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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

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. 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 and stewards through on-going education and training.

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Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Blue Star Memorial Woods E Lake Ave,
Glenview IL, 60025


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

North Branch Field Organizer
Derek Ziomber
derek@fotfp.org


Secondary contact

Stewardship Workday Leader
Rett Donnelly
rett.donnelly@gmail.com

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially when brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join the North Branch Restoration Project with the Centennial Volunteers to restore this oak woodland to its former beauty! This 76-acre site is new to restoration and will depend on the community of volunteers to remove invasive species, spread native seed, and much more. Large pin oaks are a unique feature of this preserve, which is also home to some beautiful spring ephemerals.


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Location
6639 W. Harts Road
Niles IL, 60714


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

North Branch Field Organizer
Derek Ziomber
derek@fotfp.org
(312) 401-1041

Secondary contact


Katie Miller
katie.l.manion@gmail.com

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Requirements

* Wear long sleeves, long slacks or jeans, and sturdy shoes

*Natural fiber clothing (wool or cotton) works best, especially when burning brush piles

* Multiple layers on cool days allow you to shed a layer as the day warms

* We provide gloves and the necessary tools



Description

This beautiful preserve is just one example of the rich diversity that once was the vast Illinois landscape. Its open savanna, oak woodland and river bluff ecosystems offer interesting views in all seasons. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting these high quality natural areas.

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Location
N Caldwell Ave and N Tonty Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Erin Faulkner
ehaase1@hotmail.com
(708) 220-5606

Secondary contact


Rebecca Blazer
rebecca_blazer@hotmail.com
(773) 972-8080
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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Camp Pine contains a wide variety of natural areas, including sedge meadow, savanna, swamp white oak flatwoods, upland oak-hickory woodlands, and oak-maple forests. Join us as we monitor and restore this site.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Camp Pine W Lake Ave & N Des Plaines River Road
Glenview IL, 60056


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Requirements

Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

It is not necessary to pre-register, but if you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.



Description

An important corridor for migratory birds, Forest Glen is part of the Lower North Branch Preserves. This unique woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem needs help from our volunteer community to remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion issues.


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Location
Forest Glen Woods 5420 N Forest Glen Ave
Chicago IL, 60630


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Stewardship Workday Leader
Bill Tucker
tucker.wm@gmail.com



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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially when brushpiles may be burned.



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

Harms Flatwoods is dominated by huge bur and swamp white oaks, with an understory of black ash, winterberry, hazelnut and other native trees and shrubs. Flatwoods communities are very wet in the spring and fall rainy seasons because a clay pan underlying the top layers of soil tends to hold water. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers in removing invasive species, allowing the rich understory of this unique ecosystem to thrive.

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Location
Woods Drive & Golf Road, across from the Holocaust Museum
Skokie IL, 60077


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Steward
Jette Thomassen
jette@thomassen.us


Secondary contact

Steward
Neil Peck
npeck@snpeck.com

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove invasive European buckthorn, brush and weeds from this fine oak woodland situated along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the village of Glenview.The woodland east of the River includes a mixture of upland woods, floodplain and wet woods. The close-by North Branch bike trail offers glimpses of the river interspersed with woodland vistas.

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Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Harms Woods-Central
Morton Grove IL, 60053


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Karen Glennemeier
kglennemeier@gmail.com


Secondary contact

Steward
Lisa Culp Musgrave

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove invasive European buckthorn, brush and weeds from this fine oak woodland situated along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the village of Glenview. Harms Woods is notable for its rich native flora. The plant list includes over 350 native species, over 40 percent of which are conservative species found almost exclusively in healthy, intact ecosystems.

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Location
Glenview Woods
Glenview IL, 60025


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Regional Steward
Jane Balaban
balx2@comcast.net
(847) 644-8184

Secondary contact

Master Steward
John Balaban
balx2@comcast.net
312-351-1254
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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

This site sits along the south bank of the Chicago River. The woodland is dominated by majestic ancient Bur Oaks and filled with wild hyacinth in the spring. An adjacent old field is being restored to prairie. Join the North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as they work to protect the site from weedy invasive species and other threats.

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Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
5901 N Central Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Jonathan Sladek
IRWfriends@gmail.com
(847) 858-2242


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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Kloempken Prairie contains a wide variety of remnant natural areas, including prairie, sedge meadow, savanna, swamp white oak flatwoods, upland oak-hickory woodlands, and oak-maple forests, all in about a 120 acre area. Join Kloempken Prairie restoration volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other invasive species, such as garlic mustard.

