Wednesday, February 4

Woodland Restoration for Landowners



February 12 program:  Woodland Restoration for Landowners


Learn about the natural history of woodlands; methods to restore open woodland communities; and the benefits of woodland management to wildlife.

Presenter Bob Gillespie is a Natural Resources Coordinator for the Heritage Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Bob has conducted woodland restorations in southeast Missouri for the Missouri Department of Conservation and in the southern till plain of Illinois.

The program will be held at 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)

Friday, January 23

Time Change for Carbondale meeting!!

Dear Sierra Club Member,
Please note that the venue and time for the Carbondale session has been changed:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)

Special presentation January 28 and 29

Dear Sierra Club Member,
community reinvestment photo
You are invited to a special listening session -- Community Choice-Reinvesting in the Heartland -- presented by our partners, Shawnee Hills and Hollers and Eco-Justice Collaborative. 
Together you will explore possibilities to create communities in economic, environmental, and socioeconomic sustainability in Illinois.
The presentation illustrates how an economy based primarily on coal has significant social cost and long term liabilities. Following is a Q&A and open discussion for alternatives to create vibrant and diversified economies.
For more info call Georgia at 618-579-4343.
Upcoming Presentations
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
City Hall, 28 South Washington Street
DuQuoin, Illinois (Perry County)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Carbondale Township Hall, 217 East Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Carnegie Library, 206 South Market Street
Marion, Illinois (Williamson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
1306 South Pope
Benton, Illinois (Franklin County)

Tuesday, January 13

Monsters of the Paleozoic January 19 at 2PM

Daytime program January 19!  2pm! Please note special time

A program on “Monsters of the Paleozoic” will be given by Joe Devera, Senior Paleontologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey.  Joe will talk about numerous creatures that attained great size compared to their modern counterparts. A short survey of the Paleozoic Periods and examples of large organisms from each Period will be discussed.

The program will be held at the REAR entrance of 216 East Monroe Street (rear entrance of 217 East Main Street) in Carbondale, Illinois on Monday, January 19 at 2:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)


Saturday, December 20

OPEN House January 5 - Learn about the Master Naturalist training Program



The University of Illinois Extension will host a Master Naturalist  open house at Carbondale Township Hall, 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m on Monday, January 5.

Become a Master NATURALIST!  Twelve exiting sessions! Bonus field trips!  Emphasis on the unique plants, animals and ecosystems of southern Illinois. Enrollment is limited!

Come and see what the Master Naturalist program has to offer you and what you can offer to the program.


Attend the Open House and find out if the program is for you.  For additional information contact the Extension office (Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson counties): Tel. 618-687-1727

Picnic at Giant City New Years Day!



Polar Bear Alert!  Brave the Cold!  Defy the Elements!

Join the Sierra Club, Shawnee Group for our traditional outdoor picnic on New Year's Day, January 1st. from 11 am til 3 pm.  Meet us at Shelter No. 2 in beautiful Giant City State Park for a potluck picnic featuring hot soup to warm your cold hands!  Attendees are invited to bring a soup ingredient (pre-cooked) and/or a dish to pass and reusable table service.

This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy Hikes, Fun, Food, & fire to keep you warm! Sierra Club members can bring along their ballots for ExCom board members to the event.
Call Barb at 529-4824 for more information.

Sunday, November 30

Monthly Program and Dinner December 11



The monthly dinner for the Sierra Club, Shawnee Group will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 5 pm at  Fujiyama          715 N Giant City Road Carbondale      549-200

If you plan to attend, please let me know by phone (684-2196) or email by Wednesday morning.  Thanks.

The program for the month is Soundscapes for Art and Science, presented by Jay Needham.

Presenter Jay Needham, is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer, teacher and scholar. His sound art, works for radio and visual art have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves worldwide.. He is the President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. He is Associate Professor in the department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media at SIU.

The talk will focus on the sound spectrum as a medium
for both artistic creation and scientific inquiry. He will present on a number of projects that feature his field recordings from Illinois and from around the globe.

The program will be held at the REAR entrance of 217 East Main Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)