Earth Day 2012

Deer Grove

Volunteers make a Difference - Kara & Derek from Fremd Environmental Club helped cut down trees

Earth Day was celebrated by the Northwest Cook County Group of Sierra Club this year on April 21st at Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine.

The volunteers, led by team leaders, broke into groups and headed out to various areas for either the pulling, cutting, burning or all of the above, of invasive species around Deer Grove. Pete Jackson led another large group on the West side of Deer Grove for more of the same, and after a few hours of work all teams assembled back at the tents for a delicious lunch of pizza and sub sandwiches delivered by Wa-Pa-Ghetti's, located at 208 McHenry Road, Wheeling.

At our lunch break, speakers took the stand and discussed efforts underway for positive change regarding our environment, and Toni Preckwinkel commented on how wonderful it was to see so many volunteers at this event.

Volunteers really do make a difference - and we had over 100 volunteers from the community! Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers, Friends of Deer Grove East, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands, Northwest Cook Sierra Club and so many more. The Cub Scouts troop #209, the Fremd Environmental Club, the Harper Environmental Club, the American InterContinental University, the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, and all of the friends and family members who also helped!

We all worked together and it was very rewarding to see the progress that was made in one day! After lunch more groups went back out for additional restoration work, while others went on tours of the area.

Toni PreckwinkleToni Preckwinkel President of Cook County and the FPD and Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, were among the guest speakers who addressed the group at our lunch break. We are very enthused to have leadership that is aware of, and proactive in, the efforts to heal and preserve our natural areas.

Toni Preckwinkel, who is also a History Teacher, and environmentalist, reminded us that The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the oldest FP district in the Nation, and the very first land to be obtained was a 500 acre component – now known as Deer Grove in Palatine. (FPDCC) We have much to be thankful for, especially for the opportunity to take care of this beautiful area.

Deer Grove Scouts

Volunteers from Cub Scout Troop #209 helping to pull Garlic Mustard

– by Karen Peterson

– Photos by Robert Berrios

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Deer Grove

The 2012 Earth Day Celebration was a huge success this year as we worked together at the Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine . . .


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Thank you to all of the speakers, volunteers and community members for making this Earth Day effort a wonderful day.



Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers

Friends of Deer Grove East

Forest Preserve District of Cook County


Sierra Club Northwest Cook County Group



Audubon of the Chicago Region

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist

Friends of the Forest Preserves

Prairie Woods Audubon


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