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Location
Oakton Community College 1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines IL, 60016


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Steward
Bob Hostettler
prairiebob@msn.com



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Requirements

Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

It is not necessary to pre-register, but if you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.

Meet at Oakton Community College Parking Lot C



Description

This uncommon woodland community encompasses wet savanna, marsh, and mature floodplain woods, and is dominated by swamp white oaks. Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn how to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health to our forest preserves and river system. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Location
5275 N. Cicero
Chicago IL, 60646


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Jeff Skrentny
SkrentnySpeaks@me.com
(773) 677-8852

Secondary contact


Amanda Tichacek
amanda.tichacek@gmail.com

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Requirements

Dress for the weather.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat during Spring and Summer.

If you plan to bring a group of 5 or more, please let the steward know ahead of time.

Attachments:

     Burn Call Sheet - Day Of



Description

This 30 acre prairie has been impacted by agriculture, garbage dumping, and used for limestone spoil. Volunteers have dedicated themselves to restoring this land and protecting the adjacent high quality prairie remnant, oak-hickory forest, and riparian areas from invasive species and other threats. Experience the beauty of its re-establishment and the return of wildlife.

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Location
Dempster and Lehigh
Morton Grove IL, 60053


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
John Thill
john.c.thill@gmail.com
(847) 966-0231


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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Linne Woods features a variety of spring and summer wildflowers with a canopy of oaks and hickories and an understory of ironwood and black cherry. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting the native woodland ecosystem.

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Location
Linne Woods
Morton Grove IL, 60053


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Marian Thill
john.c.thill@gmail.com
(847) 966-0231


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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.

For information and/or directions the day of the workday, please call 847-840-9694

Please do not arrive late -- you may not be able to find us.



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)

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     What to wear/bring



Description

Miami Woods and Prairie contain important remnants of the original grasslands and woodlands that formed the natural heritage of the greater Chicago area. From the bike path you can see and enjoy nature in the river, woodlands and the Miami Prairie. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting the native woodland and prairie ecosystems.

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Location
Miami Woods Caldwell & Cleveland
Morton Grove IL, 60053


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Master Steward
Kent Fuller
kjfullergv@comcast.net
(847) 721-9332

Secondary contact


Jerry Fuller

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Restoration work via permit only.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Midway Woods
Northbrook IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Advocate
John Cherry
volunteer.fpd@cookcountyil.gov



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Requirements

All work must be within the guidelines of the annual permit. Any additional work must be approved first by regional ecologist.

Attachments:

     Burn Call Sheet - Day Of



Description

This old oxbow in the Chicago River's North Branch is a combination of low, wet prairie soils and slightly higher mesic prairie soils. A small open savanna lies northwest of Bunker Hill savanna. The mesic prairie had an abundance of Eurasion grasses, Queen Anne's lace, and tall goldenrod. With management, the more conservative prairie plants such as northern dropseed, stiff goldenrod, golden alexanders and big bluestem grass are returning.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
N Caldwell Ave & N Tonty Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Master Steward
Neil Peck
npeck@snpeck.com



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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Dwight Perkins Woods is the only Forest Preserve in Evanston. It is named for the originator of the Forest Preserve District, Dwight Perkins. It is a small 7.5 acre native woodland adjacent to Lincolnwood School. It is a popular birding spot and is distinctive for the beauty of its spring wildflowers. Invasive species removal of buckthorn, honeysuckle and garlic mustard, and cleanup, are our major workday activities.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Winter
Location
Perkins Woods
Evanston IL, 60201


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Libby Hill
libbyhill@comcast.net
(847) 475-2096


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Requirements

We work in all weather, so appropriate dress is important. Wear boots.

Work gloves and tools (loppers and saws) are provided for cutting buckthorn and honeysuckle. Please bring water, a hot drink, and anything else you might want while working in winter



Description

Before we know it, the seasons will turn and it'll be time for Fall Fest. Friendly volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up the day before, to greet visitors on event day, help with kids crafts and more.


Experience a full day of festivities by supporting our 9am-4pm shift. For those who cannot commit to the full shift, split-shifts are available from 9am-1pm and 12pm-4pm.



