Friday, September 4, 2015

planting day at Whistler Woods

Here come the plants! 400 baby native plants arrive at Whistler Woods Saturday, Sept. 5

Those plants need volunteers to put them in the ground. It only takes about 2 minutes to dig a hole, stick a plant in, and pat it closed. So we only need 400 people to donate 2 minutes apiece, or 200 people to donate 4 minutes, or . . . Just come.

When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot between 10 am and 1 pm. 

Bring a trowel if you have one. Free lunch. Questions? Call Chris, 773-746-5223. 

The new arrivals include rye grasses, asters, false Solomon's seal, sedges, and more,  purchased with funding by ArcelorMittal, the steel company next door to Whistler.

These new plants will help pollinators, reduce erosion (which kills fish and water plants) and filter storm runoff before it reaches the river and, ultimately, Lake Michigan - our drinking water.

How to get there:  Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn onto Forestview.  Nearest exit from I-57 is 127th St. From there, take eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted.

By transit:  Pace 352 bus.

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