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Events

Check this page for FDNA events such as guided nature walks, stream exploration, potluck gatherings, night walks and storywalks.  

Upcoming Events

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Past events

This event is sponsored by Dundee Township with FDNA as a co-sponsor.

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Bring a chair and your favorite picnic fare and join us for a communal viewing of this celestial event. Viewing glasses will be gifted to the first 25 attendees. Cookies and lemonade will be provided to all attendees.
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Enter at the Huntley Rd. parking lot and drive up to the racetrack.  We are planting native oaks and shrubs, mulching, caging and watering them in. We’re going to have a merch table.  Each participant can take one item for free.  Staff from Nicor will volunteer.  This project at Raceway Woods, the contracted work of clearing invasives, the burn our staff and volunteers did, and now the community educational part where we teach why we’re doing this and installing the plants, is made possible by a grant from Nicor and The Morton Arboretum.  The grant is a one-time reimbursement of $9000.00 for contracted work and $1000.00 for native trees and shrubs.

HELP THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

ALGONQUIN GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE 

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m. to noon
at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parking Lot,  300 Jefferson St., Algonquin.  Plants of excellent quality will include hanging baskets, tomato and pepper plants, and a variety of assorted perennials and native plants.  The Algonquin Garden Club has given to FDNA in the past and this year a portion of the native plant sale proceeds will be donated to FDNA.

One day only, May 16
to help raise funds for FDNA

we thank Cane's for their generous support.

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Mark your calendar and join us for an FDNA's prairie walk at Snuffy's Prairie on September 24, 1 P.M.

.for a 90-minute moderate walk along a trail loop, less than a mile. Children are welcome but no dogs are allowed. Bring water, insect repellent, walking shoes, and long pants.

Snuffy’s Prairie will be in its finest late summer wildflower display!  We will walk the mowed trail to explore the plants and their prairie and wetland habitats.  We will learn about the exciting history of the restoration to the native prairie of this landscape that was once corn and soybean farmland. 

June Keibler and Steve Keibler, Stewards of Snuffy’s Prairie will lead the walk.

 

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FDNA’s first moon walk at Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary, was a great success. More than sixty people attended to enjoy a wonderful summer hike in the company of the full moon and learn about the site and its significance. Sue Harney presented the history and design of the site as a flood control watershed feature. Andrew Rosado, an astronomy student, set up a telescope and explained the night sky.  Domenico D'Alessandro contributed two children's stories with a moon theme.

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FDNA’s first nature walk at Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve! 

A moderate walk took us through a beautiful landscape, up and downhill through hill prairies, along  streamsides, and to overlooks of wetlands. 

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20+ people met at the Eastmoor entrance to Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve to partake in the nature walk.

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David Schwaegler, a local naturalist, accomplished nature photographer, and steward at Lake in the Hills Fen, led the walk. 

Access David's photographs of Dixie Briggs Fromm here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskf2QbEx

Some of the Spring flora seen on our walk     (click on image for pop-ups)

Prickly Ash  /  Zanthoxylum americanum

Prickly Ash / Zanthoxylum americanum

Shooting Star / Primula sect. Dodecatheon

Shooting Star / Primula sect. Dodecatheon

Hairy Puccoon / Lithospermum caroliniense

Hairy Puccoon / Lithospermum caroliniense

Blue-eyed Grass / Sisyrinchium albidum

Blue-eyed Grass / Sisyrinchium albidum

Bird's Foot Violet / Viola pedata

Bird's Foot Violet / Viola pedata

Common Blue Violet / Viola sororia

Common Blue Violet / Viola sororia

Violet Wood Sorrel / Oxalis violacea

Violet Wood Sorrel / Oxalis violacea

Yellow Star Grass / Hypoxis hirsuta

Yellow Star Grass / Hypoxis hirsuta

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