Somme Prairie

Somme Prairie

Somme Prairie Grove

Somme Prairie Grove

Somme Woods

Somme Woods







Weekend workdays every weekend, either on a Saturday or a Sunday. Go to “Calendar” and check it out!

Sunset workdays in July and first half of August.

Meet at the Somme Woods parking lot, 1714 Dundee Rd., Northbrook.

Look for the yellow “Volunteers” sign.


Weekday special project workdays at Somme Prairie Grove or Somme East, 1pm to 4pm.

RSVP at – We will let you know where we are going to meet (it differs from week to week). We also may change the date/time or venue depending on the weather.


Ecology Hikes this summer:

Stephen Packard (assisted as needed by other stewards) will be offering a variety of “Ecology Hikes” this summer, focused on Somme Prairie, Somme Prairie Grove (mostly savanna), and Somme Woods (savanna and oak woodland).

We are eager to tailor these “field seminars” to the interests of people who want to learn about these ecosystems – whether as stewards or just people who love them.

These events are free of charge, but we require advance registration and a brief “statement of interest” – to do our best to makes these “hikes” or “seminars” as valuable as possible.

If you are interested, please reply by email to and answer the following two big questions.

1. What days and times would likely be best for you?

2. What would be your principal interests?

As for that second question, an answer like “everything” doesn’t help us very much. Give us as much detail as you’d like. If we can, we would like to group together people of similar interests. Helpful answers might include: “plant identification,” “Somme history and conservation over the years,” “learning to identify birds by their calls,” ‘dragonflies,” “restoration techniques – I’m a beginner,” “savanna restoration techniques – I’ve been a prairie steward for ten years,” or, of course, whatever you personally are interested in.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we have enough responses to propose some dates.

Thanks for your interest,
The Somme Community


Go to “Menu” and click “Calendar” to see our workday schedule. You can subscribe to the Google calendar “Somme Woods and Prairie Events” – the email address is

“Like” us on the Somme Woods Community Facebook page. See photos from workdays and information on upcoming workdays.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here!

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