Schedule

Dates: 15 Aug 2019 - 31 Dec 2019

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Location
3120 N. Milwaukee
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Assistant Director
Brian Winters
rivertrail.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov
(847) 824-8360

Secondary contact

Volunteer Program Coordinator
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

- Assist Nature Center staff in leading crafts for children, greeting visitors, storytelling and more

- Assignments will be given the day of the event and will vary based on interest, experience and skill

- Volunteers under age 18 must bring a signed Waiver the day of the event. See the attachment called "Volunteer Waiver"

- Parking is limited on-site. Additional parking is available a short walk from Lake Avenue Woods and Allison Woods picnic groves

- Continental breakfast and lunch provided for volunteers

- Dress for the weather - volunteers will be both inside and outside

- Online registration and criminal background check required



Description

Robinson Woods is a popular resting spot for migrating birds, notably spring warblers, who use the river as a corridor. The river adds interest to the topography, as high ground and bluffs open up to floodplains and dramatic views. In the remnant prairie patches, white wild indigo, nodding onion, goldenrods and blazing star lure monarchs and other butterflies. Join a volunteer workday and help increase biodiversity in the forest preserves.


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Location
Winona Ave and North River Road
Schiller Park IL, 60176


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Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Cathy Bloome
catbloome@gmail.com
(847) 455-4405


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Requirements

* 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
*Groups of 5 or more need to contact the Site Steward before signing up



Description

This uncommon woodland community encompasses wet savanna, marsh, and mature floodplain woods, and is dominated by swamp white oaks. Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn how to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health to our forest preserves and river system. Our goal is to grow a community who will become caretakers through on-going education and training.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
LaBagh Woods
Chicago IL, 60630


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Larry Hodak
quemac@aol.com


Secondary contact


Pete Leki
petelekisan@gmail.com

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Schiller Woods contains a pocket of remnant prairie, sedge meadow, and wetland harboring a colorful variety of plants and insects, including some uncommon plant species. Stewards from the Des Plaines River Valley Restoration Project host monthly volunteer workdays here to benefit the plants and animals.


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Location
Schiller Woods North
Chicago IL, 60634


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Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Cathy Bloome
catbloome@gmail.com
(847) 455-4405


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Requirements

* 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
*Groups of 5 or more need to contact the Site Steward before signing up



Description

The Skokie Lagoons preserve is a network of forest, artificial lagoons, channels, and islands. Known to the Potawatomi people as "Chewab Skokie" or "big wet prairie", the area was well known as wildlife habitat. Our stewardship work seeks to reestablish healthy woodland, savanna, and prairie habitats.

Join stewardship volunteers from BackYard Nature Center in restoring habitat at Skokie Lagoons and for environmental educational opportunities. You can also follow them on Facebook!


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Location
Lagoon No. 4 750 Forestway Drive
Winnetka IL, 60093


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Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Site Steward
Gary Morrissey
gmorrissey001@comcast.net



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Requirements

Meeting place/work area along the west side of Forestway Drive, approximately 0.2 mile north of Tower Road.

Coordinates of the meeting place are 42.11900 N, 87.76702 W
For mapping purposes, the approximate address of the site is 750 Forestway Drive, Winnetka (right on the border with Glencoe).

Park on the gravel shoulders along Forestway Drive, or in the bike trail parking lot on the south side of Tower Road, just west of Forestway. The approximate address of the bike trail lot is 1750 Tower Road, Winnetka (42.115820 N, 87.770920 W); the walk from the bike trail lot to the work site is approximately 0.4 mile - follow the bike trail east/north from the parking lot.

Tools, gloves, and a light snack will be provided. We will burn a brushpile if conditions permit. See the Workday FAQ for more information:
http://skokielagoons.blogspot.com/p/skokie-lagoons-workday-faq.html



Description

Somme Prairie Grove is a mosaic of prairie, savanna, and woodland. Flowers and grasses such as purple milkweed, cream gentian, bottlebrush grass, and wood reed grass contribute to its high quality. Rare butterflies, snakes and coyotes once again populate its prairies and groves. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting the native ecosystems.

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Location
Somme Prairie Grove
Northbrook IL, 60062


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Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Steve Packard
info@sommepreserve.org



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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we reclaim the sparkling prairie from the invasive brush at this hidden treasure in Northbrook. The work we do depends on the season and may be collecting seeds, pulling weeds or cutting woody invaders.

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Location
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve Dundee & Western
Northbrook IL, 60062


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Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Laurel Ross
lross@fieldmuseum.org
(773) 218-0850


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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Somme Woods, the furthest east of the Sommes, has bur and white oak woodlands with massive old oaks, open marshes, and ephemeral ponds. Rich with native plants and animals, they are being restored to their original beauty. A resting bald eagle greeted a volunteer work crew here on one workday.


