Wednesday, July 29

September 6 hike planned

Piney Woods Ravine Nature Reserve hike
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Presented by: Shawnee Group
Leader: Mr Steve Eberhart - 618-687-2998
Level: Moderate
Location: Piney Woods Ravine

A moderate hike of about 2 miles. Meet at the Murphysboro Forestry station on Walnut St. before 11 am. We will see ancient petroglyphs, canyon views, cliffs and a waterfall. Bring water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Call the leader, Steve Eberhart at 618-687-2998 to go on the hike.

August 13 program: The Amazing World of Plants in Illinois!

August 13 program: The Amazing World of Plants in Illinois!

There will be a free public educational program about the incredible diversity of plants in Illinois. Included in the presentation will be a discussion of the variety of plant types, why Illinois is so rich in plant species, the differences between native, non-native and invasive plants, and how homeowners and citizens can held protect these amazing resources. The presentation is Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm. Presenter Christopher Evans is the the Vice President of the southern chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society and the Invasive Species Campaign Coordinator for the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan.

Free and open to the public! Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm
216 East Monroe in Carbondale, Illinois (Green door off the alley), across from Rockhill Baptist Church. Ample free parking off Monroe Street between Washington and Marion.

Contact Ruth Kelley at (618) 684-2196.

Wednesday, June 17

For many years, the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club has been welcoming the New Year with a Stone Soup picnic at shelter 2 in Giant City State Park on January 1. Now this annual tradition is at risk! We need a new team of picnic planners who will step up to carry on this unique event. We have a checklist to assist in planning and setting up. We just need a few motivated volunteers to ensure that we can celebrate January 1, 2016 in style!

Monday, May 18

Thanks to a group of awesome volunteers for our second very successful native plant sale.  A thousand indigenous wildflowers, trees, shrubs and ferns found new homes, and the sale ran very smoothly thanks to the hard work and co-operation of all the volunteers.  To the set-up crew, the cashiers, the customer assistants, and the clean-up brigade, our deepest appreciation. 

Tuesday, May 5

BIG second annual native plant sale May 16!

Sierra Club Native Plant Sale!
Saturday, May 16
10 am til ?  Come early – avoid disappointment!
Town Square Pavillion
100 North Illinois (near intersection of US 51 North and Hwy 13 West)
Carbondale, Illinois

Large selection of plants native to southern Illinois – hardy, beautiful, pollinator friendly, and low maintenance.  Plants are reasonably priced.

We will have more than 1000 plants of many species, including perennial wildflowers, grasses trees, shrubs, and vines for shade and sun.  There will also be plants for rain gardens (moist to wet soil).

Contact:  Plant sale chair Ruth Kelley (618) 684-2196

May 14 Sierra Club meeting

Woodland Wildflowers
Creating a native wildflower garden for shade or sun

Carbondale resident Laurel Toussaint will share how she transformed her yard with native wildflowers.  Some native plants will be available in exchange for a donation.

Free and open to the public!  Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm
216 East Monroe (Green door off the alley), across from Rockhill Baptist Church
Ample free parking off Monroe Street between Washington and Marion.  Contact Ruth Kelley at (618) 684-2196.

We are meeting for dinner before the program.  You are welcome to join us. Dinner at 5 pm:  Longbranch CafĂ©, 100 East Jackson, Carbondale    529-4488

Wednesday, April 8

Earth Day meeting at SIU April 22 (rain date April 27)

Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm – Rain Date April 27 at 4 pm.
Professor Karen Midden of SIU organized the project to install a green roof on a section of the Agriculture Building. Over 150 students, professional volunteers, plant services laborers and faculty installed the green roof system in 2010.

Green roofs are similar to rooftop gardens and are becoming increasingly popular in urban settings because they help control storm water runoff and resulting water pollution. The roof reduces heating and cooling costs for the Agriculture building while acting as a research tool for graduate and undergraduate students.  Participants will tour the green roof and view the rain garden, permeable pavers, and the vertical garden.

Karen currently is the Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Karen continues teaching in the Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems Department and oversees the college's green roof, vertical garden and other sustainable projects installed by her classes and other students. She also organized an online master program entitled Ecological Urban Landscapes.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm.  Location is Room 209 in the Agricultural Building at SIU (the Ag Seminar Room).  Enter the north section (to the left) of the building and take the elevator or the stairs to the second floor.  RAIN DATE IS MONDAY, APRIL 27 AT 4 PM.

Parking is available in lot 39 (off Lincoln Drive between Life Science III and the Ag Building).  Visitors can park on campus after 4 pm.