Saturday, March 14

Hikes scheduled March 22 and April 19



2015 SPRING SHAWNEE GROUP OUTINGS

Sunday, March 22nd, 12:30 PM –– Hike at Cove Hollow –– Four mile moderate hike on trail in Shawnee National Forest that borders Cedar Lake, cliff lines and shelter caves. Learn about early wildflowers. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes. We will have a car shuttle so we will walk one-way. Leaders are Ed Max and Bob Mulcahy. Call Bob Mulcahy for details and to register at 618-942-6342.

Sunday, April 19th, 10:00 AM –– Hike the Snake Road & LaRue Pine Hills –– Easy hike along the snake road at LaRue Pine Hills. Optional extension to Inspiration Point on the bluffs. This is snake migration time and spring flower season, so come along to learn more about the snakes, birds and flowers that are evident at this very biodiverse area. Leaders are Ed Max and Steve Eberhart. Call Steve at 618-687-2998 or Email at eberpsy@frontier.com for details and to register. Meet before 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Office at 221 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL to drive to the trailhead.

Friday, March 6

Meet Sierra Club Members for dinner before the meeting!



You are cordially invited to join the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club for dinner at 5 pm on March 12 at
El Paisano, 100 North Glenview, Carbondale  529-2352
RSVP requested to (618) 684-2196 or rth_kelley@yahoo.com before noon on Wednesday, March 11.

Our March Program at 7 pm:  Shawn Priddy, Deputy Co-ordinator, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency


Are you prepared for an emergency?  Family emergency planning can be the key to surviving a disaster. In extreme situations, emergency resources may be limited. Be prepared to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours).

Presenter Shawn Priddy started with the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency as a volunteer storm spotter. He has served as the Deputy Coordinator for the agency since 2005.  He has conducted many training sessions and public presentations throughout the County. 

The program will be held at 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)

Wednesday, February 4

Woodland Restoration for Landowners



February 12 program:  Woodland Restoration for Landowners


Learn about the natural history of woodlands; methods to restore open woodland communities; and the benefits of woodland management to wildlife.

Presenter Bob Gillespie is a Natural Resources Coordinator for the Heritage Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Bob has conducted woodland restorations in southeast Missouri for the Missouri Department of Conservation and in the southern till plain of Illinois.

The program will be held at 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)

Friday, January 23

Time Change for Carbondale meeting!!

Dear Sierra Club Member,
Please note that the venue and time for the Carbondale session has been changed:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)

Special presentation January 28 and 29

Dear Sierra Club Member,
community reinvestment photo
You are invited to a special listening session -- Community Choice-Reinvesting in the Heartland -- presented by our partners, Shawnee Hills and Hollers and Eco-Justice Collaborative. 
Together you will explore possibilities to create communities in economic, environmental, and socioeconomic sustainability in Illinois.
The presentation illustrates how an economy based primarily on coal has significant social cost and long term liabilities. Following is a Q&A and open discussion for alternatives to create vibrant and diversified economies.
For more info call Georgia at 618-579-4343.
Upcoming Presentations
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
City Hall, 28 South Washington Street
DuQuoin, Illinois (Perry County)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Carbondale Township Hall, 217 East Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Carnegie Library, 206 South Market Street
Marion, Illinois (Williamson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
1306 South Pope
Benton, Illinois (Franklin County)

Tuesday, January 13

Monsters of the Paleozoic January 19 at 2PM

Daytime program January 19!  2pm! Please note special time

A program on “Monsters of the Paleozoic” will be given by Joe Devera, Senior Paleontologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey.  Joe will talk about numerous creatures that attained great size compared to their modern counterparts. A short survey of the Paleozoic Periods and examples of large organisms from each Period will be discussed.

The program will be held at the REAR entrance of 216 East Monroe Street (rear entrance of 217 East Main Street) in Carbondale, Illinois on Monday, January 19 at 2:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)


Saturday, December 20

OPEN House January 5 - Learn about the Master Naturalist training Program



The University of Illinois Extension will host a Master Naturalist  open house at Carbondale Township Hall, 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m on Monday, January 5.

Become a Master NATURALIST!  Twelve exiting sessions! Bonus field trips!  Emphasis on the unique plants, animals and ecosystems of southern Illinois. Enrollment is limited!

Come and see what the Master Naturalist program has to offer you and what you can offer to the program.


Attend the Open House and find out if the program is for you.  For additional information contact the Extension office (Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson counties): Tel. 618-687-1727