October will be celebrated as Oak Awareness Month for the first time this year in Evanston and throughout the state of Illinois. The celebration aims to raise awareness of the oaks and oak ecosystems that have long been been a defining feature of our region as well as the challenges they face today. Evanston TreeKeepers and the Ladd Arboretum Committee are leading the celebration in Evanston in collaboration with Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, and the City of Evanston to call attention to the value of oaks and to what we all can do to plant and care for trees. Among the plans:
- Tree Walk in Perkins Woods, a remnant of a formerly vast oak-hickory-elm-basswood-green ash forest. Meet at Bennett and Grant. Sunday, October 4, 2:00-3:30 pm
- OAKday at the Ecology Center with drop-in programs, a tree walk, and an oak tree planting. 2024 McCormick Blvd. Free parking. Saturday, October 17, 9:00-12 noon
- Bird Song: A Community Celebration marking the dedication of the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, where native bur oaks will help to anchor a newly planted habitat. Saturday, October 17, 3:30-4:30 pm
No need to RSVP to any of the events just show up for the fun!