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September 2018

 
September 21 and 22- Crete Park District Acorn Fest
 
September 22- Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Fall Tree Identification. How can you tell a sugar maple from a silver maple? What makes that an American elm and not a slippery elm? How many kinds of oaks are in Kane County? In this class, we’ll take a walk on the wooded trails to learn the common hardwood trees. You will learn several methods of tree identification. The class will include some introductory terminology and an overview of tree identification resources. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Saturday, September 22, 1 – 3 p.m., Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve, 35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles, IL, Fee: $10/person
 
September 29- The Polish Teachers Association's "Oak Prospect of Independence." On May 3rd, the Polish National Alliance hosted the inauguration of “The Oak Prospect of Independence” program, commemorating the centennial of Poland regaining its independence. The idea of planting 100 oak trees for the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence was introduced by the Polish Teachers Association and its Vice President, and PNA member Mrs. Helena Soltys. The very first Oak of Independence was planted in the PNA Gardens by Consul General of Poland in Chicago – Mr. Piotr Janicki, President of the Polish Teachers Association in America - Mrs. Ewa Koch and President of the Polish National Alliance and Polish American Congress– Mr. Frank J. Spula. The grand finale of the program is planned for September 2018 at the PNA Youth Camp in Yorkville, IL. To sponsor a tree for $100- it will be planted in your honor with a red and white bow and you will receive a commemorative certificate- contact Aleja1918.2018@gmail.com.
 
September 30Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival. Celebrate autumn's arrival with the Forest Preserve District! At this all-ages festival, we'll have pumpkin painting, games, guided hikes, nature crafts, folk music and refreshments. 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora, FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments
 
September 30- Lake County Forest Preserves' 'Your Oak Woodland Neighborhood' at Edward L. Ryerson WoodsJoin staff from the Lake County Forest Preserves and Morton Arboretum for a guided tour through recently restored oak woodlands at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (Riverwoods). Discover the natural treasures that have returned to this ecological gem. A separate, children's program will run concurrent with the adult presentation. Staff will highlight specific restoration efforts at Ryerson and share ideas for native landscping that will enhance the surrounding landscape. Preserve neighbors, students and private landowners will learn focused ways to help restore our Urban Tree Canopy. Children ages 4-11 will join education staff for a program all thier own discovering the magic of an oak woodland through hands-on discovery and outdoor exploration. FREE. Registration requested.

 

OAKtober 2018

 

October 8- Hazel Crest Openlands Commission's "Our Vanishing Oak Heritage: What You Can Do to Help." Chris Mulvaney presents on the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan and how you can be a part of the solution.
 
October 14- Schweitzer Restoration Volunteers' Oaktober event. Let's work toward recovering our oak habitat with Kane County Forest Preserve. A partnership of Friends of the Fox River, Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and School District 300. 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee. Call District Steward, Katie Meyer at 815-356-6605 for more information. 
 
October 14- Round Lake Area Park District's OAKtober Celebration. Did you know that the month of October is officially coined Oaktober in Illinois? This day we will celebrate not only our state tree, the White Oak, but ALL oaks in and around our state. Crafts, activities, and nature hikes will fill this day! PD Contact: Christine Kustra. Free. Starts at noon.
 
October 15- The Nature, Culture, and Human Health (NCH2) Network's Nature: Stress’ Antidote Symposium. The NCH2 Network connects people with interests in investigating and applying knowledge about the health benefits of nature to improve the health and well-being of our communities. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Chicago Botanic Graden.
 
October 16- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's Impact Conference: Building Sustainable Landscapes
 
October 16- Green Drinks - Park Ridge's "Oaktober Awareness." Robyn Flakne, arborist in Glenview and CRTI member will discuss the importance of oaks. The public is invited to grab a drink and join in the discussion. No cost to attend, but participants pay their own tabs. 7 p.m. at Harp & Fiddle (110 Main St. Park Ridge).
 
October 22- Yorkville Public Library will be hosting an OAKtober presentation on the oaks of Big Rock. More details to come. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
 

 

November 2018

 

Throughout Autumn

Acorn Roundup. Oak regeneration - promoting new growth of our oak ecosystem - is a very important component of Project Quercus (R). Rather than relying on natural regeneration when acorns fall each autumn, TLC helps increase the number of trees that grow from each year's acorns through the Acorn Roundup. People from across McHenry County gather these future oaks each fall and bring them to TLC's office in Woodstock.

OAKtoberstroll in Central Illinois. Visit the public treekeepersite (use this site on mobile devices), click on the oak leaf icon titled “Oaktober Trees” and pick a route among all will highlight all 2644 public oak trees on Urbana City and Urbana Park District property. Be sure to check out the legacy oaks while you're there! Bur Oak - 301 Griggs St front yard between house and garage (historic category, considered a Big Grove remnant), Chestnut Oak – Across street from 205 NBuseyand adjacent to parking lot entrance of 711 W Main (size category 44.5” dbh), White Oak – just NW of LealPark Cottage inLealPark at 303 W University (size category 57” dbh), Bur Oak – just W of LealPark Cottage in LealPark (size category 57” dbh).

Restore the Canopy, Plant a TreeThe Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) launched this initiative in 2016, which empowers the residents of Cook County with an opportunity to restore our region’s tree canopy and reduce the chances of future flooding. The MWRD is partnering with municipalities, schools, local agencies, community groups and other organizations interested in planting 18-inch oak saplings throughout Cook County. The free saplings are available in individual pots or in bulk bags of 100 bare root saplings. Planting and care instructions, along with additional information regarding the benefits of trees, will be provided with each delivery. With advanced notice, the saplings can be picked up at MWRD facilities or delivered.

Backpacker's list of Illinois Trails. Find great hiking trails throughout Illinois to celebrate oaks on your own!

 

Parents and Educators--Read this fun children's story about oaks! Jake and the Magic Acorns was written by Chris Mest, ISA certified arborist and founder of Tree Guardians. Artwork by Kathi Quinn (picture above taken from the story). For more information about Tree Guardians and other Jake, the Junior Arborist stories please contact Chris at treeguardians@gmail.com. Tree Guardians information can be found here.

Free native oaks given to participants of The Conservation Foundation's Conservation@Home

Visit the Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles to check out their amazing white oak exhibit.

Follow Rhonda Ferree's tips for a pleasant OAKtober drive along Spoon River

 

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September 2017

 

September 16- Riverwoods Oaktember Fest. An Ecology Awareness Event. Riverwoods Village Hall from 12noon – 3pm.

 

September 16- Citizens for Conservation's "Acorns to Oaks." Attendees will learn why oak trees are such important natural resources. They can collect viable acorns and bring them to CFC for use in our ongoing germination project with the Barrington High School horticulture program. We will survey oaks already planted through the program,water and weed them for the winter, and possible plant a few more that were started last February. Come prepared for a walk on the trails (long pants and hiking shoes are suggested) and for a little digging. The class is open to students, elementary school through high school; parents are also welcome to attend. he class meets at CFC, 459 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington 1-3 p.m. CFC members are free; nonmember fee is $5 per child. Parents are welcome to attend for free. Registration forms are on our website; for additional information, call CFC at (847) 382-7283. 

 

September 30- National Public Lands Day at the Kane County Forest Preserve. Volunteers are needed to help us plant trees, collect seeds and clear brush at our National Public Lands Day event, Saturday, Sept. 30, at Dick Young Forest Preserve. The event is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This event is great for families, scouts, groups or individuals. Groups of less than 10 do not need to register. Groups of 10 or more, call 630-762-2741. Dick Young Forest Preserve, 10 a.m. sharp! (We'll plant until 1 p.m. or until we run out of trees, whichever comes first!)

