Opportunity Details

Whistler Woods - Volunteer Stewardship Days

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Description

Whistler Woods contains oaks up to 300 years old, but invasive brush prevents their acorns from sprouting. Come join a volunteer crew that will cut back the invasives and improve the habitat at this preserve. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent/guardian or attend with a chaperoned organized youth group (school, scouts, church). Volunteers under age 18 must have their volunteer waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Schedule

Schedule Slots Available!


30 Nov 2022

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Half way through the lot, on left side.

Contact: Gloria Orozco

Phone: (312) 838-0185

Available Positions:  15

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


14 Dec 2022

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Half way through the lot, on left side.

Contact: Gloria Orozco

Phone: (312) 838-0185

Available Positions:  15

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


17 Dec 2022

Stewardship Volunteer Days: Out In Nature

Meeting Place: End of parking lot

Contact: Mat Goertel

Phone: (708) 320-9669

Available Positions:  24

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


21 Jan 2023

Stewardship Volunteer Days: Out In Nature

Meeting Place: End of parking lot

Contact: Mat Goertel

Phone: (708) 320-9669

Available Positions:  25

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


18 Feb 2023

Stewardship Volunteer Days: Out In Nature

Meeting Place: End of parking lot

Contact: Mat Goertel

Phone: (708) 320-9669

Available Positions:  25

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


Location
Whistler Woods Forest Preserve
Riverdale IL



Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Secondary contact:
Gloria Orozco
gloria@fotfp.org


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Requirements

Requirements
All volunteers need to complete the volunteer agreement and waiver form in order to participate. Be prepared for variable weather, uneven terrain, standing and/or walking for two or more hours, working near a fire, and hazardous insects and plants. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent/guardian or attend with a chaperoned organized youth group (school, scouts, church). Volunteers under age 18 must have their volunteer waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

What to Expect
Stewardship volunteers help to restore natural habitat by performing seasonal restoration tasks. The work may include removing weeds and invasive vegetation, cutting and burning invasive woody plants, collecting and spreading native seed, and collecting trash. These tasks may incorporate the use of tools, including hand saws, loppers, pruning shears, trowels, shovels, rakes, and other hand tools (manual). All necessary tools, supplies, gloves, and training will be provided.

Safety
While we strive to create the safest environment possible, it is impossible to eliminate all potential hazards when working outside in nature. Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and other seasonally appropriate clothing that can get dirty. Bring a water bottle. Hazards may include stinging or biting insects, poison ivy, walking on uneven terrain, a fire to burn cut brush, and inclement weather.
All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service. Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions. DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you: 1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control 2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections.




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