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Beach Natural Area Stewardship

As the community partner to the Chicago Park District's Osterman Beach Natural Area, EEC volunteers restore and maintain natural dune and open sand habitats. These spaces allow beach-goers to discover and appreciate the beauty of nature in its many forms.

Volunteer workdays take place on Sundays and are led by trained Community Stewards. Activities differ by site and time of year, and can include tasks such as litter pickup, trail mulching, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, as well as nature-based activities like birding and plant identification walks. Come join us!

There are accessible places off paved pathways to sit; and water, bike racks, and restrooms right by the meeting place. The activities take place in mostly flat and sandy areas that may be difficult to traverse for people with mobility challenges.

Parking in the area is very limited to what you can find on nearby streets. Biking, walking, carpooling, or public transit is recommended.

Contact volunteer Community Stewards Renee and Jim at with questions.

Follow along through our Facebook page.

Sign up for the Osterman Beach stewardship volunteer mailing list on this form.

2024 Information

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, once a month.

  • April 28

  • May 19

  • June 30

  • July 28

  • August 25

  • September 29

  • October 27

Join friends and neighbors to help clean up and restore the natural area at Kathy Osterman Beach Dunes (also known as Hollywood/Ardmore). Afterwards, stick around to enjoy the sun and a swim in the lake! Please bring your own water bottle and dress for the weather with closed-toe shoes (we have sand burs!)

- Meet at the south side of the beach house, just off Hollywood Ave.

- All ages and experience levels are welcome!

- No RSVP needed, RSVP for an easy link to add to your calendar.

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