 

 

October 2017

 

October 2- Working Together to Increase Oak Regeneration. The Chicago Wilderness Natural Resources Management Committee is hosting a Restoration Roundtable to bring together land managers and others working on oak ecosystem recovery to discuss oak regeneration and explore opportunities for more widespread collaboration and coordination on this issue. At Lake County Forest Preserves’ MacArthur Woods and Ryerson Conservation Area from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

October 3Working Together to Increase Oak Regeneration. A Restoration Roundtable hosted by the Chicago Wilderness Natural Resources Management Team & the Oak Ecosystem Recovery Working Group. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM At Lake County Forest Preserves’ MacArthur Woods and Ryerson Conservation Area

 

October 7- Inside the Collections: Oaks. In this walking tour of The Morton Arboretum’s Oak Collection, curator Matt Lobdell will share with you the incredible story of oaks and the vast genetic diversity that has enabled these trees to form the backbone of many North American forests. You will see some of the surprising forms that oaks can take in order to fill distinct niches in vastly different ecosystems. At the end of the walk, you’ll see oaks in a new way, and on your next foray into the forest or the landscape, you’ll greet this cast of characters with a deeper understanding of their long and storied journey. $25 members, $34 non-members
 
 
October 7- Witness Tree with Author Lynda Mapes. Join journalist Lynda Mapes at The Morton Arboretum as she recounts with joy and wonder her year in the Harvard Forest, uncovering an entire world within a single tree. Through Lynda’s vivid stories, you will experience the changing seasons as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, listening for each new bird call in spring, savoring the cadence of falling autumn leaves, and the glory of snow on a bare branch. Listen in on her conversations with experts to uncover our historical, cultural, and ecological connections to the trees around us. Discover with her an intimate understanding of climate change, and how our lives and communities are intertwined with the trees around us. Purchase a copy of Witness Tree at the event and have it signed by the author. $16 members, $20 non-members
 
 
October 7Leone Beach Park Nature Center Committee's OAKtober at Leone Beach Park. Join Alderman Moore and Ward 49 as they celebrate the importance of the mighty oak and its role in the lakeside dune. Arts and Crafts - Nature Scavenger Hunt - Walking Tours of Dunes and Local Trees - Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast, in partnership with Alderman Joe Moore, the Leone Park Nature Center Committee, and the Chicago Park District. 1-6 p.m. at Touhy Avenue at the Lake.
 
 
October 7- City of Evanston OAKtober Celebration. Help us make October Oak Awareness Month. Join us in the Ladd Arboretum for family-friendly oaktivities celebrating the mighty oak tree. OAKtober celebrations across the state will help spread awareness of the importance of oak ecosystems and the many benefits they provide our community. Evanston Ecology Center (2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston)
 
 
October 7- Natural Land Institute's “Basic Chainsaw Training Workshop”, will be led by Zach Grycan, Director of Stewardship. Grycan will teach the basic functions and operation of chainsaws and how to handle one safely. This workshop is open to anyone interested and can include volunteers from NLI, other land trusts, and land owners. Equipment will be provided. Cost is $35 per person. The instruction will take place at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton and after lunch (on your own) everyone will meet at Burr Oak Valley Preserve, 7405 Elevator Rd., in Roscoe, at 1:00 p.m. to practice what was learned. Register by calling the office at 815/964-6666 or by email: info@naturalland.org. 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
 
 
October 8- Harvest of the Acorn Moon. Come celebrate autumn's arrival with Kane County Forest Preserve District's annual Harvest of the Acorn Moon festival! We'll have naturalist-guided hikes, nature crafts — including the ever-popular pumpkin painting — games, folk music, and lots of fun for the whole family. The festival is free, but there is a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. See you at Oakhurst FP! Please note the date change. This event will be 10/8 (not 10/1, as originally noted in The TreeLine). Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1-4 p.m.
 
 
October 9- In celebration of Oaktober guest speaker Connor Shaw of Possibility Place Nursery will talk about "Using Oaks in the Landscape"  - meet at Fire Station II Training Room 2901 175th Street, 6:30 PM
 
 
 
October 14- West Chicago OAKtober event. Hosted by the West Chicago Park District, this event celebrates oaks and companion species. More details to come.

 

October 14- Conserve Lake County Tree Planting - Please help! We need volunteers to help plant, water and mulch 125 trees! We'll provide shovels, snacks and instruction, but feel free to bring your favorite work gloves and shovel if you'd like. We recommend wearing jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt and sturdy boots/shoes. Bring friends or family! If you're under 18, you must bring a signed copy of this permission slip. OAKtober is a great month to plant and celebrate native oaks! This project helps with a larger effort to restore healthy native ecosystems on former farm fields owned by Libertyville Township. Co-sponsored by Libertyville Township Open Space District, Conserve Lake County and Lake County Audubon. Special thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and Morton Arboretum for the funding for the trees! Saturdays, October 14 and 21 at Donnelley Prairies and Oaks, Libertyville. Look for signs on south side of Casey Road, just west of Almond Road, 9 AM - 1 PM . RSVP to dcederberg@libertyvilletownship.us.

 

October 15- Friends of the Crow Island Woods Fall Celebration. Guided tree walks will take place through the Crow Island Woods which is a unique Oak Savanna ecosystem and the lone remnant of pre-settlement Winnetka. Enjoy family-friendly nature activities.  Tour the wooded paths along with a trained naturalist.  Learn how to make your yard more sustainable.  Visit the Schmidt-Burnham Log House. 2-5pm in partnership with with BackYard Nature Center, Go Green Winnetka, and the Winnetka Historical Society. Flyer here.

 

October 15- Round Lake Area Park District Oaktober Celebration. The month of October is officially coined Oaktober in Illinois. Celebrate our state tree, the White Oak, and all oaks in and around our state. Includes crafts, activities and nature hikes. 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Round Lake Area Park District Aquatics Center 860 Hart Road, Round Lake, Event Cost: Free

 
 
October 21- Conserve Lake County Tree Planting - Please help! We need volunteers to help plant, water and mulch 125 trees! We'll provide shovels, snacks and instruction, but feel free to bring your favorite work gloves and shovel if you'd like. We recommend wearing jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt and sturdy boots/shoes. Bring friends or family! If you're under 18, you must bring a signed copy of this permission slip. OAKtober is a great month to plant and celebrate native oaks! This project helps with a larger effort to restore healthy native ecosystems on former farm fields owned by Libertyville Township. Co-sponsored by Libertyville Township Open Space District, Conserve Lake County and Lake County Audubon. Special thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and Morton Arboretum for the funding for the trees! Saturdays, October 14 and 21 at Donnelley Prairies and Oaks, Libertyville. Look for signs on south side of Casey Road, just west of Almond Road, 9 AM - 1 PM . RSVP to dcederberg@libertyvilletownship.us.
 
 
October 21- McHenry County Conservation District's OAKtober Planting Party- The Big Woods. Bring back the Big Woods of McHenry County! We have over 200 oak trees to plant in the heart of the Marengo Ridge woodland, and you can help! You and your family and friends can be part of history, as the District works to restore the oak ecosystems that once covered over a third of the county's land mass. Travel along a half-mile trail, stopping at stations where you can learn more about our keystone species, play an oak-themed game, or create a craft before arriving at the restoration zone. Stop in any time or come for the whole afternoon. Bring a picnic, purchase refreshments from a local food vendor or just hang out while enjoying some live music. Be a part of this historic savanna's fresh start! Marengo Ridge Picnic Grove at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area. Free and open to all ages.
 
