Help Build the Signal Hill - Belleville Outdoor Pollinator Classroom

We're working with residents of the West End of Belleville, the City of Belleville, and Blessed Sacrament School to create an outdoor classroom on a vacant lot in the Signal Hill Neighborhood. Goal: increase the number and type of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, while beautifying the neighborhood and improving water quality.

Volunteer working days are scheduled to remove invasive species and plant pollinator plants:

Saturday, July 15, 7 am - 11 am

Saturday, August 5, 7 am - 11 am

Thursday, October 12, 9 am

Friday, October 13, 9 am

Saturday, October 14, 9 am (Community Planting Day)


Volunteers of any age and experience are welcome! We will provide tools, water, and instructions. You bring the elbow grease!

Directions to site: Park at Signal Hill Elementary or along Signal Park Lane next to the Signal Hill Bike Trail. Walk southeast along the Bike Trail. The outdoor classroom site will be located on the right before you get to Superior Drive. Contact Sarah Vogt with questions: 618-566-4451 ext 23 sarah.vogt@heartlandsconservancy.org

Funding for this project is generously provided by Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, American Water Environmental Grant, Clif Bar Family Foundation, and Private Donations.


Transforming vacant lots into native habitat, rain gardens, and pocket parks for neighborhood health, vitality, and enjoyment.

Vacant lots effect neighborhood stability and pride. They cost communities to maintain, become unsafe dumping grounds, can demoralize the neighborhood, and ultimately discourage investment. Studies from around the US have shown that cleaning up and reusing vacant lots can have a positive impact on the neighborhood's vibrancy and vitality of the greater community.

The Lots of Love Initiative (LoL) will help stabilize and improve the appearance and quality of life in Metro East neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots and native plant habitat, rain gardens, pollinator meadows, and recreation spaces. These efforts will increase biodiversity, support pollinators, absorb pollutants, capture/filter stormwater runoff, reduce maintenance costs, and provide places to socialize and play.