By Mike McKissack
College of DuPage students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to help restore the Glen Ellyn campus’ prairies and natural areas at a series of work days this spring.
Upcoming prairie workdays are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20 and 27, March 6, 13 and 20, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, and May 1; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 21, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18, and May 2; and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 9 and April 13. Volunteers will cut brush, collect and process seeds, transplant and weed invasive plants.
First planted in 1985, Kirt Prairie comprises approximately six acres of marsh, a one-acre retention pond, 11 acres of reconstructed prairie and savanna, and a quarter mile of seed production beds. Over a half mile of trails, including a 1/6-mile wheelchair accessible stretch, allows easy access for non-consumptive recreational use.
The Glen Ellyn campus is also home to the B.J. Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary, which includes a nine-acre marsh and wetland area, as well as a 15-acre ecological study area comprising three acres of marsh, four acres of successional woodland and eight acres of reconstructed prairie. The ecological study area also includes more than a half mile of trails available for non-consumptive recreational use.
Click here for more information about the natural restoration areas at College of DuPage.