CHICAGO | Cub Scouts of Pack 773, which meet at Annunciata Parish on the East Side, represented the neighborhood at the Block Party on May 18 at Eggers Woods at 112th Street and Avenue E celebrating Urban Biodiversity Week, which was May 13 to 19.
The event was part of the National Urban Biodiversity Week, a seven-city collaboration to bring urban dwellers into contact with local flora and fauna. Locally that occured in the Millennium Reserve: Calumet Core area.
The Scouts took a two-mile nature hike hosted by neighborhood naturalist John Pastrik who not only helped them identify trees but wildflowers and most importantly poison ivy. The Scouts learned about different animals during a presentation by Jerry Attere, of Sandrige Nature Center in South Holland, and all youth in attendance received a bicycle helmet courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.