Date(s) - 02/26/2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Giant City State Park
Plants of Concern Program at Giant City State Park on Sunday, February 26th from 2-3 pm.
– The unglaciated terrain of extreme southern Illinois is home to a variety of plant species not
found in the rest of the state, making many of them rare in Illinois. Yet the resources available to monitor and
protect them are more limited. To alleviate this, the Plants of Concern (POC) program based out of the Chicago
Botanic Garden seeks volunteers to help monitor rare plants. Housed in the Gibson lab at Southern Illinois
University, coordinator Chris Benda organizes volunteer community scientists to monitor rare plants and report
population data. Join us as Chris explains the goals of the program and hopes for the future of the effort.
This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, contact the Giant
City Visitor Center at 618-457-4836.
Giant City State Park is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The mission of the IDNR
is to manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public’s
understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science, and public safety of
Illinois’ natural resources for present and future generations.