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Help Keep Oakton’s Forest Green and Growing

The Ecology Club at Oakton invites volunteers to help with its ongoing forest reservation efforts, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, November 3, at the Des Plaines campus.

Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus is situated on 174-acres along the Des Plaines River, next to a Cook County Forest Preserve. The forestland shelters deer, coyotes, owls, and a wide range of wildlife. Now, this precious “green asset” needs some extra care. The Ecology Club at Oakton invites volunteers to help with its ongoing forest reservation efforts, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, November 3, at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Volunteers will meet at the north end of Parking Lot A, rain or shine. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Youth workers (age 16 and younger) must be accompanied by an adult.

Physical activity is required. Volunteers will be supervised in activities such as cutting and burning European buckthorn and other invasive plants. Participants also may observe a “controlled burn” if conditions allow. Volunteers should wear warm, comfortable work clothes and boots. Gloves, eye protection, and tools will be provided.

Registration is required. To participate in the forest restoration effort, RSVP to ecoakton@gmail.com.

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