For Campton Township, open space isn’t just a Township commitment- it’s a community commitment.
“What is a “Prairie Doc?”
A prairie dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, is a plant with large leaves whose roots were used as medicine by the pioneers.
A “Prairie doc” is a volunteer who makes “field calls” to help preserve, protect, and restore natural areas and prairie gardens in the township.
Why do we need open space and natural areas?
- Wildlife habitat
- Ground water recharge areas (i.e., places for water to soak into the ground)
- Flood control (giving water a place to go, be held, and be released slowly)
- Reduce pollution (plants absorb and filter pollutants, pesticides, fertilizers, and carbon dioxide from air and water)
- Relief from congestion and development
- Space to study nature/education
- Recreation opportunities
- Exercise and relaxation for health benefits
- Increased value of property near Open Spaces
What’s so important about native plants?
- They are adapted to the extremes of our climate- they don’t need fertilizers, watering or pesticides.
- By attracting insects, they help stabilize the ecosystem for birds, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies – and humans too!
- Their deep roots absorb water to help control floods and prevent erosion
- They are a living museum to learn about the history of Illinois and the plants that helped create our rich soil.
Why do natural areas need “Prairie Docs?”
- To combat invasive species such as garlic mustard, buckthorn, wild chervil, multiflora rose, and honeysuckle. These exotic species move into natural areas and crowd out the native plants.
- To collect seeds and distribute them to new areas
When are workdays?
2nd Saturday of every month from 9am to noon.
To receive e-mail reminders for workday activities and other events, contact:
Campton Township, Open Space Program Office
If you would like to join our group of volunteers, please fill out the form below.