The sand dunes of Lake Michigan
are among the great natural wonders of the world.
On Thursday, July 21 at 7:00, Naturalist Jack Shouba will make the case for this claim. He will introduce us to the incredible variety of plants and animals that call this area home, and to the history and science that make it so much more than the beautiful playground it is.
The program, at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center (28 Brookside Drive, Elgin), will look at the process of succession and show a number of sites around Lake Michigan in preparation for our field trip to Illinois Beach State Park.
On Saturday morning, July 23, we will meet at 7:30 AM at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church (12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin) to arrange carpooling and drive to Illinois Beach State Park.
We will explore the beach, low sand dunes, oak savanna, wet and dry prairies, wetlands, and the Dead River. Bring your binoculars, camera, water -- and a sack lunch or food to share for a picnic lunch. Wear comfortable hiking socks and shoes, long pants (poison ivy!), a hat and sunscreen. Hiking will be leisurely, mostly on sand and gravel trails covering about two miles, though you can choose to do only part of the longest trail.
We will hike with Jack both before and after lunch and leave for Elgin around 2:30, arriving by about 4:00.
(If you drive yourself, use the Wadsworth Road entrance and meet in the parking lot south of the Resort and Conference Center, near the Visitor Center, at about 9:15.)
On Our Horizon
Saturday, July 30 Midsummer Garden Tour 10:00
John and Lori Schultz began planting their native gardens in the spring or 2013. Almost all of the gardens are adapted from plans in Pat Hill's book, Design Your Natural Midwest Garden. John and Lori can show you what the early years of native gardening look like.
They will also be talking about their conversion from a gas furnace and electric air conditioner to a ground source heat pump.
Meet at 10:00 at 1435 Walnut Creek Drive in Elgin
Saturday, August 27 Road Trip to Wisconsin! 7 AM
to the International Crane Foundation
the Aldo Leopold Foundation's
Shack & Farm
We will meet at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church at 7:00 AM to board the bus.
Details to follow --
Followup from Last Month
Here's how one participantwrote about last month's visit to the Citizens for Conservation facility: From the barn swallows to the chimney swifts to the seed-processing
room to the nursery to the wetland, savannah, and prairie restoration,
we were wowed and inspired.
If you missed it, you can at least see pictures below. For those who were there, you can check your notes against the lists requested from Tom Vanderpoel.
Matrix plants are many,
but for our morainal oak woodlands:
In more mesic forests:
Buzz about Natives and Pollinators Saturday July 16
What are natives? Why use them? How do they help? Which plants are native? Where can I put them? When should I plant them? How do I add them to my yard?
Two of our members, Trish Beckjord and Jan Sorensen, will be answering these questions at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center on Saturday, with sessions at 10:00 and 2:00. Click here to get in on the buzz -- and register!
Shakespeare in the Garden Friday August 19
The Elgin Garden Club is hosting free garden lectures at Gail Borden Library
in Elgin. On August 19, 9:30-11 AM, Laura Mueller of the Art Institute of Chicago, will speak on the Shakespeare Gardens of 1916, as well as paintings and plants popular in Shakespeare's time and beyond.