ConSERVE Chicago: Public Lands Day Service at Thatcher Woods

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - September 26, 2015 12:00 pm

Join SCA in the coming year as we launch ConSERVE Chicago, a public service intiative devoted to mobilizing young people in support of Chicago’s public lands. With large-scale service events hosted on a quarterly basis, SCA will provide a platform for members of the Chicago community to give back and connect with others who care about conservation and urban resiliency.

For the kickoff ConSERVE Chicago event, SCA will be teaming up with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to celebrate Public Lands Day through service at Thatcher Woods in River Forest.

Located just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, Thatcher Woods offers a 245-acre forest habitat straddling the Des Plaines River. SCA volunteers will help restore this native floodplain forest by removing invasive species as part of the Forest Preserve’s “100 Years, 100 Events” Celebration. 



WHEN: Saturday, September 26th, 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Thatcher Woods, 8030 Chicago Ave, River Forest, IL 60305. (See detailed directions below.)

WHAT: Removing invasive species to restore native floodplain forest. SCA’s Urban Treehouse program will provide activities for families and children under 13 years old.

BRING WITH YOU: Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and bugspray recommended. SCA will provide work gloves, snacks, and water.

REGISTRATION: To join us, please register at to complete the volunteer waiver.

QUESTIONS: Contact Lynne Mecum at [email protected] or 312-239-1669



By Public Transit: The Metra Union Pacific West line River Forest station is next to the preserve, just south of Lake Street. From the Metra station, head north on Thatcher Ave and turn left/west onto Lake Street. Walk about a half-mile west to the river, where a footpath heads north into Thatcher Woods. Look for SCA signage.

The CTA Green Line is also within walking distance of the preserve. Walk 1 1/2 miles west on Central Ave from the Harlem stop.

By Car: Take I-290 west to the N. 1st Ave exit. Head north and turn east/right on Chicago Ave. The parking lot is on the north side of the road.



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