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How did Illinois celebrate OAKtober 2015?

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Shawnee National Forest and the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Wildflower Walks, October 24 and 25

The wildflower walks, led by Chris Benda, featured oaks like the Rock Chestnut Oak (threatened in Illinois).


Lake Forest Openlands OAKtober Family Hike, October 17

Environmental Education Fellow, Elle Lucadamo, led a group of hikers through Middlefork Savanna to tour their mighty oaks.


McHenry County Conservation District OaktoberfestOctober 16-17

"Oaktoberfest tree planting where over 2,000 oaks and their companion species were planted to aid in the reforestation of a 20-acre oak woodland complex with the aid of a $10,000 ComEd Green Region Grant secured in partnership with local high school – Richmond-Burton High School District 157."
Photographer: Weg Thomas


Guided Oak Hike along Rim Rock Trail, Shawnee National Forest, October 7.

Forest Botanists, Beth Shimp and Shannon Sharp, led a guided hike along Rim Rock Trail of the Shawnee National Forest.Hikers learned about the many oak species of southern Illinois.


UIC Office of Sustainability Oaktober Tree Planting, October 3, 2015


"We planted Oak saplings donated by Bartlett Tree Care and increased UIC’s tree biodiversity! 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. Find out more about UIC's urban forrest at"

Photos taken at Parking Lot 1, 1109 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL


Conserve Lake County asked their followers to send in pictures of their favorite oaks. Here are some results!

(From left) A bur oak at the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, a young oak seedling (photo by Jill Koch),  Students at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake with one of the school's oaks, and the students of Warren Township High School posing with the campus' oaks.