Reserve your spot now: Spring workshops sponsored by Friends of the Sangamon Valley fill up fast

 

Chainsaw Handling 

Saturday, February 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield. Learn the proper way to handle and maintain a chainsaw. Learn about safe practices, safety equip-ment and different techniques for different situations. One-on-one attention and hands-on practice included. Saws and safety equipment will be available. Bring your own if you want. Call Vern LaGesse at 217-525-1410 to reserve a spot.

Prescribed Fire and Controlled Burns 

Sunday, February 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary. Classroom lecture followed by equipment demonstration and possible burn, if weather conditions permit. All handouts and equipment provided. There is no charge for this workshop. Call Vern LaGesse at 217-525-1410 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Mushrooms: Grow Your Own 

Join us on Saturday, March 4, at from 1:00 ’til 3:00 at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield to learn about growing oyster and shitake mushrooms. You will be provided with everything you need to create an oyster mushroom log and a shitake mushroom log. Reservations re-quired. Limited space and materials available. $25.00 per person. Bring a cordless drill and a hammer if you have them. Call Vern at 217-525-1410 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Directions and more information:

Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary: Join us at this prairie restoration outside Loami. From Springfield or Chatham, take E. Loami Road west to Lead Line Road. Turn south (left) on Lead Line to Withers Road. Turn West (right) on Withers. Go about one-half mile until you see the signs for the sanctuary. Meet in the parking lot at 9560 Withers Road.

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary: Join us at the Illinois Audubon Society’s sanctuary in Springfield. Meet in the sanctuary’s parking lot. Address: 2315 E Clear Lake Ave, Springfield, IL 62703.

Herbicide Training Sessions Scheduled for Jan. 8, 12

The Friends are selective in the herbicides they use, using the right chemical for the right job in the specific habitat.

To make sure we use these specialized chemicals responsibly and to comply with state laws about how they’re applied and who can apply them, our volun-teers go through annual training on the use of herbi-cides and how to apply them safely and properly.

Vern LaGesse presents specially tailored classes on herbicide application for Friends volunteers. The classes are free, and include an hour of instruction followed by a brief session of field work to put into practice what was learned, weather-permitting. Classes are held at various locations.

This year, two sessions are planned: January 8 at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary in Loami and January 12 at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Both sessions are from 1:00 to 3:00.

Call Vern to register or for more information, 217-525-1410.

Watch for our Run for the Prairie billboard

 

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As you drive through Springfield, keep an eye out for the Run for the Prairie billboard, located on Stevenson Drive.

Registration fees are $40 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. The family fun run registration fee is $20 for a family of up to six people or $10 for an individual.

Register for the race at: www.getmeregistered.com. Keep in touch on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FOSVrace/.

Announcement for Racers

Run for the Prairie: Update

The Friends of the Sangamon Valley Board of Directors is excited to announce additional details about the group’s first-ever Run for the Prairie. The 5K/10K race and a family fun run will be held at Centennial Park Sept. 17, 2016.

The 10K starts at 9 a.m. The 5K starts at 10 a.m. The family fun run starts at about 10:20 a.m. The fun run will be about one-mile in length.

The course will be laid out on the mowed grass firebreaks at Centennial Park that are about 80 feet wide. The entire course if 5K. 10K runners will run the course twice. Runners will be timed, although it is not a sanctioned race. T-shirts and medals will be awarded to all runners in the 5K and 10K. Family run groups will receive t-shirts and finisher ribbons. Runners must register separately for each race.

The event offers an opportunity for the Friends to reach new audiences, while providing participants the opportunity to run in a natural setting.

Registration fees are $40 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. The family fun run registration fee is $20 for a family of up to six people or $10 for an individual.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down the event. Water stations throughout the course also will need to be staffed. We also need help monitoring the course during the race, registering and checking in the runners and help awarding medals and t-shirts.

Volunteers will be needed from 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Dick Poynter at 585-1818. Register for the race at: www.getmeregistered.com. Keep in touch on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FOSVrace/.

Announcement for Racers

 

The Run for the Prairie

Announcement for Racers

Friends of the Sangamon Valley is pleased to present this inaugural event designed to introduce a new audience to the Tallgrass Prairie. In addition to raising awareness of the Centennial Park Prairie restoration, FOSV hopes to increase its membership and raise funds to support its stewardship efforts.

As always, we welcome your help. Volunteers are needed to help race day go smoothly. Give Vern LaGesse a call at 525-1410. Stay up to date by following the event on Facebook.