Into the Wild

Dear Friends,

A packed week in ecology. Our trips to the wild have been well supported by our volunteers.


My Number one need this week is help with the 8th Grade  Garden visit on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 1:15.

We will be preparing baked potatoes and hot spiced cider. The students will finish packing mint tea,decorating little packets that will be filled with roasted pumpkin seeds,shoveling snow and splitting kindling.I will be back from my morning field trip (see below) in time to get the fires started and the potatoes cooked. But I need help tending the fire and spuds while the students are set to their tasks.Want to join us.? One or two people would make a big difference.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 – 10:30, 2nd Grade Room 203, will visit the river at the Riverbank Neighbors Restoration site (east bank Montrose to Berteau). They will do a scavenger hunt, weather station, and field journal about their explorations. Volunteers gather 15 minutes before leaving, for a briefing.

On Wednesday, February 9, 9:30 – 12:30, 5th Grade Room 319, visits Sauganash to cut buckthorn and explore. In class we did a lesson on population dynamics, revealing the links between populations of mountain lions, deer, and… humans over the past 200 years in Cook County. Check it out at:

On Thursday, Feb 10, 9:30 – 12:30, 5th Grade Room 318 repeats the trip described above. Join us!

Finally, On Friday, February 11, from 9:30 – 1:30, 7th Grade Room 302 will journey to the Lake at Montrose Point to study Lake geology, to experience the power of the Lake in Winter, and to create poetry. Volunteers can join us 15 minutes before the trip for a briefing. Bring lunch!

Thank you, Mr. Leki