Events:

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Tuesday, February 8 | 6:30-7:30 PM 

Community Science Information Session

Learn how you can contribute to real research that helps us secure grant funding, prioritize our restoration projects, and understand important trends in populations. Come to this Information Session to meet current Community Scientists and learn what it is all about. 

Location: TBD

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Tuesday, March 8 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Community Science: Budburst Training

Budburst Monitors take pictures of plants at their leisure and record their life stage on an easy to use app and website. This program is great for anyone who appreciates plants, flowers, and the changing of seasons! This training will teach you everything you need to know to contribute important information to Budburst, a nation-wide research project.

Virtual

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May 14th, 2022

Centennial Celebration (100 years of FPWC!)

Join us in celebrating our 100 year anniversary! Hononegah Forest Preserve was our very first preserve that started it all! Come out on this spring day to enjoy arts and crafts, food, and games! There will be giveaways, so you don't want to miss this celebration!

Hononegah Forest Preserve
#80 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072

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August 20th, 2022

R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday (Restoration.Education.Appreciation.Preservation)

Cedar Cliff, acquired in 2017, features 60-foot high limestone cliffs that extend 800 feet along the Rock River. Join us on this R.E.A.P Day to collect seeds!

Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve
7901 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL 61084

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Thursday, February 10 | 6:00-8:30 PM 

Community Science: Calling Frogs Training

Frog Monitors make at least 3 trips a year to a Forest Preserve near them to listen for frogs at night. This program is great for anyone who appreciates frogs, night-time adventures, and learning to identify animals by call! This training will teach you everything you need to know to contribute important information to the Calling Frog Survey, a regional collaboration.

Virtual

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Tuesday, April 5 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Community Science: Bat Training

Bat Monitors borrow our high-tech batpack, which records and identifies bat calls, and explore Forest Preserves at night. This program is great for anyone who appreciates bats, night-time hikes, and amazing apps! This training will teach you everything you need to know to contribute important information to our land restoration work at Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.

Virtual

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June 18th, 2022 

R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday 
(Restoration.Education.Appreciation.Preservation.)

Colored Sands Forest Preserve on the Sugar River is known for its birds – and the bird banding at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, its unique geology, and wonderful wildflowers. It offers outstanding panoramic views of the pristine Sugar River. Join us on this R.E.A.P Day to collect seeds!

Colored Sands Forest Preserve
10602 Haas Road, Rockton, IL 61072

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September 17th, 2022

R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday (Restoration.Education.Appreication.Preservation)

Funderburg Forest Preserve’s 868.6 acres provides valuable wildlife habitat and is home to a variety of plant species and numerous species of birds. Join us on this R.E.A.P Day to transplant greenhouse plugs.

Funderburg Forest Preserve 
4551 S Meridian Road, Rockford, IL 61102

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Tuesday, March 1 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Community Science: Bluebird Training

Bluebird Monitors check nestboxes weekly or bi-weekly at Forest Preserves near them and record their findings. This program is great for anyone who appreciates babies, birds, and being outside! This training will teach you everything you need to know to contribute important information to NestWatch, a nation-wide research project.

Virtual

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Tuesday, April 12 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Community Science: Bumblebee Training

Bumblebee Monitors take pictures of bumblebees at their leisure and post them to an easy-to-use website called BeeSpotter. This program is great for anyone who appreciates pollinators, wildflowers, and spending time outside! This training will teach you everything you need to know to contribute important information to University of Illinois’ Beespotter program and help save the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee from extinction.

Virtual

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July 16th, 2022

R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday (Restoration.Education.Appreciation.Preservation)

The 112.5 acres of land along the Rock River west of Rockton provide scenic river vistas as well as important prairie wetlands and natural areas. Join us on this R.E.A.P Day to collect seeds!

J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve
14400 S. Bluff, Rockton, IL 61072