Opportunity Details

National Grove - Stewardship Volunteer Days

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Description

Please create a Volunteer Profile HERE prior to attending the stewardship day.

Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.

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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!


15 Jun 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: National Grove-North Parking Lot

Contact: Adrian Fisher

Phone: (708) 574-9830

Notes: Depending on the season, volunteers might remove invasive species such as buckthorn or garlic mustard or collect and sow seeds of desirable native plants, but we''ll always be learning and having fun outdoors. Available Positions:  15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


20 Jul 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: National Grove-North Parking Lot

Contact: Adrian Fisher

Phone: (708) 574-9830

Notes: Depending on the season, volunteers might remove invasive species such as buckthorn or garlic mustard or collect and sow seeds of desirable native plants, but we''ll always be learning and having fun outdoors. Available Positions:  15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


17 Aug 2024

Stewardship Volunteer Days

Meeting Place: National Grove-North Parking Lot

Contact: Adrian Fisher

Phone: (708) 574-9830

Notes: Depending on the season, volunteers might remove invasive species such as buckthorn or garlic mustard or collect and sow seeds of desirable native plants, but we''ll always be learning and having fun outdoors. Available Positions:  15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sign Up Individual Sign Up Group


Location
National Grove--North
North Riverside IL, 60546



Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Secondary contact:
Ann Petric
annpetric2240@comcast.net


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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