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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
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Cook County IL

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Website:
www.fpdcc.com/volunteer


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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

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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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 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

Description of location
Meeting locations depends on where we will be working at, Please verify location my checking http://cambr.org/workdays 4/19 workday, we will be meeting at bottom of dynamite road at 9am http://goo.gl/maps/mq9f7


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Secondary contact:
South President Burak Balkuv
bbalkuv@cambr.org


Website:
www.cambr.org


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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

Description of location
Dan Ryan Forest Preserve is a mix of deep woods with a closed canopy that keeps much from growing in the understory, more open edges where oaks preside over a mix of native and non-native grasses and flowers, and small wetlands. In the best woodland communities (found south of 87th street) grow wild geranium, jack-in-the-pulpit, Virginia waterleaf, and other spring ephemerals. The area also contains wood-chipped trails and a paved bike trail. Meet in the Dan Ryan Woods East parking lot, 2 blocks west of Damen on the north side of 87th.


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Secondary contact:
Lary Unruh
laruh@att.net


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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

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.


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Ongoing Opportunity

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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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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

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Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827

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


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


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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.


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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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)

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Description

In order to provide high quality and safe paddling experiences to event attendees, your help and expertise is needed! Spread your passion for watersport to a new audience at one of the Forest Preserves various events on weekends, weekdays, and evenings.


Schedule

Dates: 17 Jul 2019 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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


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As an Paddle Guide Volunteer, you'll be helping with a mix of the following:
* Assisting on-land with outfitting event attendees in PFDs, passing out paddles, and giving a brief instruction on canoe basics and techniques
* Helping to push out and pull in canoes from the launch area
* Assisting on the water, paddling in a canoe or kayak, giving tips and advice to attendees while they are out paddling
* Helping with rescues should the situation arise
* Taking attendees on short paddle trips

Preferred Qualifications
* Completion of a course by the American Canoe Assoc., the American Red Cross or similar organization
* Own a canoe or kayak for personal use when at event

Required Qualifications
* Strong canoe/kayak skills
* Fit and able-bodied to handle walking distances while carrying boats, towing a boat with yours, lifting boats over your head, boating in adverse conditions, etc.
* Strong interpersonal skills to interact and engage positively with the public
* Ability to follow direction
* At least 5 years of prior canoe/kayak experience
* Ability to properly tie knots to hold canoes/kayaks or willing to learn

* Background check required



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

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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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.


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Location
15891 Paxton Ave.
South Holland IL, 60473

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Secondary contact:
Assistant Director Jeanette Louis


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


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL

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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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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.

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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.


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Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
598 Thornton Lansing Rd
Thornton IL, 60476

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


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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

Description of location
Whistler Woods is at the intersection of Halsted and W. 134th Street in Riverdale, IL, just outside the Chicago city limits. The street address is 678 W. 134th Street, Riverdale.

The main Whistler parking lot is closed due to a drainage problem, so we will meet at the chained gate at the lot's entrance. There is a second parking lot directly east on W. 134rd Street below the old driving range. Street parking is also available.


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Website:
www.chicagoriver.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.




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