Kids needed to collect and plant acorns
The Natural Land Institute is looking for Rockford-area youth groups who want to gather acorns and nuts as a fundraising project during this summer and fall to help reforest a local natural area. This is an opportunity for kids to learn about the importance of trees, help the environment and earn money for their organization.
Scout troops, 4-H clubs and school and church groups are urged to participate. They will be taught by staff of the Natural Land Institute about where to go and what to collect. Group sponsors can call Andy Bacon at 815/964-6666 to set up a time to learn about the project.
Members of organizations that collect seed will be invited to a Tree Planting Festival at the Colman Dells Preserve. They can help plant the acorns, nuts and other native tree seeds in a 10-acre open field surrounded by mature woodland. There the seeds will grow into beautiful large oak, hickory and walnut trees, closing the forest canopy to provide homes for birds and other wildlife.
The tree festival event on Nov. 2 at the Colman Dells Preserve will feature awards, entertainment and refreshments. The preserve is located next to the Severson Dells Forest Preserve.