Helpful Links

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Lake County Forest Preserve District – check this site for events and recreational opportunities
Ryerson Woods Conservation Area – a beautiful forest preserve conservation area on Riverwoods Road
The Chicago Botanic Garden – events for every season and classes for a variety of interests
The Morton Arboretum – “a place for trees, a place for people, a place for fun” + plant advice


Landscape with native plants ~ get answers to gardening questions

The Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Information
Wild Ones – a national organization that promotes natural landscaping and native restoration
How to Prune Trees – for tree health, safety, and beauty


Enjoy Native Flora …

Illinois Grasses, Sedges and Non-flowering Plants – photos and information about habitat and cultivation
Illinois Prairie Wildflowers – learn about the Illinois prairies; photos and information about flowering plants
U. of Illinois Wildflower Guide – searchable by color and bloom time
Illinois Wildflowers – another excellent source, catagorized by color
Wisconsin Wildflowers (by color) – a helpful resource – a site that can help you identify midwest native wildflowers


Identify Trees …

Illinois index of tree ID websites – a good starting place
Tree Selection Guide – photos, detailed descriptions, and a very helpful guide from the experts at the Morton Arboretum
Quick Reference Tree Guide – photos and descriptions
Another Quick Reference Tree Guide – from the U. S. Forestry Service
A Tree Guide with Good Photos – from Vanderbilt University
A Complete Tree Guide
– from the Ohio DNR
Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) – identify the native trees in your backyard


Enjoy Native Fauna …

Cornell Lab of Ornithology – all about birds
Frog and toad calls – in case you’ve ever wondered (Upper Midwest frogs and toads)
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation – a local program for injured and orphaned wildlife (except skunks, bats or raccoons)


Enjoy … Well, not so much: Invasive Plants and Animals in the Midwest

The United States National Arboretum ~ Invasive Plants – more on invasive plants with a link to Illinois
Wisconsin DNR – learn to identify and control invasive species

Enjoy Environment and Ecology

Chicago Wilderness – lots of info from the largest alliance of natural areas in the Chicago region
Environmental Freebies – links to free activities, clip art, photos and information about the environment, safety and health
Mother Earth News – news and views on environmental issues, organic gardening and other topics


Enjoy Green Architecture and Green Living

Edens Lost & Found – practical solutions and models for sustainable building
Eco Products – biodegradable paper and plastic products



Here are a few books books about plantings in a woodland environment that seem particularly suitable for Riverwoods. We’ve included brief reviews of the books to help you decide.

Don’t t miss the links to other pages on this web site, shown on the left, including a page on Invasives, the articles we’ve written for the Village Voice, summaries of some RPC-sponsored presentations, our Oak Treespages, and extracts from the RPC’s book In Our Own Backyard.