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Events: Annual Earth Day Clean Up--Saturday April 21

District 130 and the Blue Island Bike Club will be hosting an Earth Day Clean-Up and Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, April 21.

The Blue Island Bike Club has been running events at nearby Whistler Woods for 9 years now. Some of our students started in 1st grade and are now in high school at Eisenhower!

ALL ages are welcome!

Naturalists from the Friends of the Parks and the Forest Preserve District will be on hand to interpret any interesting discoveries made at the site. In the past we've found all sorts of treasures from animal skulls and antlers to antique bottles. One year we even found a mummified hawk! Whistler Preserve is a hidden gem in our local environment. Despite a large deer population, there are many high quality plants including spring wildflowers like May Apple, Trillium and Wild Leeks.

Free buses are available at the following locations:

-Veterans Middle School (12250 Greenwood) at 9:15 am

-Kerr Middle School (Union and Maple) at 9:30 am

-Lincoln School (Broadway and Chicago, main entrance) at 9:40 am.

Or meet us at Whistler Woods, on Halsted and 134th (just S. of the Cal-Sag channel) at 10 am.

Wear clothing for the weather and be sure to wear shoes/boots than can get muddy.

If you have work gloves, please bring them, although we will have extras to share.

The Blue Island Bike Club has adopted the woods and is helping to improve the conditions for the beautiful sentinel oak trees on the site by running 6 work days a year. Work days include garlic mustard pulls (spring), seed collection (summer/fall), clean-ups (spring/summer) and invasive tree removal (fall/winter).

Contact Jane or Mike Healy at repto@aol.com or 708-388-8662.

When: Saturday, April 21st, 10 am - noon

Where: Whistler Woods, Halsted and 134th St. (just S. of the canal)

  Posted by janeh on May 19, 2019

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