Are you interested in helping the ravines of the Lake Michigan watershed? Then register to attend the Revitalizing Our Ravines: Community Workshop 2016 in Chicago on June 1, 2016.

The workshop is bringing together homeowners, experts in ravine management and climate change, and community leaders.

“It’s important to bring all these people together to manage ravines in a sustainable way,” said Ethan Brown, the resilience coordinator at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “We need long-term solutions.”

He said a number of things are harming the health of ravines, including storm water, climate change, and invasive species.

You can find Lake Michigan’s ravine system along the shoreline in Lake County and northern Cook County. Ravines are steep valleys that are created when moving water cuts into the land. If nothing is done to help, ravines will continue to erode at a faster rate. They will become muddy and dangerous areas, and those who live near the ravines will be put at risk.

If left uncared for, these ravines can become unsafe ditches that destabilize bridges and sewer lines, erode property, and increase pollution in Lake Michigan.

Around 250 community residents, experts, and elected officials will be discussing threats to ravines, such as climate change and stormwater.

The workshop will allow attendees to connect with others who care about ravines and will give examples of how homeowners can safely engage in ravine landscaping.

The event costs $25 to attend, and those interested should register by May 22 online. The event includes a complimentary evening cocktail reception.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Openlands, and The Field Museum are hosting the event. If you are unable to make the workshop, join the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ ravine email list.

The event is 12:30-7:30 p.m., June 1 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Nichols Hall, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.