Saturday, May 18, 2024

1 to 3:30 PM 

Help restore health to the oak savanna at the Alden Sedge Meadow McHenry County Conservation District site.

Depending on site conditions, we will be cutting invasive trees and shrubs around the oaks and stacking brush piles, or removing garlic mustard.  It is a great opportunity to increase biodiversity in this rare ecosystem that provides habitat for a multitude of birds, insects and mammals.  A healthy oak savanna also provides storage and filtration of groundwater, carbon sequestration, and many other services.  It’s also good for us to be outside among the natural beauty of springtime!

Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy footwear, sunglasses or eye protection and bring a water bottle and work gloves if you have them.  We will have extra gloves, safety equipment and tools.  We will provide snack bars.

This site is not open to the public except for these restoration days. Parking is at 15820 IL Route 173. Look for the “Small Waters” sign. Please let us know if you intend to come by sending us an email at

Small Waters Education
15820 Illinois Route 173
Harvard, IL 60033