Opportunity Details

Kickapoo Woods - Stewardship Volunteer Days

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Description

From milkweed to goldenrod, Kickapoo's native prairie plants need your help. Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Little Calumet River. Learn to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river systems. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards 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!


24 Feb 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Location Description:  Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Contact: June Webb

Phone: (773) 813-5160

Available Positions:  24

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


23 Mar 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Location Description:  Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Contact: June Webb

Phone: (773) 813-5160

Available Positions:  25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


27 Apr 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Location Description:  Meet in the parking lot, near the canoe launch

Contact: June Webb

Phone: (773) 813-5160

Available Positions:  25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827


Meet at the Kickapoo picnic pavilion next to the model airplane field


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Secondary contact:
South Side Field Organizer Gloria Orozco
gloria@fotfp.org


Requirements & Documents
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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