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Thank you for your interest in this program! At this time, we are no longer assigning sites for adoption. You may sign up for a similar opportunity, SOLO

**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

Ongoing Opportunity

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
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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

Take a virtual tour of Beaubien! We hope this will encourage you to visit Beaubien Woods and join us at our Stewardship Days!


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Location
Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve
Chicago IL, 60633

Description of location
Volunteers should meet at the forest preserve's only picnic shelter, which is adjacent to Flatfoot Lake. Take the Bishop Ford/I-94 to the Beaubien Woods Exit #69, just south of 130th Street. If you are coming from the south, exit at 130th Street and loop back onto the expressway so that you can get off at the Beaubien Woods Exit. After taking exit #69, turn right at the T and follow the road to the parking lot and picnic shelter.


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Secondary contact:
Lorena Lopez
llopez@fieldmuseum.org


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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

Come volunteer to collect and distribute ripe seed in local natural areas. Enjoy nature, relax, learn basic plant identification skills and responsible seed collecting techniques, and help your local forest preserve. Come for one session or all!

Please register using the following "Sign up HERE" links.


Beaubien
Thursday, September 2 & 23, October 21 10-1pm
Saturday, October 2 10-1pm
Sign up HERE

Eggers
Tuesday, August 24 12-3pm
Wednesday, September 22 1-3:30pm
Tuesday, October 19 11-1:30pm
Sign up HERE

Kickapoo
August 20, 24 & 31 9:30-12pm
Saturday, August 28 and September 25 10-1pm
September 10, 17 & 30 9:30-12
Sign up HERE

Whistler
Wednesdays 11-12:30pm through the end of September
Sign up HERE


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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: Fall
Location

Description of location
Various Forest Preserves sites in south Cook County.


Contact Info

Contact person


Secondary contact:
Friends of the Forest Preserves Gloria Orozco
gloria@fotfp.org


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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.



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

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Location
Eggers Woods Forest Preserve S Ave B
Chicago IL, 60617

Description of location
Eggers Woods is composed of woodlands, savannas, and wetlands. It is one of the few remaining marshes in the entire Chicago metropolitan region where yellow-headed blackbirds and Virginia rails nest. It's varied natural areas make it attractive to migrating birds as well. The entrance to Eggers Woods is off 112th Street by the Burnham Greenway. The access road and parking lots wind south through the preserve.


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Secondary contact:
Site Steward Marianne Kozlowski
zed470812@gmail.com


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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

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

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827

Description of location
Meet at the Kickapoo picnic pavilion next to the model airplane field


Contact Info

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


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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

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.

"Litter Hot Spots" Click here for our list!


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

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* This is your self-led project! You may lead your group on any day and at any open Forest Preserves site.
* Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page before volunteering for closure information, important updates, safety precautions, and bathrooms. Stay 6 ft away from others.
* FOR VOLUNTEER SAFETY: Park only in Forest Preserves lots; walk only on Forest Preserves property; avoid moving traffic; Stay at least 20 feet away from roadsides.
* If you encounter non-emergency issues at a site call the Forest Preserve police at 708.771.1001 or in case of emergency, 911. Do not confront visitors.
* Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
* Bring your own snacks and water bottles.
* Place trash in Forest Preserves trash bins in parking lots. If blue recycling bin present, use it. If bin is overflowing, please find another trash can to dispose of litter.
* We provide disposable gloves and bags to groups. You are welcome to bring pick-up tools, if you have them. Get creative! Old salad or barbecue tongs work!
* Please record group volunteer hours online in your profile after workday.
* Customize your day by adding fun group educational & recreational activities
* Once you apply for this Opportunity, a staff member will contact you to confirm details of your group workday and where you can pickup your disposable gloves and bags.

Be prepared to tell us:
1. Your preferred date and time; typically 2-3 hours any day between March and November.
2. Estimated number of volunteers in your group. Max # 100; 30 or less is preferred at any one FPCC site.
3. Your preferred site. Please choose from Forest Preserves online map: https://map.fpdcc.com/

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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

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Powderhorn Lake Forest Preserve 14017 S Brainard Ave
Burnham IL, 60633

Description of location
Powderhorn Prairie is located on the east side of Brainard Ave. just south of Burnham Ave. on the border of Chicago and the Village of Burnham, Illinois.


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Secondary contact:
Site Steward Douglas Chien
dskchien@sbcglobal.net


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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

This is for any individual Forest Preserves volunteer, new or experienced, to record their hours for picking up litter at any site and at anytime the Forest Preserves is open.

Link to Litter Hotspots List


Schedule

Dates: 4 May 2020 - 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

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eCoordinator description of location


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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

* Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for closure information, important updates, safety precautions, and bathrooms. Stay 6 ft away from others.
* FOR VOLUNTEER SAFETY: Park only in Forest Preserves lots; walk only on Forest Preserves property; avoid moving traffic; Stay at least 20 feet away from roadsides.
* If you encounter non-emergency issues at a site call the Forest Preserve police at 708.771.1001 or in case of emergency, 911. Do not confront visitors.
* Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
* Bring your own snack and water bottle.
* Place trash in Forest Preserves trash bins in parking lots. If blue recycling bin present, use it. If bin is overflowing, please find another trash can to dispose of litter.
* Please bring your own supplies; gloves, bags, and pick-up tools, if you have them. Get creative! Old salad or barbecue tongs work!
* Please record your volunteer hours online in your profile after each volunteer visit.



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. Learn about the program, meet key people and socialize with fellow volunteers.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Description of location


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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Requirements

Training sessions are offered in January, April, July and October. Due to the pandemic, the July training is being rescheduled for a later date.

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.

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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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Location
Whistler Woods Forest Preserve
Riverdale IL

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Requirements

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

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

* Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time




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