Event calendar

Spring Cleanup

Event information

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 14 and older. (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Contact: 815-722-9470

Location: Rock Run Rookery Preserve

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A shoreline littered with plastic trash. Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

Celebrate Earth Day early this year by making a difference and cleaning up the shoreline of the Des Plaines River. It will be a morning of invigorating work and enthusiasm, and you are sure to leave with a sense of great accomplishment!

Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, April 12: 815-722-9470.


Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Waterproof footwear and gloves are highly recommended. Cleanup instructions and safety equipment will be provided on the day of the event.

Due to the proximity to water and the unpredictable nature of the trash we will be collecting, this cleanup is limited to individuals 14 and older.

Cleanup areas are off trail and require walking through rough, uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this workday should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the workday.