 
October 21- Natural Land Institute's OAKtober Hike at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. Celebrate OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month with us. All ages will enjoy a FREE guided tour of Burr Oak Valley Preserve, a private natural area owned by Natural Land Institute. Zach Grycan, NLI’s Director of Stewardship and Ed Cope, Restoration Ecologist, will lead a hike through the rolling hills and oak savannas of this preserve and talk about the ongoing restoration work, general differences between red and white oak trees and their environmental benefits. 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Burr Oak Valley Preserve, Roscoe, Illinois Admission: Free
 
 
October 22- Hazel Crest Openlands' Annual Fall Tour. Please put us on your calendar to come and visit the colorful Hazel Crest Open Lands. We will meet at Holmes & Kaindl - If you are coming from out of town the easiest way is to get to Kedzie and 171st Street and go East (the only way you can go) to the end of 171st Street, park along the guardrail and walk through the opening in the guardrail. Hope to see you as we walk through park of the Open Lands looking at some of the 200 different trees that we have planted! 2 PM
 
 
October 28- Maine East High School Ecology Club & Go Green Park Ridge Host 1st Annual OAKtober. Join us to celebrate and collect data on one of the most important keystone species in our community. Maine East High School, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RSVP: tinyurl.com/oakblitz or gogreenparkridge.org
 
 
October 28- Conserve Lake County Tree Planting. Volunteers are needed to help plant, water and mulch 125 trees! Conserve Lake County will provide shovels, snacks and instruction. This project helps with a larger effort to restore healthy native ecosystems on former farm fields owned by Libertyville Township. Co-sponsored by Libertyville Township Open Space District, Conserve Lake County, and Lake County Audubon. Special thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and Morton Arboretum for the funding for the trees. Donnelley Prairies and Oaks, Libertyville, Look for signs on south side of Casey Road, just west of Almond Road, 9 AM - 1 PM, RSVPs suggested: dcederberg@libertyvilletownship.us.
 
 

 

November 2017

 

November 16- Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystem Priority Mapping Workshop. Calling all those involved in the restoration and preservation of our region's oak woodlands and savannas - we need your input! The Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystem Recovery Working Group is utilizing data on the region's remnant oak woodlands and savannas to map important opportunity areas for oak ecosystem recovery. The group seeks to identify large complexes of oak ecosystems, spanning public and private lands and including a range of land-use types. ese complexes will be comprised of higher quality cores, surrounding buffers and connectors between them. The goal is to facilitate a cohesive, landscape level approach to the management of our region's oak woodlands and savannas through partnerships with a range of landowners. More background on the project is available here - Oak Ecosystem Priority Mapping. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Working Group is completing a test run of this mapping process, using the remnant oak ecosystem data in Northeastern Illinois. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed criteria and mark up large maps of the draft results. There will be additional workshops in the future as remnant oak mapping is completed for other areas. Please RSVP to Chris Mulvaney at mulvaney.christopher@gmail.com. 10:00am-12:00pm at The Morton Arboretum

 

 

 

 

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To have your OAKtober event listed here, contact Melissa at mcustic@mortonarb.org.

 

 

List of OAKtober 2016 events

 

September 2016

Throughout 201640 Years: 40 OaksUniversity of Illinois Extension Plant Clinic is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year with a program called 40 Years: 40 Oaks. The program will teach people how to scout for plant pests, encourage people to interact with nature, emphasize the importance of trees to our communities, and provide some information about oaks across the state to the Plant Clinic.

September 24- Pick up for West Cook Wild Ones’and Green Community ConnectionsFall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. It will be by pre-order only, openAugust 5throughSeptember 17.

September 25Oak Tree Sapling Give-Away from University of Illinois Extension in Beverly. Pickup from 9am-12pm at the 95th Street Farmers Market, 9500 S. Longwood Drive (Metra parking lot), Chicago
Pre-register to request up to 4 saplings.

September 29-October 1- Illinois Forestry Association. Oak Restoration Conference. At this 11th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Forestry Association and the Fall Meeting of the IL Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, you'll learn what it takes to grow and sustain healthy and productive oak-hickory forests in Illinois. SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center (near Makanda, IL)

September 30- October 1-Conserve Lake County. Native tree and shrub sale. Orders must be placed online by Saturday, September 24th, 2016. Pick up orders at their offices at Almond Marsh at 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake onFriday, September 30 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9 a.m. to Noon.

September 29, October 6, and October 8ID and Ecology of Woodland Trees (Online and In-person). Learn to identify the trees you see every day in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region as you enjoy their brilliant fall colors. Explore the ecology of the various tree species and find out why they grow in each habitat. The Morton Arboretum, $55 members, $64 nonmembers

 

October 2016

Throughout 201640 Years: 40 OaksUniversity of Illinois Extension Plant Clinic is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year with a program called 40 Years: 40 Oaks. The program will teach people how to scout for plant pests, encourage people to interact with nature, emphasize the importance of trees to our communities, and provide some information about oaks across the state to the Plant Clinic.

October 1Harvest Fest at Fishel Park in Downers Grove. Downers Grove Park District will have a table with information and free oak trees, courtesy of Possibility Place Nursery in Monee.

October 2- Harvest of the Acorn Moon. Celebrate the harvest season at the Forest Preserve District of Kane County's fall festival! There will be nature crafts, pumpkin painting, outdoor games, folk music, and harvest-themed refreshments. All ages are welcome to this free family festival! 1 p.m. at 1680 Fifth Ave. in Aurora.

October 2Fall Color Hike at Ryerson Woods. The Lake County Forest Preserve District invites you to celebrate OAKtober and learn why leaves change color and how critters adapt to the coming cold weather on this oak woodland hike. 11 am to 12 pm
 
October 1 and 2- OAKtober Weekend in the Woods for Pritzker College Prep. Students will spend a weekend with Sierra Club's Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) and Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. They will begin with a hike at Harrison-Benwell Preserve in McHenry County where the teens will use a key to help them ID different oak leaves, acorns and bark, then they will join Openlands volunteers at Twin Creeks, a conservation community adjacent to Hackmatack NWR, to plant bur oaks donated by Great Old Broads for Wilderness and Glacial Oaks Nursery, and end by spending a couple of hours clearing invasive brush from under the oaks in the park with Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park.

October 6- Our Essential Oaks, class at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Come celebrate OAKtober by discussing the keystone role oaks play in the Chicago Region with instructor Kim Blaszczak. This class examines the influence oaks have on the flora and fauna in our woodland and savanna habitats.  We will also touch on the management activities necessary to preserve oak-dominated ecosystems.  Lastly, we focus on current restoration projects at the Forest Preserves of Cook County that will help ensure that our majestic oaks can be enjoyed for generations to come! Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Sand Ridge Nature Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 8Citizen Science Bird Monitoring seminar with the Natural Land Institute. Learn how to record the birds you see at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Illinois on the eBird app. Bird observations are valuable and this will be a great way to have a direct impact on the management of this wildlife habitat. Oak trees are the dominant tree species at Nygren Wetland and provide the perfect habitat for many types of birds, as well as mammals and insects. The seminar will be led by Ed Cope, Natural Land Institute’s Restoration Ecologist. A classroom session will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Talcott Free Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton, Ill., followed by a field trip at 1:00 p.m. to Nygren Wetland Preserve. 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, Ill. To register for this FREE seminar call 815/964-6666 or email: info@naturalland.org.

