2017 Weekends of Restoration
Take a mini vacation that makes a difference! Get involved and be part of an award-winning program of recreation, learning and doing.
Camping at Glacial Park is free and offered exclusively for the Weekend of Restoration.* Ages 16 and up.
The spring and fall events will focus on Women in Conservation. Among these women are poets and scientists who changed how all of us think about nature; women whose genius for organization created national parks and led conservation through both formative and perilous times; and educators who have inspired generations of nature lovers and conservationists.
Women in Conservation: A personal story
April 28–30 • 7 pm Friday to Noon Sunday
Code: 5418 (registration opens February 10, county residents/February 19, non-residents)
Women in Conservation is a topic far too large for a single weekend, so we will take a more personal approach and examine the life and career of May Theilgaard Watts, one of the great nature educators of the first 100 years of conservation. May was an artist, author, poet, and consummate educator. Threads from her life lead back to Dr. Henry C. Cowles, a principal author of the theory of plant succession at the dawn of the 20th century; they connect her to the accomplishments of many other women of her day, and then reach forward to the first rails-to-trails conversions and the first prairie restorations in the 1960s and ‘70s. Join us to learn about this remarkable woman and her time. We will spend much of the weekend outdoors, as we begin the restoration of an oak savanna by planting oak and hazel seedlings and scattering prairie seed.
Women in Conservation: Today
September 15–17 • 7 pm Friday to Noon Sunday
Code: 5419 (registration opens August 10, county residents/August 20, non-residents)
Women participate in every aspect of conservation today, here in McHenry County and across the Chicago Region. They work at the Federal, State, and local levels. They work in support roles and they lead major organizations like McHenry County Conservation District. They are Ph.D. scientists; they operate chainsaws; they work with wild animals; they lead prescribed burns and bird surveys. The fall WEOR will allow you to meet and talk with a few of the talented women who are shaping conservation today. Our restoration project will be to begin to restore an old pasture to its former life as an oak savanna. Come help us change the world!
Summer Workshop & Tour
Saturday, June 10 • 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. FREE
Code: 5420 (registration opens May 10, county residents/May 20, non-residents)
For those who have not attended before, this session will allow you to get a sense of the work, learning, and social activities that make up a Weekend. For those who have been part of a Weekend, this gives you a chance to revisit the site where you worked, reconnect with friends, and help us plan future events.
In the fall of 2011, 25 people worked together for two and a half days to restore a wetland in Glacial Park. Along the way they discovered a sense of community and purpose and created something of lasting beauty. That was our first Weekend of Restoration. Our tenth event was last fall. In addition to the wetland, our crews have planted over 1,500 oak trees, 5,000 acorns, and seeded ten acres of prairie. But that’s not all! We’ve staged an outdoor play (yes, a real play with script, actors, and director), performed dramatic poetry readings on the shores of Turtle Marsh, taken part in a drumming event in the middle of a prairie, traveled back in time to see Teddy Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, and Aldo Leopold, lived in a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp from the 1930s, and listened to Henry Thoreau talk to us on a peaceful night walk through Glacial Park.
Oh yes, we’ve learned a lot about oak trees, cultural and ecological history, the people and places that spawned the restoration movement, and all sorts of sciencey things above and below the ground. We will visit several of our project areas, review our successes and failures, and discuss our plans for future events. We will spend much of the day outdoors; dress for the weather, bring a lunch and something to drink.
Cost per Weekend (Spring/Fall):
$75 for adults / $55 Seniors (60+) / $40 Students 16+
Register with a friend and receive a $20 discount off second registration.
To register with a friend (non-family member) and receive
a discount or obtain a student discount (student discount will automatically apply
to anyone between 16–21 years of age) please call (815) 479-5779. Offline options are here.
Fee includes Friday evening snack, continental breakfast
Saturday and Sunday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Overnight Accommodations: Several motel options are within 15 minutes of the park,
or camp for FREE, exclusively for this event only. (Bring your own camping equipment. Shower facilities available.)
For more information: Visit our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/WkndofRstor.
or contact Tom Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or(815) 678·4532 Ext. 8218.
Past Weekends of Restoration, Getaways that Made a Difference
In September of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and April 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, the Weekend of Restoration events have been hosted at several one to two acre sites within Glacial Park were native plant seedlings and seeds were planted to restore the former barrens/savanna vegetation. Each spring and fall we will continue our progress and invite new friends to join us. Witness the results of past “turtle marsh”, “dragon barrens”, “crane hill” weekends on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/WkndofRstor.