
We planted:
Anemone cylindrica, THIMBLEWEED
Asclepias verticillata, WHORLED MILKWEED
Aster sericeus, SILKY ASTER
Bouteloua curtipendula, SIDE-OATS GRAMA
Coreopsis lanceolata, SAND COREOPSIS
Coreopsis palmata, PRAIRIE COREOPSIS
Dalea candida, WHITE PRAIRIE CLOVER
Kuhnia eupatorioides, FALSE BONESET
Liatris aspera, ROUGH BLAZING STAR
Monarda punctata, HORSE MINT
Phlox pilosa, SAND PRAIRIE PHLOX
Sporobolus cryptandrus, SAND DROPSEED

Saturday October 27: Last workday of the year!

23 Oct

Rainbow Beach Dunes is quiet through the winter– we’re lucky that we don’t have buckthorn or other woody species to contend with. So use the winter months to spend your time at places the do, like your local Forest Preserve.

At the last workday of the season, we’ll be planting several native species throughout the nature area. Our hard work will be rewarded with veggie chili. Bring a snack to share if you like!  Join us this Saturday October 27 from 10am-12pm.

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, wear closed-toed shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and prepare to get dirty. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

Upcoming events of interest:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Restoration Workday, Beaubien Woods

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Chicago Wilderness Congress, University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday February 3, 2013
Wild Things Conference, Chicago IL

Saturday September 22: Planting and seed collection

20 Sep

The showy goldenrod is brilliant and little bluestem is turning crimson. Autumn days are a great time to collect and disperse seeds. We’ll also plant young native plants in preparation for winter. Join us this Saturday September 22 from 10am-12pm.

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, wear closed-toed shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and prepare to get dirty. Contact Alison Anastasio at alison.anastasio@gmail.com for questions and to RSVP.

**Mark your calendar**

Saturday October 27, Stewardship workday

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