The Roots and Shoots club engages children of all ages to explore the world around them. The club focuses on care of animals, the environment and our human community through various environmental service projects and activities. Recent projects have included food drives, Cook County Forest Preserve "Work Days", hiking and amphibian monitoring. If this sounds like something you would enjoy please join us. For more information on the parent organization please visit the Roots and Shoots website @ www.rootsandshoots.org.
Suggested Age: 7 and up
*Parent participation required for children under 10 years old.
When: September - May
Weekly on Fridays.
11:00am - 1:00pm (may vary based on field trips. Please check Calendar.)
What: A variety of activities and field trips are scheduled throughout the month. Second Friday's are a restoration workday where we cut and burn brush, pull
garlic mustard, collect seed and otherwise have a great time.
In the spring, we do amphibian monitoring.
Where: Theodore Stone Preserve
The preserve is bordered by 67th, South LaGrange Road and East Avenue in
Hodgkins, IL. It is just north of Whispering Willow Park and east of Lake Ida.
Membership Fee: $3.00 per year.*Additional fee's for activities, field trips and events may apply.
Westside Roots and Shoots
Just for fun, we had two sessions learning about archery and shooting arrows at targets. Most of our group was able to aim and pop a balloon on the target. The DuPage County Forest Preserve rangers were very kind and helpful, instructing the kids in safety and accuracy.
We hike along the Esker Trail at the huge Cap Sauers Holding Forest Preserve. This has been called the most isolated spot in Cook County. Here the kids split into two groups and made debris shelters from logs and sticks lying on the ground.
The effort and team work showed as the littles learned from the bigger kids. Everyone had a great time and even though it drizzled on our way back, there was not one complaint the whole mile back.
We spent our time pulling native, but aggressive plants from the marsh area. We had a big group on a beautiful day and managed to get a huge pile of the unwanted plants before they went to seed. Then we headed to the dolomite prairie to learn about it's formation, the plant life and what an interesting ecosystem it is. Afterward we spread buckets of wood chips on the walking path before having a picnic.
Spring is almost here and with it comes new life throughout the forest. This week we found tadpoles in the river by the old elm tree. Check out what we found IN the old Elm tree - FUNGUS!!!!! The kids were really excited about this and decided they could make mushroom soup out of this big boy. Fortunately I talked them out of the soup and now we will record any changes we notice in our friend as the weather warms.
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