Countdown to Earth Day: Don't Just Hug a Tree, Plant One (or More!) April 23 With the Forest Preserve

Countdown to Earth Day: Don’t Just Hug a Tree, Plant One (or More!) April 23 With the Forest Preserve


  • This month, Kane County Connects will highlight the organizations that are working to conserve and protect our local environment. Check out this “Countdown to Earth Day” feature every day from now until April 22 to learn more about the people and projects that are helping to improve sustainability throughout the Fox Valley! Information for today’s article was contributed by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!

This year, why not make Earth Day a little more meaningful for your family by planting a tree?

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is offering the perfect opportunity to do exactly that — a tree-planting event at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, that will help expand an oak savanna at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.


All are welcome to join the fun — be sure to arrive promptly at 10 a.m! Planting will continue until all trees are in the ground or 1 p.m., whichever comes first!

You and your fellow volunteers will plant hundreds of oaks in only a few hours, and the Forest Preserve District can use as many helpers as it can get. Holes will be pre-dug. Volunteers will simply plant the tree, tamp down dirt, add water and mulch. It’s easy!

You’re welcome to plant a single tree or stay and plant as many as you like. Bring work gloves if you prefer.

This volunteer opportunity is perfect for individuals or groups, families, scouts, youth groups or other organizations. Groups of 10 or more, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 630-762-2741 or to register. Groups of less than 10 do not need to RSVP.

Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve is located at 39W933 Russell Road, Elgin. (Please use the Russell Road entrance.) For more information, please visit the website or the event page on Facebook.

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About the Forest Preserve District of Kane County

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County acquires, holds and maintains land to preserve natural and historic resources, habitats, flora and fauna. The district restores, restocks, protects and preserves open space for the education, recreation and pleasure of Kane County citizens. For more information, visit the district’s website or find them on social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also, sign up for the quarterly TreeLine Newsletter.

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