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Helm Woods & Prairie Workday

Explore Elgin Area
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Every 4th Wednesday of the month join steward June Keibler along with DTOS staff in restoring this 70 acre open space site. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer steward for Helm Woods & Prairie!

Dundee Township's Helm Woods and Prairie is located south of the Kane Co. Forest Preserve District's Helm Woods Nature Preserve. It was once a woodland/wetland complex before being cleared and tiled for farming during the 1800's. There are no official trails to date. You can park at the end of Tee Lane in Carpentersville where there is a pedestrian entrance.

Training is provided as well as information on native plant and wildlife identification, as well as local ecology.

Please come prepared to work outdoors. Wear: close toed shoes, long socks, long pants, a work shirt with adequate coverage, tie long hair back, a sun blocking hat in warm weather, a warm hat in cold weather, and if using bug repellent please apply it before entering the natural areas.

In cold weather when the burning of brush piles is done, you will want to wear coats, snow pants and winter gear that can withstand the occasional spark drifting from the burn pile. You may want to remove jewelry It is recommended to bring water or a drink and a snack. The sharing of snacks is highly smiled upon.

Work gloves and safety glasses are provided. Herbiciding is only done by licensed practicioners after volunteers have cleared an area and have moved to another location. The general herbicide is squirted or dabbed; there is no misting that drifts in the air. The herbicide is dyed blue so volunteers can see where it's been applied.

The operating of chain saws and brush cutters are only performed by certified individuals. Ear protection is provided and required to be worn by anyone working with or near chain saws and brush cutters.

Workdays are for all ages. Even children with adult supervision can cut brush with loppers and or drag it to a burn pile. 14-17 yr. old minors do not need to be accompanied with their guardian but must bring a permission slip and annual waiver to the workday signed by their guardian. Permission slips and waivers are available on our website www.dundeetownship.org . Those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Workdays are a great way for students to earn community service hours.

Even though our workdays are 9-12pm, you can come and go as your schedule allows. We appreciate any volunteer help :)

Contact our coordinator at katiedt@dundeetownship.org, 847-428-8092 x 5 for more information, forms, project/ study opportunities, or to be added to our prescribed burn volunteer text list.