October 8- Oak Awareness Day. To celebrate “Oaktober”, the University of Illinois Extension, along with KVFPD will be planting an oak tree at Shannon Bayou. Steve Worth of Kankakee Nursery will discuss the proper way to plant a tree in the fall. Master Gardeners will facilitate an oak activity that can be taken home and planted later. Come out to Shannon Bayou to enjoy this FREE event and Celebrate “Oaktober”. 10:00 a.m. at Shannon Bayou (3301 Waldron Rd, Aroma Park, IL 60910) in the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District

October 8- Barrington Area Conservation Trust. OAKtoberFest. Winners of the oak photo contest will be announced. Contest categories include tree size, classic beauty,and personal story.

October 8Fall Tree Walk at The Morton Arboretum, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., $16 members, $25 nonmembers

October 8- Kane County Big Tree Tours.Join a guided hike to see some of the biggest trees in Kane County. On each tour in this series, you will visit the sites of some of Kane County's local champions in the Kane County Big Tree Program. You’ll see huge oak trees, fine specimens of old hickory and elm trees – and some surprising species of trees as well! During the walk, they’ll do a little tree identification and show you how trees are measured in the Big Tree Program. Join them on one or all of these walks. RSVP to BrittanyKovachatkovachbrittany@kaneforest.com. 10 a.m. at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve (5S660Rd., Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554)

October 8- Oaktober Shop N Share at Wasco Nursery. Wasco Nursery is generously offering a 10% discount to you and a 10% donation to The Conservation Foundation if you present this coupon at the time of your purchase on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.  They have a nice selection of native plants and are wonderful supporters of the Foundation's Conservation@Home programs! Wasco Nursery 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles

October 9- Oaktober Shop N Share at Wasco Nursery. Wasco Nursery is generously offering a 10% discount to you and a 10% donation to The Conservation Foundation if you present this coupon at the time of your purchase on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.  They have a nice selection of native plants and are wonderful supporters of the Foundation's Conservation@Home programs! Wasco Nursery 41W781 Route 64, St. Charles

October 12- The incredible, edible…OAK! at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sure, you may have seen squirrels running around with acorns in their mouths, but did you know people have been using acorns as a food source for millennia?  Acorns are not the only part of the oak that have been traditionally useful to people either.  Oak leaves, bark, and roots have been vital to treat a variety of ailments from dysentery to tuberculosis.  Wood from this species has been historically renowned for building sturdy structures and aging a variety of alcohol.  In this tribute to all the benefits of oaks, we will learn about their medicinal properties and sample some of the culinary treats they offer. Instructors Kim Blaszczak & Lindsay Ivanyi. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Trailside Museum from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov.

October 12- Come celebrate Oaktober and help Beverly residents plant trees in their neighborhood parkways. Beverly, Chicago IL 9am - 1pm Register here

October 12--Kane County Big Tree Tours.Join a guided hike to see some of the biggest trees in Kane County. On each tour in this series, you will visit the sites of some of Kane County's local champions in the Kane County Big Tree Program. You’llsee huge oak trees, fine specimens of old hickory and elm trees – and some surprising species of trees as well! During the walk, they’ll do a little tree identification and show you how trees are measured in the Big Tree Program. Join them on one or all of these walks. RSVP to Brittany Kovachat kovachbrittany@kaneforest.com. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at HannafordWoods Forest Preserve ( 5S002Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554)

October 13- Our Essential Oaks, class at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Come celebrate OAKtober by discussing the keystone role oaks play in the Chicago Region with instructor Kim Blaszczak. This class examines the influence oaks have on the flora and fauna in our woodland and savanna habitats. They will also touch on the management activities necessary to preserve oak-dominated ecosystems.  Lastly, they focus on current restoration projects at the Forest Preserves of Cook County that will help ensure that our majestic oaks can be enjoyed for generations to come! Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Trailside Museum Room from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 15- Dig in and work with the people of East Albany Park to plant over 20 new parkway trees. Afterwards check out the area’s many city parks and natural areas for some great fall color! Albany Park, Chicago IL 9am - 1pm Register here

October 15- Downers Grove Park District will be hosting a tree planting with bur oak and swamp white oak trees at Lyman Woods with Possibility Place, which also donated the trees, and Downers Grove Park District restoration volunteers. For more information or to register for an upcoming volunteer workday, please visit dgparks.org/get-involved/volunteer/ or contact Melanie Smith at msmith@dgparks.org.

October 15- Marengo Ridge OAKtober tree planting with the McHenry County Conservation District. You and your family and friends can be part of history, as the District works to restore the oak ecosystems that once covered over a third of the county’s land mass. Travel along a half-mile trail, stopping at stations where you can learn more about our keystone species, play an oak-themed game, or create a craft before arriving at the restoration zone. Update: McHenry County Conservation District and area Boy Scouts planted more than 50 oaks at Marengo Ridge. 

October 15Fall Tree Walk at The Morton Arboretum, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., $16 members, $25 nonmembers

October 18- Our Essential Oaks, class at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Come celebrate OAKtober by discussing the keystone role oaks play in the Chicago Region with instructor Kim Blaszczak. This class examines the influence oaks have on the flora and fauna in our woodland and savanna habitats.  We will also touch on the management activities necessary to preserve oak-dominated ecosystems.  Lastly, we focus on current restoration projects at the Forest Preserves of Cook County that will help ensure that our majestic oaks can be enjoyed for generations to come! Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. River Trail Nature Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 18"Healthy Forests on the Edge"- An Oak Forest Restoration session organized by the Illinois Forestry Association at the Illinois Arborist Association's annual conference.

October 19- Hop on the Red Line ‘L’ and help Buena Park residents plant new trees in their neighborhood park. Buena Park, Chicago IL 9am - 1pm Register here

October 20- The incredible, edible…OAK! at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sure, you may have seen squirrels running around with acorns in their mouths, but did you know people have been using acorns as a food source for millennia?  Acorns are not the only part of the oak that have been traditionally useful to people either. Oak leaves, bark, and roots have been vital to treat a variety of ailments from dysentery to tuberculosis.  Wood from this species has been historically renowned for building sturdy structures and aging a variety of alcohol.  In this tribute to all the benefits of oaks, we will learn about their medicinal properties and sample some of the culinary treats they offer. Instructors Kim Blaszczak & Lindsay Ivanyi. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Little Red Schoolhouse from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov.

October 22-Kane County Big Tree Tours.Join a guided hike to see some of the biggest trees in Kane County. On each tour in this series, you will visit the sites of some of Kane County's local champions in the Kane County Big Tree Program. You’ll see huge oak trees, fine specimens of old hickory and elm trees – and some surprising species of trees as well! During the walk, they’ll do a little tree identification and show you how trees are measured in the Big Tree Program. Join them on one or all of these walks. RSVP to Brittany Kovachat kovachbrittany@kaneforest.com. 10 a.m. at 1644 S. River St., Batavia, Illinois 60510.

October 22OAKtober Hike- FREE guided tour of Burr Oak Valley Preserve, a private natural area owned by Natural Land Institute in Roscoe, Illinois. NLI’s Director of Stewardship Zach Grycan, and Restoration Ecologist Ed Cope, will lead the hike through the rolling hills and oak savannas of Burr Oak Valley Preserve and talk about the ongoing restoration work, general differences between red and white oak trees and their environmental benefits. 1:30 p.m. Call 815/964-6666 or email info@naturalland.org to RSVP.

