On February 20, seventy-five Barrington High School horticulture students planted over 270 native sedge plugs with horticulture instructor John Ardente, Barrington Area Conservation executive director Lisa Woolford, and naturalist April Anderson.
After attending an “Understanding Habitat Restoration” presentation delivered by Anderson a few days prior to the planting day, the students gained valuable hands-on experience working with native plants donated by Pizzo Native Plant Nursery.
Once the hand-sized plugs reach gallon-size, the students together with other volunteers like you, will plant them on Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 2:15 – 4:30 pm at Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Pederson Preserve.
“Over the past three years, students have planted nearly 2,000 native plant plugs at the preserve — more than half grown by horticulture students at BHS,” states Lisa Woolford. “Habitat restoration can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with dedicated volunteers and their spirit to serve, it is exhilarating to see the difference they can make.”
Pederson Preserve is located across the street from Barrington High School on Lake-Cook Road where it meets Hart Road. Volunteers, new and experienced alike, are always welcome to participate in work days and should dress for the weather.