Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nature Walk Set for Historic Portage Site

All are invited to a free "nature walk" through the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 South Harlem, set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21.

Statue depicting early explorers at the Chicago Portage.
Long time Cook County naturalist and master interpreter John Elliot will lead the walk. Attendees will learn about the site’s native plants and how they’ve been used by the people who’ve passed through the Portage over the last several centuries.

The tour is approximately a half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods. It will take about two hours. Those taking part are advised to wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The tour will be held rain or shine.

One of only two national historic sites in Illinois, the Chicago Portage National Historic site is said to be the only place where people today can stand on the same ground walked by all the early explorers, early settlers and creators of Chicago.

The late Chicago Tribune columnist John Husar, after touring the site, called it “Our sacred ground."

For more information call Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 or visit  www.chicagoportage.org.

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of the site’s history and significance.

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1 comment:

  1. I really want to urge anyone who wants to get off their duffer and 1)'be out in Nature', 2)get healthy 'fresh air, sunshine and exercise', 3)share in community comraderie and fun, and 4)contribute to beneficial environmental restoration, 5)help make your community a better place, look no further than this local group (Friends of the Chicago Portage). They meet in the Portage Woods (Harlem, near I-55) every month. Here is an article about these community land stewards: