Friends of the Chicago portage volunteer workdays are usually conducted on
the last saturday of every month (except in december) from 9AM to noon in
Portage Woods Forest Preserve (4800 S. Harlem). Volunteers should dress
appropriately for the weather and wear workclothes, workgloves and heavy
boots or workshoes. We’ll supply tools, gloves, training and refreshments. We
meet in the parking lot in front of the statue in Portage Woods forest preserve.
Our workday activities change with the seasons. Spring is the time to remove garlic mustard and plant native species. Summer finds us keeping the trails clear of encroaching vegetation and removing European buckthorn. Fall is the time to plant natives, cut buckthorn and build brushpiles. In the winter we stay warm by burning the buckthorn brushpiles in giant bonfires, and we toast marshmallows and our no-good cook Pierre warm's his delicious Portage pea soup in the bonfire coals.
(4800 S. Harlem Ave. Lyons, IL).Call Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 for more information and to check on weather cancellations.