Restoration workdays: You make a difference.

There’s no better way to get outside and enjoy the adventures of Rocky Glen  than by volunteering!

Restoration Workdays are the practice of bringing back the conditions that support healthy nature.

It means getting outside, getting fresh air, and enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people as you collect seed, remove invasive brush and weeds, and learn about the connections between people and healthy nature.

We have a lot of work to do, and we need your help.


What to expect

Protecting the majority of the Kickapoo Creek Watershed for conservation and natural recreation area.

Dates for monthly workdays are posted on the Friends of Horseshoe Bottoms Facebook Page

All workdays begin at the Rocky Glen parking lot on the west side of Kickapoo Creek Road, just south of Farmington Road. Liability permits naming the Peoria Park District, Friends of Rocky Glen and Peoria Wilds Inc. must be signed by everyone, every time. Workdays will occur rain or shine.  A Friends of Rocky Glen board member will be on site at all times for every workday. Children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by an adult guardian who signs with them.

Volunteers should consider bringing water and a snack. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring good work gloves. Your own hand tools are fine (On most workdays we will be hand grubbing and pruning weeds / bushes).  No power tools are allowed unless first safety checked by the Peoria Park District.  Power tool operators must go through a brief Peoria Park District training.

Expect to work on a moderately steep slope, first cutting then hauling brush, as well as removing smaller invasive and unwelcome plants. The  three main non-native plants to remove will be Japanese honeysuckle, Oriental bittersweet vine and the autumn olive shrub. These plants will have their fresh cut stumps ‘painted’ with a herbicide.  The herbicide applicator must have completed a training program put on by the State of Illinois.  Contact David at for more information about the herbicide applicator training.

Check out a video from WEEK-TV news that talks about our restoration efforts! Click here!