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

REAP the Rewards of Nurturing Nature

Members of our new stewardship program are helping nurture nature in the forest preserves. But these volunteers are getting back as well as giving to the natural world.  REAP stands for Restoration, Education, Appreciation and Preservation and the program offers participants many opportunities to enjoy the preserves, meet like-minded people and learn in fun ways. Volunteer Coordinator, Kim O’Malley says, “REAP is about building a community of people who enjoy learning, sharing and working together to improve our natural areas. It is our hope that REAP educational opportunities and social events will allow REAP volunteers to gain as much as they give.”

Volunteers who register for the REAP program are invited to participate in free stewardship training sessions provided by the forest preserves. They attend  REAP work days  on the third Saturday morning of each month in various preserves.  Each Saturday REAP session includes hands-on guidance  led by stewardship trainer, Steve Hornbeck, an educational opportunity such as a wildflower hike or river study, and socializing with shared refreshments, perhaps around a bonfire.

Anyone is welcome to drop in and help at the Saturday work days. Once you experience the camaraderie and discovery of REAP you’ll want to join our community nature nurturers, learners and funseekers! Check out the schedule of REAP activities beginning April 16th.