Armed with trash bags and gloves provided by the Kiwanis Club of Forest Park, a group of Cub Scouts and high schoolers swarmed through the Forest Preserve on Saturday morning, sweeping up trash in Miller Meadow off of Roosevelt Road.

“Found a lifejacket!” yelled Cub Scout Jah Alleyen, a Field-Stevenson student. His cousin Evan Ramirez-Klem from Brookfield triumphantly displayed the filthy treasure before stuffing it into a trash bag.

The cleanup was sponsored as part of the Kiwanis International Day of Service. It was part of Earth Day weekend celebrations and Global Youth Day activities around the country. Some 30 volunteers gathered for donuts and juice at the Forest Park Community Center. Then, the Cub Pack and students from Proviso Math and Science Academy’s Key Club helped gather trash. The volunteers were also on the lookout to yank garlic mustard, a white-flowered non-native invasive species.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...