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Description

Make a commitment to a grove, river, lake, or trail and clean up litter at your adopted site from April thru November. We will help you choose a site and provide an Adopt-A-Site kit with everything you need for your cleanups.


Schedule

Dates: 9 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2020

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall
Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

Just about anyone can take part: individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic groups, clubs, organizations, fraternities, and faith groups

Conduct at least 8 litter cleanups per year, or once per month April to November.

The Forest Preserve District will:
* Install an adoption sign at the site after you complete your 8 cleanups
* Provide necessary permits and safety information
* Provide trash bags and gloves
* Offer ongoing access to knowledgeable staff as a resource
* Collect and dispose of filled litter bags and other debris cleared from the adoption site

A Coordinator will help connect you to an available site when you sign up for the opportunity.



Description

Join us to help restore this unique prairie and woodland ecosystem back to health! Trained leaders show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them. Depending on the season, workdays may also include native seed collection for dispersal in areas cleared of invasive species, hand pulling invasive grasses and flowers, as well as nature walks to enjoy the preserve.


Are you a group? Please note!
Group leaders must always contact the site steward first before registering for workdays:
Laura Milkert: lmilkert@fieldmuseum.org


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve
Chicago IL, 60633


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Laura Milkert
lmilkert@fieldmuseum.org
(312) 665-7444

Secondary contact


Fatimah Al-Nurridin
fatimah@fotfp.org

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday. To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, please RSVP to Laura Milkert at least two days before the event.


Are you a group? Please note!
Group leaders must always contact the site steward first before registering for workdays:
Laura Milkert: lmilkert@fieldmuseum.org



Description

The Calumet Marsh Bird Monitoring Project enlists volunteers to conduct early morning secretive marsh bird surveys at 11 wetland routes in southeast Cook County. Primary marsh bird monitors conduct 3 early morning surveys between May 1-June 15. Surveys begin half an hour before sunrise and end by three hours after sunrise. Survey data are shared with landowners in order to inform wetland restoration, which enhances important marsh habitat for both birds and people. For this training, we welcome volunteers who are interested in shadowing a marsh bird survey monitor on their assigned route or are generally interested in the details of how secretive marsh bird survey protocol works. The training will include a lecture and a field component.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Conservation Science Associate
Stephanie Beilke
sbeilke@audubon.org
(312) 450-2302 x2009

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Specialist
Mary Busch
mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov
773-631-1790, x16
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Requirements

Flexible schedule/ability to coordinate with primary monitor
Some knowledge of bird identification or interest in learning
Availability during early morning (earliest start is around 4:45 AM, ending by 9:00 AM)
Ability to walk on uneven, damp terrain
Must sign volunteer waiver with Audubon Great Lakes



Description

The trails you love to ride are built and maintained by volunteers, riders just like you. The hours are (kind of) short and the pay is low (ok, no pay), but the work is fun and you do get a free lunch and a chance to ride with the people you just met, after lunch.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings
Location
Bull Frog Lake
Willow Springs IL, 60480


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Executive Director
Jerry Stoeckigt
jstoeckigt@cambr.org


Secondary contact

South President
Burak Balkuv
bbalkuv@cambr.org

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Requirements

Be prepared for the conditions and a good hike. Some volunteers bring a change of clothes, especially during the hot summer months. In cooler weather, dress in multiple thin layers to better regulate your temperature. When it is dry, we usually do a group ride after the trail work is done (and sometimes one before as well). So bring your bike gear. We supply you with all hand tools needed. Remember to not over-exert yourself in extreme heat, use tools safely, and only use tools you are comfortable with. One thing to be careful of is poison ivy, though simple precautions will protect you most of the time.

The important stuff:
Insect repellant
Leather work gloves
Hard-soled boots
Long pants (Protection from ticks)
Hat (Protection from branch tips and thorns)
Protective eyewear (Protection from branch tips and thorns)
Hydration pack (water bottles get lost)
Hooded raincoat (if the forecast dictates)

Every volunteer must sign an annual waiver.

Lunch is provided.



