Tree Stewards Training Session 1 – Basic Tree Biology

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

Become an HLC Tree Steward! HeartLands Conservancy is excited to announce the return of the Tree Stewards volunteer program, where volunteers will help look after and take care of new trees in southern Illinois communities. In Tree Stewards Session 1, class participants will receive information on basic tree biology from Laura Schaefer, Instructor at Southwestern […]

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Tree Stewards Training Session 2 – Tree Identification

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

Become an HLC Tree Steward! HeartLands Conservancy is excited to announce the return of the Tree Stewards volunteer program, where volunteers will help look after and take care of new trees in southern Illinois communities. In Tree Stewards Session 2, class participants will receive information on tree identification. Instructor to be announced. Registration is required […]

Tree Stewards Training Session 3 – Soils

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

Become an HLC Tree Steward!HeartLands Conservancy is excited to announce the return of the Tree Stewards volunteer program, where volunteers will help look after and take care of new trees in southern Illinois communities. In Tree Stewards Session 3, class participants will receive information on soils from Bobbie Sue Hill from Willoughby Heritage Farm. Registration […]

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Frog Walk on World Frog Day

Knoll Family Wildlife Sanctuary 3805 Wanda Road, Edwardsville, Illinois, United States

Join Dr. Rick Essner from SIUE Biology for an evening stroll at Knoll Family Wildlife Sanctuary to listen for spring frog calls on World Frog Day. We have the potential to see and/or hear spring peepers, cricket frogs, southern leopard frogs, and Illinois Chorus Frogs. Sometimes, we find tiger salamanders, too! Important information: This is […]

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Tree Stewards Training Session 4 – Tree Selection and Placement

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

Become an HLC Tree Steward!HeartLands Conservancy is excited to announce the return of the Tree Stewards volunteer program, where volunteers will help look after and take care of new trees in southern Illinois communities. In Tree Stewards Session 4, class participants will receive information on Tree Selection and Placement from Scott Moss, Associate Professor at […]

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Tree Stewards Training Session 5 – Pruning

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

In Tree Stewards Session 5, class participants will receive information on tree pruning from Bobbie Sue Hill of Willoughby Heritage Farm. Registration is required to attend the Tree Stewards Program: Six free classes providing education on trees, their benefits, care and needs, identification, and more! Questions? Contact: Class location:

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Tree Stewards Traning Session 6 – Insects and Diseases

Wood River Round House 633 N Wood River Ave, Wood River, Illinois, United States

In Tree Stewards Session 6, class participants will receive information on Insects and Diseases from Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forestry and Research Specialist. Register to attend the Tree Stewards Program: Six, free classes providing education on trees, their benefits, care and needs, identification, and more! Questions? Contact: Class location:

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SAVE THE DATE: Spring Wildflower Walk

Join us for a walk in the woods to see our region's spectacular spring wildflowers, such as Trout Lillies, Bellworts, Celadine Poppies, Jacob's Ladder, Trilliums, Spring Beauties, Cutleaf Toothwort, and more! Botanist Dr. Betsy Esselman from SIU Edwardsville will help lead the group. Pending location: Bohm Woods Nature Preserve, Edwardsville

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SAVE THE DATE: 2024 Native Plant Sale

Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Park 1524 Clinton Hills Parkway, Swansea, Illinois

The Spring 2024 Native Plant Sale will begin online pre-orders in March with a pick-up date of April 27 in Swansea. More information coming soon! This year we are collaborating with the native plant wisdom of Little Sky Wildflowers' Laura Schaefer to select the best plants for your landscape! 1524 Clinton Hills Parkway, Swansea, IL […]

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SAVE THE DATE: History + Nature Walk at Engelmann Farm

Engelmann Farm 309 Shiloh Station Rd, O'Fallon, Illinois, United States

Did you know that Engelmann Farm in Shiloh served as an important respite for German immigrants in the early years of St. Clair County? The farm was also a temporary residence of George Engelmann, a famous botanist. Englemann Farm is now a public park with walking trails and lots of history to explore. Join HeartLands […]

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Cactus Blossom Walk

Did you know that southern Illinois has a native cactus? It's true! The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is found in the sandy soils along the Mississippi River. Our newest preserve, Knoll Family Wildlife Sanctuary in Edwardsville, has a HUGE population of these plants. They tend to bloom in late May - July. We are […]

SAVE THE DATE: Strawberry Full Moon Hike

Join us for a hike under the Strawberry Moon. Location and registration to be announced soon! "The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Historically, names for the full or new Moons were used to track the seasons. Today, we think […]

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SAVE THE DATE: Woods Walk – Winter Tree ID

Learn how to identify trees in the winter time! This year we'll take a walk in the woods to help you sharpen your identification skills. Location TBD. Registration will open this fall.

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2024 Annual Meeting & Dinner

Join us as we celebrate our partners, members, volunteers, and team in all we have collectively accomplished for our region's land, water, and communities this past year! More details to be announced later this fall.

2024 Jingle Hike Challenge

The 2024 Jingle Hike Challenge begins on Thanksgiving Day and ends on New Year's Day. Stay tuned for this year's park announcements and prizes! 12 Parks and Conservation Areas will be chosen in our region. In each of those parks, we'll hang a bow and bell on a tree. Find the tree, take a photo […]