October 23Fall Tree Walk at The Morton Arboretum, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., $16 members, $25 nonmembers

October 23Oak Tree Sapling Give-Away from University of Illinois Extension in the 19th ward in Chicago. More details to come.

October 23 - Hazel Crest Open Lands Commission annual Fall Tour. Join us and bring the kids!! Walking Tour will last about an hour as we observe the Fall Colors and learn a little bit about a portion of the 53 acre Hazel Crest Open Lands. From I-80 and Kedzie Avenue go south to 171st street (2 blocks), head east - the only way you can go, then go to end of 171st and Park at the guardrail and Walk through the guardrail. Tour begins at 2 P.M. at Kaindl & Holmes

October 25CRTI Community Tree Network, Topic: Tree Planting for Expertsat McMahon Woods in Palos Hills for higher level arborists, landscape contractors, and the folks who write planting specs. free 

October 29- OAKtober Tree Planting. The Village of Dolton, with assistance from The Morton Arboretum and several volunteers, planted 90 oak seedlings. The seedlings were donated by MWRD over the summer and nursed along by public works staff until planting time. All trees were planted, mulched and watered to increase tree canopy for Dolton. Pictures here.

October 30Fall Tree Walk at The Morton Arboretum, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., $16 members, $25 nonmembers

 

November 2016

Throughout 201640 Years: 40 OaksUniversity of Illinois Extension Plant Clinic is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year with a program called 40 Years: 40 Oaks. The program will teach people how to scout for plant pests, encourage people to interact with nature, emphasize the importance of trees to our communities, and provide some information about oaks across the state to the Plant Clinic.

November 5Habitat 2030's Busse Woods Buckthorn Beatdown. The first buckthorn clearing event of the season at  Busse Woods, one of the biggest and most biologically diverse sites in Cook county.

November 12- Hands-on plant identification workshop at Starhill Forest Arboretum. Observe all 21 native oak species and numerous hybrids in the collection, learn about their associated habitats and range, and identify some of the major pest and disease problems facing oaks today. 10:00-2:00 – Workshop and tour of Starhill Forest Arboretum oaks (and other species) - includes time for a lunch break on site. Starhill Forest Arboretum (12000 Boy Scout Trl, Petersburg, Illinois 62675). To Register or for more information contact:Connie Carroll-Cunningham (conniejcunningham@gmail.com, 217-516-1792)

November 27- Monthly "Oak Rescue" at Sterne's Woods & Fen State Nature Preserve. They meet on the fourth Sunday of every month from 9-11 AM at the Sterne's outdoor pavilion 5617 Hillside Dr. Volunteers will have a chance to learn about restoration ecology and what makes Sterne's special. Bring a waterbottle and a pair of work gloves. Tools and treats will be provided. Email Brice Alt, volunteer site steward, to receive updates: bricemaieralt@hotmail.com

 

 

 

List of OAKtober 2015 events

September 2015

Throughout SeptemberAcorn Roundup. Oak regeneration - promoting new growth of our oak ecosystem - is a very important component of Project Quercus(R). Rather than relying on natural regeneration when acorns fall each autumn, TLC helps increase the number of trees that grow from each year's acorns through the Acorn Roundup. People from across McHenry County gather these future oaks each fall and bring them to TLC's office in Woodstock.

McHenry County Conservation District September podcast- available as download soon. Oaktoberfest! The joy of majestic oaks in our woodlands and the efforts being taken to protect them. Guests: Ed Collins Director of Natural Resources, Brad Woodson Natural Resource Manager Huntley Community Radio 101.5 FM

September 12- North Park Tree Planting Day with Openlands. Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meet at 3850 Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, 60659. Register here

September 12Ecological Restoration at Oak Openings. Volunteer outdoors from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in this collaborative effort of Conserve Lake County and Libertyville Township to steward Oak Openings, which is part of the Liberty Prairie Reserve.  Contact Greg Rajsky (grajsky@conservelakecounty.org or 847.548.5989 x30) to request your email be added to the volunteer ecological restoration workday list. Free

September 13- Pick Up for The Conservation Foundation's Native Tree and Shrub Sale at the McDonald Farm Fall Festival. 11am to 4pm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

September 19- Pick up for Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale

September 20- History of Oaks in Northern Illinois led by Lindsay Darling of The Morton Arboretum. Learn why oaks are critical to healthy woodlands and what makes them a “keystone” species. Many animals, insects and plants depend on oaks for food, nesting sites, and regeneration. Explore the history of the pre-settlement oak/hickory woodlands, how the land was formed by glaciers and altered by human activity. Please dress to for the weather and wear shoes for walking on and off of trails. Certificate information: Naturalist Certificate and WSP Elective (3 hours). Course number: N150. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Thornhill Education Center, $25.00 members, $34.00 nonmembers

September 26- Hyde Park Tree Planting Day with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meet at E. 54th and S. Shore Dr., Chicago, 60615. Register here

September 26- The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is calling for volunteers of all ages to help plant trees at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve as part of National Public Lands Day. Tree planting begins at 10 a.m. sharp, and will last until all 150 oaks are planted (or 1 p.m. — whichever comes first). Please bring work gloves if you prefer. Holes are pre-dug and will have a tree in them. We’ll need volunteers to tamp down dirt, water and mulch. It’s easy!  There are also opportunities to help with brush cutting and seed harvesting. This is a great event for families, scouts, groups or individuals. Groups of 10 or more, please contact the Forest Preserve District’s volunteer coordinator at 630-762-2741 or e-mail CleaveRobb@kaneforest.com to register. Groups of less than 10 do not need to register in advance. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve is located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

October 2015

Throughout OctoberOak Tour of Evanston by Bicycle. This bike route was created to highlight a few of the native oak trees we have in Evanston for Oaktober 2015. It starts at Cornelia Lunt Park and ends at Perkins Woods.

Throughout OctoberAcorn Roundup. Oak regeneration - promoting new growth of our oak ecosystem - is a very important component of Project Quercus(R). Rather than relying on natural regeneration when acorns fall each autumn, TLC helps increase the number of trees that grow from each year's acorns through the Acorn Roundup. People from across McHenry County gather these future oaks each fall and bring them to TLC's office in Woodstock.

Throughout October- Looking for a perfect OAKtober stroll in Central Illinois? Visit the public treekeeper site (use this site on mobile devices), click on the oak leaf icon titled “Oaktober Trees” and pick a route among all will highlight all 2644 public oak trees on Urbana City and Urbana Park District property.  Be sure to check out the legacy oaks while you're there! Bur Oak - 301 Griggs St front yard between house and garage (historic category, considered a Big Grove remnant), Chestnut Oak – Across street from 205 N Busey and adjacent to parking lot entrance of 711 W Main (size category 44.5” dbh), White Oak –  just NW of Leal Park Cottage in Leal Park at 303 W University (size category 57” dbh), Bur Oak – just W of Leal Park Cottage in Leal Park (size category 57” dbh).

Throughout October An October Fall-Color Tree Walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Throughout October- Oaktober, an October oak tree-themed show, including paintings, photographs and fiber quilted wall hangings. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week at Giant City State Park Visitor Center, 235 Giant City Road, Makanda through October 31st. Contact: 618-457-4836 for more details.

October 1- Senior Stroll: Oak Ecology at Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Elburn Forest Preserve. 10 a.m. to noon. Free.

October 1- Speaking of Nature radio program. 6pm. Listen on 101.3 FM or go to http://www.harvardcommunityradio.com/. The Nature Conservancy of McHenry County Will be discussing OAKtober month and oaks.

