Over 200 community members gathered at the Beaubien Woods Celebration and Environmental Day on June 4, 2011, to try their hand at fishing, archery and ecological restoration. This event was part of ECCo's ongoing commitment to building community participation in taking care of Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve. ECCo staff worked with our conservation partners: Fishin' Buddies, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chicago Department of the Environment's Greencorps Calumet, and Eden Place to sponsor this "wildly" successful free program. While connecting to and learning about the site, people of all ages took part in activities and games about gardening, natural history, and ecology. Throughout the day, people relaxed and fished along the shores of Flatfoot Lake, and enjoyed healthy food and cooking demonstrations.
ECCo's Erika Hasle and volunteer Leslee Jackson help beautify Beaubien by clearing it of invasive species.
Photos: Laura Milkert