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The North Branch Restoration Project volunteers work to protect and restore native Illinois ecosystems. Remnants of our natural heritage still thrive along the North Branch of the Chicago River in Forest Preserves and other public lands. These preserves represent recreational, cultural, and scientific resources for millions of people. The biodiversity that survives in the woodlands, savannas, prairies, and wetlands here and elsewhere are essential to the future of humanity and our planet.

Volunteering

North Branch volunteers have been helping take care of these treasured public lands since 1977. Forty two years and growing!

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Healthy Preserves

Living side by side with the rest of nature, we need to be good neighbors. Restoring ecological health is a prime goal.

Restoration Basics
Glimpses

Each site has its own look, with many interesting aspects to explore and enjoy. Always something to capture with a camera.

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From how to sign up to what to wear and more, we're always happy to get questions. If we've missed something, let us know!

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North Branch News

About the North Branch Restoration Project community

  • We’re number 25!

    Harms Woods has just become the 25th Illinois Nature Preserve in the Forest Preserves of Cook County! Dedication as a Nature Preserve prov...

  • Giants in the Woods

    Eastern Giant Swallowtails are one of our largest butterflies. Now is a good time to check out their bizarre caterpillars. Finding them ca...

  • Thank you so much, CVS!

    Somme Prairie Nature Preserve stewards are working on eradicating the last of invasive European Buckthorn that forms a barrier all around ...

  • Gentian Time

    Gentian season is upon us and the prairie gentian is the star of the season! This lovely low blooming plant has deep violet-purple 5-lobed...