October 3-4- Pick up for Conserve Lake County's Native Tree and Shrub Sale

October 3- Conserve Lake County Oaktober Celebration. This is a Conservation@Home and Volunteer appreciation celebration in Grayslake for those who have volunteered this year and/or for those who received a Conservation@Home visit since the program's inception. The event is free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so please contact Greg Rajsky or Mary Fortmann to register. 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

October 3- WHITE OAK SAPLING PLANTING at University of Illinois in Chicago. Did you know that UIC is an official Tree Campus USA with almost 5,400 trees and 101 different tree species? UIC’s Parking Services recently made the commitment to invest in UIC’s inventory and health assessment of trees.  This assessment provides UIC with long term care recommendations so our campus’ tree canopy and the investment therein remains in optimal health. We will be planting 100 Oak saplings donated by Bartlett Tree Care beginning at 7am. Stop by before 10am and see tree planting in action! Dress for mess and you can even help plant the saplings to increase UIC’s tree biodiversity! 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

October 3OAKtober information booth at the Glenview Farmers Market

October 3- “Morning Bird Hike.” Walk in an oak woodland to view migrant birds as well as winter resident birds that use oaks for shelter and as a food source by feeding on acorns or the insects that live in and on the trees. Birds that may be spotted include: the American tree sparrow; downy, hairy, red-bellied, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers; white-breasted nuthatch; tufted titmouse; and black-capped chickadee. The program will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Free. The program is for ages 17 and older. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216.

October 3- “Geocaching for the Ages.” Learn how to geocache and then test your new skills by locating the oldest oak trees in Isle a la Cache forest preserve.  In the process, you’ll figure out the oaks’ ages and the history they’ve endured. Participants will be able to use a geocaching app on their smart phones or on one of the limited number of handheld GPS units available for loan. The program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Free. Registration is required; call 815-886-1467.

October 4- Harvest of the Acorn Moon at Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. 1-4 p.m. Free, nominal cost for crafts and refreshments.

October 4- Tree Walk in Perkins Woods, led by Evanston TreeKeepers and the Ladd Arboretum Committee through a remnant of a formerly vast oak-hickory-elm-basswood-green ash forest. Meet at Bennett and Grant. Sunday, 2:00-3:30 pm

October 6- Oaks Uncorked at The Morton Arboretum. Savor the botanical elements of wine with your friends at The Morton Arboretum as you join tree conservation specialist Murphy Westwood, PhD, and listen to fascinating stories about our iconic oak trees. Sample a selection of oak-aged wines as you discover the important roles these magnificent trees have played in history, culture, conservation, and in the landscape over time. Ages 21+. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

October 7- Guided Oak Hike along Rim Rock Trail. Join Beth Shimp and Shannon Sharp, both Forest Botanists with the Shawnee National Forest, as they interpret the many oak species of southern Illinois. Participants will learn about the life cycle of this beautiful tree species and its importance within the natural ecosystem. Interested participates should meet at the Rim Rock Trail parking lot at 2:00pm. The hike does involve some steps and steep inclines and will last about 2 hours. No pre-registration is required but it's recommended that participants wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and bring comfort items such as water, snacks, binoculars and a camera.  For more information contact the Shawnee National Forest headquarters at 618-253-7114 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee.  

October 7- Green Drinks McHenry County. TopicOAKtober, speaker: Jim Anderson of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Jim will provide an overview of efforts to protect oak ecosystems (the historically dominant Illinois forests) in NE Illinois including the Chicago Wilderness Regional Oak Ecosystem Recover Plan, Oak Awareness Month, the Chicago Regional Tree Initiative and additional efforts by Lake Co Forest Preserve (and others) to restore oak ecosystems. On the first Wednesday of each month, environmentally-minded people gather upstairs at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen to network and talk about “greening” the future. To be added to the Green Drinks email list, send a note to: GreenDrinksMC@gmail.com or “like” the group on Facebook.

October 8- Hail the Mighty Oak: Celebrate “Oaktoberfest." Few trees capture the imagination as much as the mighty oak. Learn the history of oaks in our region, ways they improve our natural areas and our town, and why oak trees need our help. Did you know that many Native American tribes considered the oak a medicine tree and that the oak still influences many contemporary cultures? In recognition of the newly designated month of "Oaktober," join Robyn Flakne, Natural Resources Manager for the Village of Glenview, for an "oakcellent" evening honoring these special trees. Register here, by telephone at 847-729-7500 x7600 or at the Reader Services Desk. 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM at Glenview Public Library in the Community Room

October 8 through October 17- Intro to Natural Areas Management at The Morton Arboretum. Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats. Remnant natural areas act as genetic banks for plant, animal, and insect diversity. Join us as we visit a variety of managed ecosystems to discuss current conservation challenges and strategies with site managers and volunteer stewards. October 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 11, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

October 9- Openlands Tree ID Walks in Garfield Park

October 10- Glenview OAKtoberfest. An announcement will be made about seven new trees being added to the Village of Glenview Roster of “Heritage Trees”. The homeowners will receive certificates . The next opportunity to recommend heritage trees to be added to this roster will be announced on Arbor Day in 2016.

October 10- Restoration of Oak Woodlands in Kane County – Oak woodlands are disappearing throughout the Midwest. The reasons for the decline are many, and the challenges in restoration are great. In this class for adults, Ben Haberthur, Restoration Ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, will provide an overview of the ecology of oak woodlands and describe the management projects underway in the effort to restore these important plant communities. After an indoor introduction, we will head out on the trail to see different species of oaks. This class is part of the “Learn from the Experts” series of adult ecology classes, co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles Park District, and the Geneva Park District. Saturday, October 10, 9 – 11 a.m., Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles. There is a $10 fee, payable at the door. Registration required. Please call (630)444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

October 10- Ravenswood Manor Tree Planting Day with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meet at Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor Ave, Chicago, 60625. Register here

October 10Ecological Restoration at Oak Openings. Volunteer outdoors from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in this collaborative effort of Conserve Lake County and Libertyville Township to steward Oak Openings, which is part of the Liberty Prairie Reserve.  Contact Greg Rajsky (grajsky@conservelakecounty.org or 847.548.5989 x30) to request your email be added to the volunteer ecological restoration workday list. Free

October 13- Native Oaks in the Chicago Region, presented by Kim Blaszczak of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. ISA 2 CEUs for first time attendees. This program will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the General Headquarter’s Museum Room. 536 N. Harlem Ave, River Forest, IL 60305). Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 14- From Acorn to Oak – This program is for homeschool groups and is part of our monthly “Homeschool Explorations” series. In “Oaktober” we will focus on the theme of oak regeneration – or, making new oak trees from old ones.  Naturalists will lead the group on a hike, with educational activities along the trail. Meet under the big oaks by the shelter, on the west side of the preserve. All ages are welcome, but the activities are designed for ages 5 – 10. Wednesday, October 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Elburn Forest Preserve, 45W061 Route 38, Maple Park. Fee: $2/person. Registration required. Please call (630)444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

October 14- “Nature Play Day.” Children who participate in this program will learn all about oak trees and acorns. Activities are designed for ages 3-5, but younger children are welcome. Ages 1-5 must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Free. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216.

October 14- Tree Walk: Midwest Collection. Explore The Morton Arboretum's collection of trees native to the Midwest. Learn more about the  assemblage of noteworthy trees and shrubs: from pin oak (Quercus palustris), to black tupelo or black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), to Kentucky viburnum or arrowwood (Viburnum molle). Look for great fall colors of scarlet and purple and spy wildlife feeding on black-blue fruit during our outdoor hike. 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, Parking Lot 8, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532, $8 members, $10 nonmembers. For more information or to register: mortonarb.org/courses/tree-walk-midwest-collection, call 630-719-2468 (M-F, 9 am - 4 pm), or email Registrar-ed@mortonarb.org.