Description

Dan Ryan Woods is the last remaining undeveloped portion of Blue Island, one of the highest points in Chicago and once an island in ancient Lake Chicago. The site preserves remnants of woodland and savanna plant communities. Volunteer groups have turned more attention from the playfields to the wilder parts of the preserve. The volunteers are removing invasive species, promoting native trees and wildflowers and restoring eroding slopes.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
2198 W. 87th St.
Chicago IL, 60620


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Benjmain Cox
benjamin@fotfp.org
(773) 398-1178

Secondary contact


Lary Unruh
laruh@att.net

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.

To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, please RSVP to Benjamin Cox at least two days before the event.

GROUPS ? Currently, Dan Ryan Woods workdays are not appropriate for groups of 10 or more. Please see the FPCC calendar for other workday possibilities: www.fpdcc.com/VS



Description

Help us to restore this prairie and savanna ecosystem! We are looking for a small group of adult individuals who will help us to control invasive buckthorn and other species and to encourage native plants and wildlife to return. Tools, supplies, and training will be provided.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Dolton Rd and Paxton Ave
Calumet City IL, 60409


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Genevieve Nano
gvnano@gmail.com



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Requirements

Park on Paxton Ave. near Dolton Rd.

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Wear natural fiber clothing or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

Attachments:

     Burn Call Sheet



Description

Eggers is a mosaic of wooded ridges where spring wildflowers thrive and narrow wetlands filled with sedges, marsh grasses, and waterfowl. Help remove invasive species that threaten to crowd out native plants. Trained leaders show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools. Workdays may also include native seed collection, hand pulling invasive plants, and nature walks to enjoy the preserve.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Eggers Woods Forest Preserve S Ave B
Chicago IL, 60617


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
John Pastirik
zed470812@gmail.com
(773) 991-0613

Secondary contact

Site Steward
Marianne Kozlowski
zed470812@gmail.com

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.

To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, groups (3 or more volunteers) please call John Pastirik at least two days before the event.



Description

Habitat 2030 is a group of dynamic young(ish) volunteers who care about the remarkable natural areas of the Chicago region. We are continuing the illustrious history of local volunteer stewardship and helping to build a culture of 20-30-40-somethings who will understand and care about our preserves long into the future. We gather at weekend workdays to remove invasive plants, gather and spread seeds, and more. After hard, satisfying work, we gather around the brushpile fire for brats, s'mores, and whatever else we can figure out. Everyone is welcome! We'll show you the basics and help you discover the overlooked ecological treasures within miles of our city.

View all our upcoming events on our website, www.habitat2030.org

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


habitat2030@gmail.com



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Requirements

All you need is a pair of tough shoes or boots, a sweatshirt and coat if it's cold, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, a water bottle, and a hat. We'll supply work gloves and tools. We strongly recommend against nylon or other synthetic fabrics, as sparks from the fire will melt holes in them.



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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
June Webb
jwebb58920@aol.com


Secondary contact

Field Organizer
Fatimah Al-Nurridi
fatimah@fotfp.org

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday. While this site is accessible by public transit, we can also work to arrange carpooling if desired.



Description

Join us to help remove invasive species that threaten to crowd out native plants and the wildlife in this beautiful prairie ecosystem! Trained leaders show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them. All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. Depending on the season, workdays may also include native seed collection for dispersal in areas cleared of invasive species, hand pulling invasive grasses and flowers, as well as nature walks to enjoy the preserve.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
14323 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward/Field Organizer
Fatimah Al-Nurridin
fatimah@fotfp.org
(312) 350-1557

Secondary contact

Apprentice Steward
June Webb
jwebb58920@aol.com
(773) 874-3980
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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.



Description

Litter threatens the health and beauty of our natural areas. Show that you care and inspire others to care by cleaning up your favorite grove, trail or shoreline.


Schedule

Dates: 20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2023

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall
Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Specialist
Kevin Kuhn
Kevin.Kuhn@cookcountyil.gov



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Requirements

- This is a self-led project
- We will provide gloves, trash bags, preparation and safety information (see attachment called "document")
- Volunteers should dress to be outside. Wear layers, sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty (see attachment called "what to wear/bring")
- You can customize your day by adding educational & recreational activities
- Once you apply for this Opportunity, a staff member will contact you to set up the details of your group cleanup

Be prepared to tell us:
1. How many people are in your group (up to 100)
2. Your preferred site. If you do not have a preference, we can help you find one close to you
3. Your preferred date and time (cleanups can take place April thru November and typically last two hours)

Attachments:

     What to wear/bring



Description

Join CNIP -Community and Neighborhood Improvement Project, Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, Out Our Front Door, and the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago as they lead volunteers at various locations on the Major Taylor Trail during the 2019 outdoor walking/cycling season.

