The Doe Run Education Works, a not-for-profit nature learning center established by Drew and Laura Dukett, is looking for volunteers to help clear out around a quarter-mile trail for use in the spring. Drew Dukett explained that they recently acquired more land for use by the center last year but it was too late to do anything with it.
“I knew we wanted to do another hiking trail and we’ve marked it off,” Drew Dukett. “I figured that we can get the first leg done (today) and the second leg done on Wednesday… I scheduled a third day, in case we run into something we can finish it up on Thursday.”
“Drew spotted out a new trail on the site and this is a good time of year to create that trail because there’s not as much underbrush to plod through,” Laura Dukett said.
Doe Run Education Works offers a space for students and groups to work on projects and features around 2.5 miles of trails, two pollinator stations and a half-acre pond near a primitive campsite. Activities at the center range from the documentation and observation of birds, to insects, trees, and fungi.
Those wishing to volunteer in the clearing of this trail should get in touch with Drew Dukett at 217-652-6388 or Laura Dukett at 217-341-5084 before arriving at the Doe Run Education Works at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Laura Dukett advised that this work will be great for those attending naturalist courses through the University of Illinois Extension Office in need of volunteer hours. While there’s not a lot of skill necessary for this kind of clearing, she said that those attending should dress appropriately.
“Dress for walking out in the woods with boots or shoes that can get dirty,” Laura Dukett said. “Bring clothes that can get dirty too, not your good ones. We have briars that could snag your clothes.”
Other items that volunteers should bring include leather gloves, water bottles, tools such as long-handled clippers or a small chainsaw. However, tools are not necessary.
All in attendance will receive a free sack lunch including dessert.
“We appreciate any and all help,” Laura Dukett said.