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Kimmel Student Involvment Center

What is Willoughby Farm?

Willoughby Farm is part of the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD). It is a place where the history of the area comes alive through historic structures, original tools, replica gardens, and a restored environment. Along with housing historic structures, farm tools and live animals, CARD staff has created more than three miles of hiking trails along the woodland and prairie and is working to restore the land as part of its conservation mission.

Willoughby Farm is located at 631 Willoughby Lane in Collinsville, Ill.

What will the volunteers do?

There are several volunteer opportunities at Willoughby Farm. Volunteers have been removing invasive species from the Conservation Reserve and restoring it to a native Illinois woodland, savanna, and prairie. Other volunteers have built benches and bird sanctuaries and have helped to restore buildings on the grounds. Others have helped to tend to the animals and plant and harvest the gardens. The produce is then donated to area food pantries.

No experience is necessary; staff at the farm will provide you with all the information and guidance you need.

  • Participants need to wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Transportation will be provided.
  • Free – however, advance registration is required.
  • RSVP through GetInvolved@SIUE (click on the links below & RSVP through the event page).

Fall 2019 Project Dates

Saturdays (9 a.m. – noon)

August 24

September 28

November 16

Questions? Email Carolyn  Compton.

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