Schedule of Events
  1. Monthly Volunteer Day - Chautauqua Bottoms
    9:00 am to noon
    Join us for a morning of invasive species removal from our the Chautauqua Bottoms Preserve, where we will be targeting the invasive winter creeper vine for removal. Volunteers should meet at the Freeman Street Entrance (near the corner of Freeman and Emerald) for sign in and brief instructions. Plenty of street parking is available. Volunteer workdays are family-friendly and open to everyone, no special skills are necessary. Tools, gloves, bug spray, snacks, and water will be provided. Bring your own water bottle to refill from our cooler. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are recommended for working within the woodland. Hours worked can be counted toward the SIUC Saluki Volunteer Corp and the SIUC Environmental Ambassador Award. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Call 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    17
    February
  2. Monthly Volunteer Day - Pyles Fork Preserve
    9:00 am to 11:00 am
    Join us for our Spring Clean Up of Pyles Fork Preserve and Creek in Partnership with Keep Carbondale Beautiful. A lot of litter accumulates within the preserve and creek throughout the year and this is one of two annual events to clean out as much as we can before it washes further downstream into the Big Muddy and eventually the Mississippi River. If the water flow is low enough we will have a few sets of chest waders for creek cleanup. Please bring your own if you have a pair and don't mind jumping in! Volunteers should meet at the Attucks Park Pavilion (400 North Wall Street) for sign in and brief instructions. Volunteer workdays are family-friendly and open to everyone, no special skills are necessary. Tools, gloves, bug spray, snacks, and water will be provided. Bring your own water bottle to refill from our cooler. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are recommended for working within the woodland. Hours worked can be counted toward the SIUC Saluki Volunteer Corp and the SIUC Environmental Ambassador Award. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Call 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    24
    March
  3. Special Volunteer Day - Chautauqua Bottoms Preserve
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Green Earth will host SIUC students for the BIG EVENT, the annual event where students from SIUC give a day of service to the local community. This workday might be conceived by SIUC, but anyone is welcome! Volunteers should meet at the Freeman St. trailhead for sign in and brief instruction. Project work will include: garlic mustard removal from our woodland, bare root seedling plantings on the banks of Little Crab Orchard Creek, and upgrade work to the parking lot and trails. Volunteer workdays are family-friendly and open to everyone, no special skills are necessary. Tools, gloves, bug spray, snacks, and water will be provided. Bring your own water bottle to refill from our cooler. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are recommended for working within the woodland. Hours worked can be counted toward the SIUC Saluki Volunteer Corp and the SIUC Environmental Ambassador Award. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Call 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    7
    April
  4. Spring Native Plant Sale Fundraiser
    8:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Green Earth and Illinois Native Plant Society will partner to host a native plant sale just in time for spring! High quality nursery stock plants from Southernwood Gardens of Alto Pass will be available for purchase. We usually have 70+ species to offer, and typically include perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, vines, and shrubs - something for every yard. The plant sale is held in conjunction with the Illinois Indigenous Plant Symposium, but the sale is open to the public at no charge. Call 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org for more information.
    14
    April