October 14- "Land Management," led by Kristin Pink of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Forest Preserves are dependent on humans for their protection and survival, but the cost of restoring them can be significant.  If resources are limited, how do we decide where to manage?  In this class, we'll examine the challenges and strategies of land managers working to maximize the preservation our natural heritage. The class will be submitted to ISA for 2 CEUs. This program will be held at the Trailside Museum from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 15- "Land Management," led by Kristin Pink of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Forest Preserves are dependent on humans for their protection and survival, but the cost of restoring them can be significant.  If resources are limited, how do we decide where to manage?  In this class, we'll examine the challenges and strategies of land managers working to maximize the preservation our natural heritage. The class will be submitted to ISA for 2 CEUs. This program will be held at the Little Red School House from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 16- "Land Management," led by Kristin Pink of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Forest Preserves are dependent on humans for their protection and survival, but the cost of restoring them can be significant.  If resources are limited, how do we decide where to manage?  In this class, we'll examine the challenges and strategies of land managers working to maximize the preservation our natural heritage. The class will be submitted to ISA for 2 CEUs. This program will be held at the Crabtree Nature Center from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov

October 17- Holiday, Memorial and Celebration Oaks from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County. Remember a Loved One or a Special Occasion With an Oak this Fall 2015. Just imagine, an oak that is planted today will still be growing 100 years from now. The oak will provide beauty to our community, clean air for untold numbers of people, shade on thousands of hot summer days and precious habitat for generations of wildlife. For just $50, you can plant an oak in memory of one who has passed, or in recognition of a holiday or special occasion, and know that the individual recognized will live on forever through the tree. We will send you a beautiful, personalized card that you can present to your friend or loved one along with a map indicating the location of the tree. The Fall "Oaktober" 2015 planting will be October 17th at McConnell Road park, Woodstock, IL. You, the gift recipient, friends and family are invited to participate!  Place your memorial tree order here or by calling the TLC office, 815/337-9502. 

October 17- Citizens for Conservation Acorn Roundup at the Cuba Township Fall Festival. The festival will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Cuba Township Office, 28000 Cuba Road, Barrington. 

October 17- Eagle Scouts in Glenview will be planting 75 trees, including oaks, at Community Park West.

October 17- The Natural Land Institute will host its OAKtober Hike from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Burr Oak Valley Preserve off Elevator Road just east of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 7404 Elevator Road. Zach Grycan and Ed Cope will lead the hike and talk about ongoing restoration work and differences between red and white oak trees, their environmental benefits, soil fungi associations and the carbon sequestration they provide. Registration requested: 815-964-6666.

October 17- Land Conservancy of McHenry County Native Oak Sale. Order your oaks today for pick up at 4622 Dean Street, Woodstock, on October 16, from 9-4, or October 17, from 10-noon. All the oaks that TLC sells are container-grown from locally collected acorns by Glacier Oaks Nursery in Harvard.

October 17- "100 Oaks for 100 Years" Celebrate the strength and stature of our majestic oaks and their importance throughout McHenry County and the Chicagoland region! Rebuild an oak ecosystem as part of the Regional Oak Recovery Plan, made possible by a ComEd Green Region grant. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join in on our OAKtober planting party! Drop in or stay the afternoon! Help plant hundreds of oak trees and their ecosystem companion plants.Make an oak-themed craft or play oak-related games. Enjoy live traditional bluegrass music by Truman’s Ridge. Be amongst the oaks of Glacial Park on a guided hike. Get tips on how to care for your oaks at home and watch tree climbing demonstrations by professional arborists from Davey Tree Service. Purchase young, locally-grown oaks for sale by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and learn about their Oak Keepers volunteer program. Listen to stories of oaks. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food from a local vendor. Saturday, October 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m. at Lost Valley Visitor Center—Glacial Park. FREE, no registration required.

October 17- Mighty Oaks of Kane County – All ages are welcome on this family-friendly hike. During this guided walk, you’ll get “up close and personal” with some of our venerable oaks and learn how to identify different species. You’ll also find out what the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is doing to restore oak woodlands – and how you can help! Saturday, October 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Dick Young Forest Preserve, 31W115 Main Street, Batavia. To register for this free program, call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

October 17- Native Tree Sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Forest Open Lands’ Conservation Campus, 350 N. Waukegan Road.

October 17- OAKday at the Ecology Center in Evanston. 9 am - 12 noon. Drop-in programs, a tree walk, and an oak tree planting. 2024 McCormick Blvd. Free parking. All ages, Free.

October 17- Bird Song: A Community Celebration marking the dedication of the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, where native bur oaks will help to anchor a newly planted habitat. Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary on Evanston's lakefront. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

October 17- Lake Forest Openlands OAKtober Family Hike. Join Elle Lucadamo, Environmental Education Fellow, to celebrate the magnificent Oak Tree this October (OAK-tober)! We will journey through Middlefork Savanna and explore the many ways in which plants and animals rely on this majestic tree. Meet at the entrance with the kiosk on Middlefork Drive across from McGlinnin Ct. Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Suggested for families. Parents free! Members: $10/child, Non-members: $15/child 

October 17- Tree Walk: Midwest Collection. Explore The Morton Arboretum's collection of trees native to the Midwest. Learn more about the  assemblage of noteworthy trees and shrubs: from pin oak (Quercus palustris), to black tupelo or black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), to Kentucky viburnum or arrowwood (Viburnum molle). Look for great fall colors of scarlet and purple and spy wildlife feeding on black-blue fruit during our outdoor hike. 1:00-2:00 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, Parking Lot 8, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532, $8 members, $10 nonmembers. For more information or to register: mortonarb.org/courses/tree-walk-midwest-collection, call 630-719-2468 (M-F, 9 am - 4 pm), or email Registrar-ed@mortonarb.org.

October 17- 19th Ward Tree Planting with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meeting location: TBD. Register here

October 17- Wasco Nursery & Garden Center OAKtober Celebration. Learn about the importance and value of the majestic oaks in our communities and in our own yards. OAKtober 2015 will feature expert speakers, educational opportunities, and engaging activities. Visit the Conservation Fair consisting of local organizations providing information and encouraging involvement. Participate in various programs, presentations, and activities throughout the day. 

October 17- Natural Resource Management Workdays. Two Forest Preserve District of Will County volunteer workdays in October will focus on controlling invasive species in the understory of oak groves. The workdays will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Kankakee Sands Preserve – Shenk Grove in Braidwood and on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Keepataw Preserve in Lemont. To volunteer for these workdays, call 815-722-7364 or email rgauchat@fpdwc.org.

October 18- Off-Trail Nature Explorations: Explore the Woodlands at The Morton Arboretum. Discover strategies and tools for observing and enjoying nature, including oaks, in the woodlands and prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Explore soil, plant litter, and logs. Identify the birds and mammals that live there and why they continue to thrive. Learn techniques to observe plants and animals, and test them out during field exploration on the Arboretum grounds. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

October 18- Saving Trees from Extinction: 8th International Oak Society Conference Keynote Address. Sara Oldfield, co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group and former secretary general of BGCI. Welcome Reception 6:00-7:00 p.m., Keynote 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hyatt Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, Illinois 60532. Open to the public. $20 Registration. For more information or to register, click mortonarb.org/ios2015, call 630-719-2468 (M-F, 9 am - 4 pm), or email Registrar-ed@mortonarb.org

October 18- The Lake County Forest Preserve District is pleased to be hosting the 2015 Ethel Untermyer Conservation Forum: Celebrating Oaks in OAKtober.  Lydia Scott of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative will be a presenter, along with Drew Hart of the US Forest Service and Debbie Maurer of the Lake County Forest Preserves.  Each will speak to the current status of oaks in our region and how our organizations are working to preserve and restore this keystone species. The event is from 1:30pm to 3pm at the Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center at Ryerson Woods Conservation Area in Riverwoods. Registration is free, but space is limited.