Support the liberating power of biking, walking, and advocating for our community. Volunteer for one of our Spring/Summer Major Taylor Trail Community Clean Up Days.

Find out More and Sign up Here

Learn More about the Fundraiser Event Here


Schedule

Dates: 28 Feb 2019 - 3 Aug 2019

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Major Taylor Trail
Chicago IL, 60643


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Dr. Brenda M. Dixon
bdixon@cnipchicago.org



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Description

You'll never believe you are in Chicago city limits in this rare dune-and-swale landscape. It's the most biologically rich area in the City home to ~250 plant species, 2,500 insects and 40 - 100 different kinds of birds, depending on the season. We remove invasive plants, collect native seeds, and enjoy the beauty on the 3rd Saturday of the month (usually) from 9 - noon. Join us as we help care for this unique place. Tools, training, and any guidance provided.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Powderhorn Lake Forest Preserve 14017 S Brainard Ave
Burnham IL, 60633


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Alice Brandon
alicebran1972@gmail.com
(312) 286-6937

Secondary contact

Site Steward
Douglas Chien
dskchien@sbcglobal.net

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Requirements

Please wear sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and your own drinking water. Volunteer day starts at 9 am and ends at noon. We meet at the east end of the parking lot. Please RSVP if possible to ensure we bring enough supplies. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This opportunity is not appropriate for groups of 5 or more.



Description

Help take care of Sand Ridge Nature Center with removal of invasive plants.  Come out to this spectacular place and do some good work for nature and friends.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
15891 Paxton Ave.
South Holland IL, 60473


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Nancy Joseph
njoseph2008@aol.com
(773) 562-6177

Secondary contact

Assistant Director
Jeanette Louis

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Requirements

*Volunteer will help remove invasive plants like garlic mustard and buckthorn.
*Must be able to work outdoors and have knowledge of working outdoors safely.
*Should be able to use simple tools including loppers and hand saws.



Description

This is the Notification List for the Trail Watch - New Volunteer Training.

You can also see if there are any currently scheduled classes.

Be a part of the Trail Watch Volunteer Program. Attendance at a Trail Watch Volunteer New Volunteer Training session is required to be a Trail Watch Volunteer for 2018. Learn about the program, meet key people and socialize with fellow volunteers.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790 x22


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Requirements

The 2018 classes will be offered in January, April, July and October.

Become additional eyes and ears of our Law Enforcement Department. Be a visible presence to help make our Preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors, as you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.

A background check is required. See the attached document for a full Trail Watch Volunteer position description.

Attachments:

     Position Description



Description

The sandy soil of Wampum Lake supports unique plant life such as skunk cabbage and cinnamon ferns. Loons, eagles and osprey stop over at the preserve on their annual migration south in fall. Natural springs create wet, marshy areas in the woods. Help us to remove invasive plants that are crowding this ecosystem. We'll cut and remove invasive brush in the winter or pull invasive plants in the spring. Tools, supplies, and training will be provided.


This opportunity is for small groups, if you like to bring out your group of 5-10 individuals, please contact the Site Steward.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
598 Thornton Lansing Rd
Thornton IL, 60476


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Genevieve Nano
gvnano@gmail.com
(773) 803-5555

Secondary contact

Steward
Daniel Spencer
Daniel.Spencer@cookcountyil.gov
708 246 4006
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Requirements

Park on Thornton Lansing Rd. west of Thorn Creek Division Headquarters.

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Wear natural fiber clothing or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

Please pre-register for workdays.



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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Sunday: Evenings, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Saturday: Evenings
Location
Whistler Woods Forest Preserve 678 W. 134th St
Riverdale IL, 60827


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Field Organizer
Fatimah Al-Nuriddin
fatimah@fotfp.org
(312) 350-1557

Secondary contact

Steward Workday Leaders
Ron Rodriguez
rodriguezron@comcast.net

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.




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