Friday Fun Facts – Did you know?
2020 - What a Year It Was!
- 23 safe socially distanced trail work days were held with support of our growing volunteer base.
- More than 3,800 volunteer hours supported trail work and activities.
- Four seed cleaning events produced 31 lbs of seeds, representing 55 native plant species and 15.3 million seeds, to spread on the trail.
- With grant support from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, two permanent interpretive signs featuring biodiversity and bees were installed on the trail south of South Ave.
- The Monarch Hatchery remained a favorite site to witness the metamorphosis of butterflies. 31 butterflies were hatched and released.
- Three community programs featuring bats, coyotes, and Biomimicry were held prior to the COVID shutdown, but we had to cancel our annual summer and winter Solstice events and the 10th anniversary Buckthorn Barbecue.
- A Photo Contest featuring the trail’s beauty and safe recreational environment yielded 279 photos submitted by 128 photographers. More than 1,600 votes were cast to select the 12 winners. View the beautiful photos on the FGBT website.
- A trail video and slide show were produced to feature the trail’s restoration and opportunities to “Refresh, Relax and Restore”.
- Stewardship continues from South to Scott Aves. with the professional guidance of a restoration ecologist.
We continue to strive to keep the trail a natural site for recreation, exploration and enjoyment. We look forward to returning to our much-enjoyed annual programs and events. Explore our website, Facebook, and Instagram sites for updated information.