October 18 through 21, 2015- 8th International Oak Society Conference. Experts on the science, lore, and conservation of oaks will come from around the world to speak when the International Oak Society holds its triennial conference at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. The full schedule and registration are now available at mortonarb.org/ios2015. The lineup includes experts from France, the United Kingdom, China, Mexico, and the United States presenting research results and other information for those who study, care for and appreciate these beautiful and significant trees. More than 400 species of oaks play a crucial role in ecosystems around the globe. Only a few seats remain - register today! For more information or to register, call 630-719-2468 (M-F, 9 am - 4 pm), or email Registrar-ed@mortonarb.org

October 19-21- Illinois Arborist Association ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW. Sessions on OAK FOREST RESTORATION ALONG THE RURAL-URBAN INTERFACE SESSION from 1:00 to 3:00 on October 21. 11-13 CEUs for full IAA conference.

October 20- SAVVY GARDEN, SAVVY LAWN: AN INTRODUCTION TO ECO-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING. Landscaping practices of the past are undergoing a major transition, with thousands of Americans now incorporating earth-friendly approaches into beautiful yards, business properties and other landscapes. Learn how property owners in Lake County are celebrating and protecting their local natural heritage while increasing the value of their properties and investing in cost-saving elements. Simple ways to participate will be highlighted and certification criteria for the region’s popular Conservation@Home program will be shared. Key concepts include native plants, invasive species, stormwater management and lawn care. 7:00 - 8:45 p.m at the Fremont Public Library.

October 21- Tree Walk: Trees of the Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Learn how oaks, walnuts, maples and dogwoods survive and thrive on the forest edge of the prairie at The Morton Arboretum. 3:00-4:00 p.m.

October 22- The village of Riverside will be planting and tagging a Black Oak tree to celebrate OAKtober and also as a kick off for their Arboretum designation with Arb.net in the community. The tree was generously donated by a local resident. 4:30pm in Guthrie Park

October 22-  Kane County Forest Preserves' Nature Tykes  – In this program series geared for 3 year olds, children explore the natural world through a variety of activities. Our special October program is “Oh, Nuts!” There will be an oak tree story, crafts, and a short nature hike to our big bur oak trees by the nature center.  A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Thursday, October 22, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles. Fee: $5/child. Registration required. Please call (630) 444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

October 22-  Kane County Forest Preserves' Little Naturalists – This month’s program for 4 year olds will focus on our mighty oak trees. The children will learn about oaks through a craft, a story and a nature walk to the oak grove. (Note: This is a “drop-off” program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during program.) Thursday, October 22, 1 – 2 p.m., Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles. Fee: $5/child. Registration required. Please call (630) 444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

October 22, 24, 29Photographing Trees: Oaks, Maples, and More - Get your cameras ready! Take artistic advantage of the challenges and opportunities the brilliant colors of the autumn canopy present, and learn to capture different fall tree structures and features accurately in your photographs. 2 Thursdays, October 22-29, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00-11:00 a.m., Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum. $105.00 members, $123.00 nonmembers

October 24- Tree Walk: Trees of the Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. Learn how oaks, walnuts, maples and dogwoods survive and thrive on the forest edge of the prairie at The Morton Arboretum. 1:00-2:00 p.m.
 

October 24- London Towne Housing Cooperative Tree Planting Day with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meet at 830 E. 100th St., Chicago, IL 60628. Register here

October 24- "Wildflower Walks" sponsored by Shawnee National Forest and the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area. Walks will be led by Chris Benda (aka Illinois Botanizer) in southern Illinois. The first of two walks is on October 24th at Atwood Ridge.  This site features the rare Rock Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus).  They will be meeting at the Shawnee National Forest ranger station in Jonesboro at 11:00am. Contact Chris at botanizer@gmail.com for more information.

October 25- "Wildflower Walks" sponsored by Shawnee National Forest and the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area. Walks will be led by Chris Benda (aka Illinois Botanizer) in southern Illinois. The second of two walks is on October 25th at Lusk Creek Canyon. This site features a remarkable sandstone canyon and hanging shelter bluff. They will be meeting at the gas station on highway 145 in Eddyville at 11:00 a.m. Contact Chris at botanizer@gmail.com for more information.

October 25- Hazel Crest Open Lands Fall Tour. The Hazel Crest Open Lands Commission will be hosting the Fall Tour at 2 PM. Karl Persons will be talking about oaks that have been planted in the Open Lands. For those of you from out of town - get to Kedzie and 171st Street and go East (the only way you can go), park at the end of the street and walk through the guardrail. 

October 25- Kane County Big Tree Program – What’s the biggest tree in Kane County? Where is the largest oak tree? Do you have a huge tree in your neighborhood? You can help discover and document “giant trees” by participating in the Kane County Big Tree Program. Learn about the program and how you can get involved by attending this workshop. We’ll begin with classroom instruction, and then head outdoors to learn how to identify and measure trees. You’ll also learn how to nominate trees for champion Big Tree status. The Kane County Big Tree Program follows the protocols of The Illinois Big Tree Registry. This state-wide program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees. Sunday, October 25, 1 – 4 p.m., Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles. Registration required. Please call (630) 444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

October 28- Possibility Place Nursery is donating 5 oak trees to the Village of Beecher in Will County to help replace lost ash trees in their parks. Students from Beecher High School will plant the trees in three Beecher parks.

November 2015

November 7- Beverly Tree Planting Day with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meeting location: TBD. Register here

November 14- Hayes Park Tree Planting Day with Openlands- Open to the general public and TreeKeepers. Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9am - 1pm. Meet at Hayes Park, 2936 W 85th St, Chicago, IL 60652. Register here

November 27- Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday this year, why not help rescue some ancient oaks?  Join other volunteers near Harvard from 10am - 1pm. No experience required. Hand tools will be provided, as will lunch and a fire to keep everyone warm. So, come work off a few Thanksgiving calories and make a difference for at least one oak! Contact Linda Balek for more information: lbalek@conservemc.org or 815/337-9502.

Ongoing events:

   

Parents and Educators- Read this fun children's story about oaks! Jake and the Magic Acorns was written by Chris Mest, ISA certified arborist and founder of Tree Guardians. Artwork by his wife, Kathi Quinn (picture above taken from the story). For more information about Tree Guardians and other Jake, the Junior Arborist stories please contact Chris at treeguardians@gmail.com. Tree Guardians information can be found here.

Free native oaks given to participants of The Conservation Foundation's Conservation@Home

Visit the Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles to check out their amazing white oak exhibit.

Follow Rhonda Ferree's tips for a pleasant OAKtober drive along Spoon River

Planning an OAKtober stroll in Central Illinois? Use the OAKtober oak leaf icon on http://urbana.mytreekeeper.com  (http://mobile.daveytreekeeper.com ) for a map of the 2644 oaks found on Urbana's public lands.

More to come...

To have your October 2015 oak event listed here, contact Melissa at mcustic@mortonarb.org.