Conservation Days for Fall 2021

Our conservation workdays are on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary. We do not have formal membership or dues. Just come as often as you like and help us do our small part to maintain the health of woodlands, prairie restorations and native prairie remnants. Visit this page from time to time to get updates. To receive email notifications of updates and cancellations send your email address to Larry at with a request to be added to the list.

We advise sturdy footwear and gloves at workdays. Tools are provided but personal tools are welcome.

Click to download a print-friendly PDF version of the Conservation Day Schedule for Spring 2021.



All events begin at 9:00 a.m.

September 4 - Join Grand Prairie Friends for their first-Saturday-of-the-month volunteer day at Warbler Ridges. Meet at the red shack near the end of Daileyville Road (CR470 N) south of Charleston.

September 11 - Lafferty Nature Center, behind Carl Sandberg School on Reynolds Drive in Charleston. We will remove bush honeysuckle with the help of 100+ young people and their adult supervisors. The school parking area will be busy, so we recommend that regular EVS volunteers park near the water tower on Douglas Drive.

September 18 - Volunteer days at Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon.

September 25 - Volunteer days at Douglas-Hart Nature Center in Mattoon.

October 2 - Invasives removal at Lakeview Park. Take McKinley Avenue in Charleston to the parking at the end of the road.

October 9 - OPEN

October 16 - Bush honeysuckle removal on the north side of Lake Charleston. Park at the spillway for carpooling.

October 23 - A second day on the north side of the lake.

October 30 - Invasives removal at Steve Lane's prairie planting Take Route 16 west from Charleston, turn south on CR1350 E (Beech Tree Road) at Crestline Vet Clinic, go to the "T" and turn left on CR720 N, take the next right on CR 1380 E, then down the hill and left into the driveway just before the end of the hill.  Bear left up the driveway.

November 6 - Reasor Park to help the Charleston Urban Butterfly Initiative prepare the site for another butterfly habitat. Park at the south end of Reynolds Drive.

November 13 - OPEN

November 20 - Hanley Prairie for multiflora rose removal. Take CR 300N west from Route 130 and go about one mile to the hunter parking (through the pines) at the end of the road.

December 4 - Walnut Point State Park for invasives removal in the Upper Embarras Nature Preserve. Follow the park road to the Pleasant View parking area.