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, usually 1pm to 4pm on Tuesdays.

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 small group “Ecology Hikes” this August and September, focused on Somme Prairie, Somme Prairie Grove (mostly savanna), and Somme Woods (savanna and oak woodland).

If you’d like to consider participating, you have to RSVP now or soon.

We are eager to tailor these “field seminars” to the interests of people who want to learn – whether as stewards or just people who love the ecosystem and want a deeper appreciation.
These participatory seminars are free of charge, but we require advance registration and a brief “statement of interest” – to do our best to makes the events as valuable as possible.

Please respond by email to and answer the following two questions.
• What days of the week and times would likely be best for you?
• What would be your principal interests?
As for that second question, an answer like “everything” doesn’t help us. If we can, we would like to group together people with similar interests and levels of knowledge.

We’re hoping especially for:

1. People who can contribute their own ideas and experiences.

2. People who would especially benefit from such an experience.

Helpful answers might include:
• “Somme Woods history and conservation over the years,”
• “prairie restoration techniques – I’ve been at this for a year,”
• “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 the people who RSVP with potential dates and times.
Thanks for whatever curiosity or mission you might have.



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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