You Can Become an Oak Keeper!
Sign up for the 2019 series of Oak Keepers workshops
McHenry County’s oak ecosystems have declined by 87 percent since 1837. You can learn hands-on restoration techniques and help ensure that oak trees will always be a part of your local landscape. As an Oak Keeper, you will receive:
- A six-month membership to TLC and t-shirt
- An opportunity to host a workday at your property (not all properties will qualify)
- An invitation to attend TLC restoration workdays and educational workshops, and help nurture our county’s next generation of native trees!
Workshops will be held in natural areas throughout central and northwestern McHenry County. If you attend at least three of the four classes you will receive an official Oak Keeper certification!
- Site Assessment: Receive an 1872 survey map of your property and unlock the clues provided by your trees, topography and water flow while discovering the potential your site holds.
Saturday, Aug. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. Community Research Forest, Harvard
- Tree & Shrub Identification: Learn to identify some of the most common native and non-native species found in a woodland. Saturday, Aug. 31, 10-11:30 a.m. Ryder’s Woods, 750 Kimball Ave., Woodstock
- Savanna Stories: Gather to hear the stories of local landowners who have gone through the journey of restoring their oak woods, big and small. For those who have attended at least three classes, you will receive your Oak Keepers certificate and t-shirt!Sunday, Sept. 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Location TBD
- Work-A-Woodland: Put your knowledge to use! Practice the skills of restoration with safety education, cutting, proper herbicide practices and brush pile management. Sunday, Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Location TBD
Cost: $35 for TLC members, $50 for nonmembers for all four workshops! Register here or call 815-337-9502. Deadline to sign up is Aug. 20.