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Elmhurst Park District: Great Western Prairie Work Day

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hello, All You Fine Prairie Volunteers!
Have you been out to the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie recently?  Yellow, red, blue and violet flowers in great abundance, Sawtooth Sunflowers over nine feet tall and butterflies by the hundreds!
Our next volunteer work day at the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie is Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 AM until noon and a second special work day on Saturday, August 28.   
This year the EGWP has a large amount of Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), especially near Spring Road. Despite being a native, it can be quite invasive as it has occasionally been for us at the EGWP.  Once or twice a decade, when conditions are just right for a massive crop, we have an issue with this plant. Elmhurst Park District horticulturist Michelle Karabetsos of the Elmhurst Park District and I determined the best way to fight it is to cut it close to the ground rather than pulling it up by its roots.  Pulling this large number of plants would be too disruptive to the soil and too big of a job for a small group of enthusiastic volunteers like us.  Last month, we called a special work day and successfully removed a few hundred plants that did not resprout so we will continue that successful work this Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 until noon  We will meet at Spring Road for this project rather than our usual spot at Berkley Ave.  




Please contact Eric Keeley at  if you can come.

For more information, visit the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie  website.

Although this is not an IPPc event, send an email to  if you have any unanswered questions.


August 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Eric Keeley, Keith Olson