OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month

OAKtober Hike 2017, Photo: Jessie Crow Mermel

October is OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month in the State of Illinois. This is the third year that Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed October as Oak Awareness Month in an effort to bring attention to the importance of Oak trees for a healthy ecosystem and to promote the need to curtail the decline of Oak trees throughout Illinois.

Natural Land Institute (NLI) will celebrate OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month by hosting the OAKtober Hike on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. The OAKtober Hike is a free guided tour that starts at 1:30 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half. NLI’s Director of Stewardship Zach Grycan, and Restoration Ecologist Ed Cope, will lead the hike through the rolling hills and oak savannas of Burr Oak Valley Preserve, a private preserve owned by NLI, and talk about the ongoing restoration work and the importance of an oak habitat.


Ed Cope talks about the special habitat of a remnant prairie nestled in between the Oak woodlands, Photo: Kim Johnsen

Burr Oak Valley Preserve is located at 7405 Elevator Road in Roscoe, Ill.  Look for flags at the entrance (south side of road, one tenth of a mile east of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 7404 Elevator Rd., Roscoe, IL 61073). Parking is available at the church.

Hikers should wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes (moderate to difficult level hiking).

Please register for this FREE event by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017: Call 815/964-6666 or email info@naturalland.org.

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