Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Workshops on Butterflies, Invasive Plants and Dragonflies

FPWC is launching a new volunteer program utilizing local citizens to help survey and inventory plant and animal species in the forest preserves.  These citizen volunteers will be required to participate in special trainings to learn to identify species and follow approved monitoring protocols.  Data obtained from the surveying will be used to help evaluate FPWC ecological restoration successes and setbacks and also will be submitted to regional and national wildlife monitoring projects. We have several natural science experts coming to FPWC to lead workshops on the four topics we will be focusing on in the 2015 season: butterflies, dragonflies/damselflies, invasive plants, and frogs. FPWC volunteers and prospective volunteers are invited to attend any of these free sessions, but you must register in advance. If you would like to attend these great opportunities to learn more about our native species from regional experts, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kim O’Malley,

Butterfly Monitor Training
January 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Headquarters


Frog Survey Training
February 28
@ 9:00 am – 11:00 am at FPWC Headquarters


Invasive Species I.D./Removal Training
March 7 @ 9:30 – 12:00 at Headquarters
by Cathy McGlynn, Coordinator Illinois Invasive Plant Network


Dragonflies of Northern Illinois
April 11 @ 9:30– 12:00 by Marla Garrison, author
of the Field Museum’s photo field guide to
Damselflies of Northern Illinois.