Learning Lab: Spring Brook Creek Restoration Project

Learning Lab: Spring Brook Creek Restoration Project
Spring Brook is a tributary to the West Branch of the DuPage River that recently underwent a two-phase restoration project that focused on improving habitat and water quality, creating better conditions for wildlife, and providing visitors with impressive views of the surrounding prairies, wetlands, and woodlands. Funded by the Illinois Tollway to mitigate effects of the rebuilding of the Tri-State Tollway (294), this 2-year project has a footprint of around 100 acres with 22 acres of new wetlands created. Come listen to Scott Meister of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County as he talks about his experience, discusses stream restoration techniques, and identifies the different aspects of managing such a large-scale project. This session is sponsored by IPRA’s new Forest Preserve and Conservation Section.

Learning Objectives:
1) Learn stream restoration techniques to improve habitat 2) discuss the many aspects needed to implement a large project (including permitting, bidding, contractor management) 3) learn how to navigate project challenges including long-term management of the site.

Who Should Attend:
Park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals interested in learning more about the Spring Brook Creek Restoration Project and the things staff at the DuPage Country Forest Preserve District learned along the way.

To Register:
 Login to your IPRA account, select "Register Myself", then register for the event. If you do not have one, create an account (membership not required), then register for the event. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 26, 2021.


How to Participate:
 The event will take place live via Zoom Webinar. It is not required to have an account, but the web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first meeting from a computer. Attendees can also participate from a smart device using the Zoom app, or can use the call-in feature. Upon registering for the event with IPRA, participants will be emailed an invitation from Zoom with a unique join link. If you have not received the invitation by 9:00 a.m. on October 28, please contact Duane Smith at [email protected]

Live Transcriptions: Live transcriptions are available to participants for no additional charge.

CEUs: Event is approved for 0.1 CEUs and will only be awarded to those in live attendance for a minimum of 45 minutes (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, CTRS). 

Questions: Contact Marty Jandura at [email protected] or IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected]

10/28/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On-Line Via Zoom Webinar


Thursday, 28 October 2021

Scott Meister is the Manager of Natural Resources for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and has been on staff since 2002. Scott has a passion for wildlife and began his career as an ecologist. He continues to participate in programs that restore habitat and promote wildlife diversity in DuPage County.

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