Calendar of Events

Tuesday, 3/5/19  40 Years of Habitat Restoration at Home

For 40 years, Ders Anderson has been restoring a 3 acre property in McHenry County that was once home to a dairy farm. Over the years, the Openlands Greenways Director and Land Conservancy of McHenry County board member has planted and seeded 150 native forbs, grasses, shrubs and trees on the site – bringing back native prairie, wetland and savanna plus a rich array of wildlife.  He will discuss his journey as well as the many surprises encountered along the way. 

 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Ders Anderson

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Tuesday 4/9/19  Simple Ways to Include Native Plants in the Home Landscape

Wondering how you might use more native species in the landscape and still keep your yard looking great and easy to maintain? Would you like to learn which native plants adapt best to landscape use and don’t become “garden thugs?” Join us for a look at native plants for shade, sun, wet and dry microclimates, how to design with natives and maximize their functional role in the landscape, and where to find natives plants and seeds to purchase. Horticulture professor, landscape designer and restoration ecologist Rory Klick will share tips and techniques for going native.

 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Rory Klick

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Saturday 4/27/19  A Walk with the Wild Ones: Ryerson Woods

This  552 acre preserve supports some of Illinois’ most pristine woodlands and several state-threatened and endangered species, and offers 6.5 miles of scenic trails that wind through a stately forest to the quiet Des Plaines River. Join us for a beautiful morning walk with our guide, site steward Bill Sullivan.  

10:00 – 11:30 am

Guide: Bill Sullivan

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Tuesday 5/7/19  Recognize and Control a Six-pack of Invasive Plants

Invasive species interfere with the restoration of native ecosystems and the establishment of natural gardens.  Our presentation will explore 6 common invasive plants, giving characteristics for recognizing each. The life cycles of the plants will be discussed with the goal of being able to use control strategies for plants with similar life cycles. The control techniques presented will be “low tech” and user friendly for gardeners and stewards.  Our presenter will leave time for you to ask about your particular troublesome invaders.

 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Mary Zaander 

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Tuesday 6/4/19  An Introduction to the Tallgrass Prairie

Illinois is named the prairie state, yet only one-tenth of one percent of prairies remain. Most have been lost to urban development, timber production or agriculture. Our tallgrass prairie is one of the most vulnerable places on Earth. Author, land steward, and Tuesdays in the Tallgrass prairie blogger, Cindy Crosby will share with us a brief history of the tallgrass prairie, and how different people have viewed it in diverse ways over time. Enjoy stories of how prairie plants have been used in the arts, in medicine, as groceries, and as love charms! Then discover ways you can engage more deeply with “our landscape of home.”

 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Cindy Crosby

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Tuesday, 8/6/19  Favorite Native Plants Through the Seasons

We are happy to have been able to reschedule this great program originally planned for February but cancelled due to an ice storm.  Join us for an evening with landscape designer and owner of Good-Natured Landscapes LLC, Denise Sandoval. as she discusses the native plants she uses most often in her designs because they are easy to grow, versatile, and beautiful. These plants do well in clay soils, are easy to find, and take a wide range of moisture and sun conditions. Plant attributes, behavior and their wildlife value in the landscape will also be covered.

 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm  

 Fremont Public Library 

1170 North Midlothian Rd  Mundelein, IL 60060

Speaker: Denise Sandoval

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Our monthly meetings take place at Fremont Public Library located in Mundelein, Illinois, usually on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Any meeting day changes are always indicated in red on the specific meeting program page. 

 

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