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.

RG20220808 Restoration Workday Volunteer

What to expect

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

There are workdays at two locations: Horseshoe Bottoms and Rocky Glen Park. Workdays last for about three hours.

Gloves, water and hand tools are provided. Dress for the weather, consider wearing long pants and sturdy shoes.  Your own hand tools are fine but no power tools are allowed unless first safety checked and the operator certified by the Peoria Park District.

Liability permits are required for insurance purposes. Children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by an adult guardian who signs with them.

HORSESHOE BOTTOMS workdays are always on the first Saturday of each month and coincide with free hikes through Horseshoe Bottoms given by FORG volunteers. These workdays involve brush and small tree removal from ancient glacial hill prairies as well as work on the former cornfield that we call the New Prairie. All workdays begin at 9:00 am at the west end of St Mary’s Cemetery, 421 N Sterling in West Peoria.

ROCKY GLEN workdays are usually on a Sunday morning, meeting at 9:00 am in the Rocky Glen parking lot, 525 N Kickapoo Creek Road, just south of Farmington Road. The work involves brush and small tree removal and trail maintenance.

Please always confirm the workday by text or email to FORG President David Pittman, 309-573-2354 or