Natural Land Institute seeks volunteers to transplant seedlings
From press release
ROCKTON, Ill.—Natural Land Institute (NLI) is asking for volunteers to help transplant grey-headed coneflower, butterfly milkweed and June grass from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 1, at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton. Children and adults are welcome to help with the transplanting.
Greg Keilback, stewardship director with NLI, said there will be tasks for all ages to do in preparing the seedlings for planting later this spring in the 721-acre preserve.
“The help of volunteers will make a real difference because the plants will increase the diversity of wildflowers and grasses in the prairie and wetland restoration areas that are critical for the birds, mammals and other wildlife to meet their habitat and nesting needs,” Keilback said.
The Spring Planting Day is sponsored by NLI, a not-for-profit group conserving land in northern Illinois since 1958. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For information, call (815) 964-6666 or go to www.naturalland.org.
Spring Planting Day at the Nygren Wetland Preserve is part of Celebrate Earth, a multi-week Earth Day celebration organized by the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition. For other Celebrate Earth events, visit www.fourriver.org.
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