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posted: 4/17/2014 7:01 AM

Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree at Fitchie Creek in Elgin

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  • April Venzon and her mother, Ann, both of Geneva, put the finishing touches on a red oak they planted during a volunteer tree planting day with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The district is holding a similar event Saturday, April 19, in honor of Earth Day.

       April Venzon and her mother, Ann, both of Geneva, put the finishing touches on a red oak they planted during a volunteer tree planting day with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The district is holding a similar event Saturday, April 19, in honor of Earth Day.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Six-year-old Torin Holda of Geneva and his mom, Jaimie, prepare to plant a tree at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve in West Dundee. On Saturday, April 19, volunteers will plant oak trees at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.

       Six-year-old Torin Holda of Geneva and his mom, Jaimie, prepare to plant a tree at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve in West Dundee. On Saturday, April 19, volunteers will plant oak trees at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer ¬

 
Submitted by Forest Preserve District of Kane County

This weekend, volunteers can get some exercise and help the environment at the same time. Celebrate Earth Day by planting trees with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Hundreds of oaks will be planted in a few hours, and many helpers are needed. Holes will be pre-dug. Volunteers will simply plant the tree, tamp down dirt, add water and mulch.

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Arrive promptly at 10 a.m. Planting will continue until all trees are in the ground or 1 p.m., whichever comes first.

Each year, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County plants trees as part of an Earth Day celebration. The planting will help create an oak savanna at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve.

This volunteer opportunity is perfect for individuals or groups, families, scouts, youth groups or other organizations. Participants can plant a single tree or stay and plant as many as they like. Bring work gloves if you prefer. Groups of 10 or more should contact the volunteer coordinator at (630) 762-2741 or volunteer@kaneforest.com to register. Groups of fewer than 10 do not need to register.

Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve is at 39W933 Russell Road, Elgin. For more information, visit kaneforest.com.

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