Work Days


Aug. 13, Sunday, Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary 1:00—3:00

Aug. 20, Sunday, Adams Wildlife Sanctuary 1:00—3:00

Aug. 26, Saturday, Sangamon River Cleanup: See River Cleanup Page


Sept. 3, Sunday, ,Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary 1:00—3:00

Sept. 9, Saturday, Run for the Prairie, Centennial Park 9:00—1:00 (See blog post)

Sept. 10, Sunday, Wolf Preserve, 1:00—3:00

Sept. 17, Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 1:00—3:00

Sept. 24, Sunday, Walden West, 1:00—3:00


Oct. 8, Sunday, South Fork Nature Reserve, 1:00—3:00

Oct. 22 Sunday, Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 1:00—3:00

Oct. 29, Sunday, Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, 1:00—3:00

Standing Work Days in October

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – noon, at Hickory Point Woods: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

Places we work, and directions to each site:

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.

Glenwood Woods: Join us for stewardship activities at this City Water Light and Power property on Lake Springfield every Tuesday morning. Meet at Lake Wood Drive, the first road east of Glenwood Middle School.

Hickory Point Woods: East on Toronto Road to West Lake Drive. Turn right, continuing east. Turn right on Island Bay Lane, go past Hickory Point Lane and park on the east side of the road next to the timber.

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.

South Fork Nature Reserve: Take Route 29 to Rochester. Turn east on the first street out of Rochester which is Tuxhorn Road. Turn left on Wright Road to Gaule Road. Turn right on Gaule Road to Bakutis Road and park.

Walden West: Join us at this privately-owned natural area near Manito. Meet at the Hardees at Walnut and Jefferson Streets in Springfield one hour before the time listed above.

Washington Park: Join George Rose in controlling exotic species in Springfield’s Washington Park. George will schedule workdays throughout the season when he is available. Call George at 787-1940 if you are interested.

Wolf Preserve: Join us for stewardship activities at our preserve near Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Meet at the Hardees at Walnut and Jefferson Streets in Springfield one half-hour before the time listed above.

Unless noted otherwise, call Vern LaGesse at (217) 525-1410 for more information. Workdays usually last about two hours and often include a tour. Work gloves and boots are recommended for all work days. All other equipment is provided.

Prescribed burns are weather-dependent and are NOT scheduled in advance. Call Vern to be included on his e-mail list of volunteers interested in helping burn. Due to weather conditions, there may be only a day’s notice prior to a burn being conducted. See our Stewardship page for more information.