Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

Success - Thanks to helping hands we finished clearing the grove!

Earth Day was celebrated by the Northwest Cook County Group of Sierra Club this year on April 20 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.


Scouts Troop 209

The scouts from Troop 209 in Palatine - working together


Earth Day 2013

The Sun Feels Good - for volunteers enjoying lunch after some hard work!

Toni Preckwinkel

Thanks again to our speakers: Toni Preckwinkel, Arnold Randall & Elaine Nekritz!

Earth Day 2013

Lining up for yummy lunch from Wa-Pa-Ghetti's

THANKS to ALL and looking forward to next year!


– by Karen Peterson

– Photos by Peter Gorr and Donna Hriljac

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The Earth Day Celebration was a huge success again this year, as we worked together to clear groves of invasive species at Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine . . .


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



Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers, Friends of Deer Grove East, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands, Sierra Club Northwest Cook County Group, Stantec, Village of Palatine



Audubon of the Chicago Region, Buffalo Creek Clean

Water Partnership, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, Fremd High School Environmental Club, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Prairie Woods Audubon

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