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Oct
24
Sat
OAKtober Hike @ Burr Oak Vallely Preserve
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month (in Illinois) with us as NLI staff will take you on a guided hike through the rolling hills of Burr Oak Valley Preserve. This preserve has a variety of habitat including remnant and restored prairies, and oak savannas. Learn about the history and restoration of this preserve nestled next to residential development in Roscoe, Illinois.

Guided tours will be in small groups to allow for plenty of social distancing during the hike. Please bring a mask to wear when social distancing isn’t possible. Dress for the weather. Pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes recommended.

This event is free for NLI members, $5 for individuals (non-NLI members), and $10 for non-member families.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are a limited number of spots available. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register in the form provided below by Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

 

To become a member of NLI join here:
https://www.naturalland.org/membership/

For more information about Burr Oak Valley Preserve visit:
https://www.naturalland.org/burr-oak-valley-preserve/

Oct
27
Tue
NLI Virtual Book Discussion: Trace @ Zoom meeting
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Book Discussion

Have you ever read a good book and then wanted to discuss it with your friends, family, or anyone else who has read the same one? NLI is starting a book discussion program (uhm, because we feel the same way) based on themes of the natural world and topics that impact our lives and nature. We want you to share your thoughts and passion with us about what you have read.

Join us for the first program in this series for a discussion about the book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy. Shelby Best, NLI Marketing & Membership Committee member, will lead the discussion to be held via Zoom.

Get the book at your favorite bookstore, buy and download it on your favorite reading device, or buy it online here and read it before we meet on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. for the discussion.

Registration is required for this free event.

Fill out the registration form below and a Zoom link will be sent to you on Monday, Oct. 26.

Book Review:

https://www.ecolitbooks.com/2016/09/book-review-trace-by-lauret-savoy/

Lauret Savoy’s Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape is both a memoir and a study of human events within the natural landscape of the United States. As an incessant traveler from childhood and on into a career as a professor of geology and environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, she has embraced and studied a significant portion of the ancient landscape of the United States upon whose surface the history of a people has only recently been written. Her informed perspective leads her to write, “Tumultuous histories, human and geological, formed the landscape in which I am implicated, and they continue.” Human history is, of course, but an instant in the history of the planet, particularly on the North American continent. In this book, Savoy invites the reader to accompany her on a quest to understand the human drama that has defined who she is, and she encourages us to take a closer look at our own roles on this stage we share with her.

 

 

Nov
21
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Dec
19
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Jan
16
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Feb
20
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Mar
20
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Apr
17
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

May
15
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.

 

Jun
19
Sat
Stewardship Days -Silver Creek Woods Preserve @ Silver Creek Woods Preserve
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Effective Sat Mar 21 at 5pm – all volunteer stewardship days are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19

Will resume on Sep. 19 with social distancing protocols in place.

Third Saturday Stewardship Day at Silver Creek Woods Preserve

Directions: 5753 Prairie Rd., Rockford, IL  61102, a few miles southwest of town, just north of Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve.

9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Join us at this preserve, originally donated to NLI by our founders George and Barbara Fell, to assist with a variety of restoration work including the removal and treatment of bush honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and burning of brush piles. Explore the beauty of this private natural area while you provide community service. You never know, you might see a rare bird, mammal or plant.

Individuals or groups who wish to participate in one of the volunteer Stewardship Days should contact:

Site Steward,
Dion Faith, (815)520-6916, 
Docfaith68@yahoo.com

You are welcome to help during the entire time listed for that stewardship day or for part of the day. Please let Dion know what time to expect you.

What to bring:

Dion provides tools, gloves, and water (and sometimes special snacks!). If you plan to stay through lunch, you may want to bring a sack lunch. Dress for the weather. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy boots are recommended.