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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Somme Woods Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Eriko Kojima
erikokojima@gmail.com


Secondary contact


Steve Packard
sgpackard@comcast.net

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Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Somme Woods, the furthest east of the Sommes, has bur and white oak woodlands with massive old oaks, open marshes, and ephemeral ponds. Rich with native plants and animals, they are being restored to their original beauty. A resting bald eagle greeted a volunteer work crew here on one workday.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
Somme Woods Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact Info

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Linda Masters
masters2001@comcast.net



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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Shedd's Great Lakes Action Days are about making a direct and positive difference for local wildlife. Cutting brush, pulling weeds, or collecting seeds, depending on season and weather. All ages and experience levels are welcomed, --including no experience--.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings
Location
Somme Woods 2284 Dundee Rd
Northbrook IL, 60062


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Shedd (GLAD) Workdays
Hilary Wind
hwind@sheddaquarium.org
(708) 207-1129


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* 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



Description

Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers at this fine oak woodland situated right in the City of Chicago. Ancient pin oaks dominate the wetter areas of this woodland. Tall bur oaks stand in the western part, their wide-spreading lower limbs attesting to the open-grown character of the woods in the past. Small ephemeral ponds are graced with lush green sedges. Hundreds of spicebush shrubs are covered with tiny yellow blossoms in early spring, giving way later to glossy red berries.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
6221 N Caldwell Avenue
Chicago IL, 60646


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Steward
Jonathan Sladek
jonathansladek@mac.com
(847) 858-2242


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Instructions and supplies are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Meet at the maintenance road to the golf course, west side of Caldwell about halfway between the Billy Caldwell Golf Course & the intersection of Central and Caldwell. Volunteers disregard the "Do Not Enter" signage at maintenance yard.



Description

From the bike path you can see and enjoy nature in the river and woodlands. Join North Branch Restoration Project volunteers as we remove buckthorn and other weedy species, protecting our native ecosystems.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
St Paul Woods Picnic Grove
Morton Grove IL, 60053


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Kent Fuller
kjfullergv@comcast.net


Secondary contact


Chris Parson
parsonchris@hotmail.com

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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

Is there a (tool) doctor in the house?

Ecological Stewardship volunteers rely on their tools to restore our natural areas, but they can't do the work if the tools aren't in good "health". Loppers get dull, bowsaw blades break, and fire pumps leak, but with just the right treatment, these tools can be put back to use in the field. Your "patients" are waiting, sign up today!

* Actual medical license not required


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

13 Positions available!

Frequency:

Monday: Mornings, Monday: Afternoons, Tuesday: Mornings, Tuesday: Afternoons, Wednesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Friday: Mornings, Friday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N. Central Avenue
Chicago IL, 60646


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Volunteer Program Specialist
Mary Busch
mary.busch@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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* Expertise in tool maintenance not required, we will train you to handle minor repairs and installation of replacement parts
* Some experience in the maintenance of tools & supplies used in ecological stewardship is a plus
* Volunteers will communicate with the Volunteer Program Specialist to schedule hours to complete service on a need basis
* The schedule is flexible and worked out with the Volunteer Program Specialist
* Must be available some weekdays between 8:30am-4:30pm



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


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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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     Position Description



Description

Turnbull Woods oak woodland ecosystem is being restored to new health! Invasive shrubs have been removed bringing needed sunlight to wildflowers, grasses and oak seedlings. We will look for the ripening seeds of native wildflowers under the oaks. Help us "close the loop" between invasive species removal and native species renewal.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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Location
Turnbull Woods
Glencoe IL, 60022


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Teri Radke
Therese.Radke@cookcountyil.gov
(312) 420-4457


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All participants should dress for a day of outdoor walking. Please wear shoes/boots that may get muddy and long pants. Some binoculars will be available or bring your own.

Please pre-register. Thank you!



Description

Join the energetic VRC volunteers and help restore local natural areas. Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings
Location
Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N Central Ave
Chicago IL, 60646


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Ken Schaefer
schaefer@oakton.edu
(847) 803-1665


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Requirements

* 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

Attachments:

     Burn Call Sheet - Day Of



Description

The east and middle forks of the Chicago River come together to give Watersmeet its name. The rich mix of trees, shrubs, sedges, grasses and wildflowers found here will thrive with your help. Help the North Branch Restoration Project volunteers rescue the prairies, savanna and woods from buckthorn and other invasive species.


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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
Watersmeet Woods, Winnetka Road
Northfield IL, 60093


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Eileen Sutter
ehsutter@gmail.com
(773) 706-4533

Secondary contact


John Berg
kerg111@aol.com
(847) 966-0231
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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.



Description

One of the fine prairie restorations along the North Branch is Wayside Woods Prairie. A former baseball diamond is now covered with prairie flowers joining two small, high quality prairie remnants. Many of the classic prairie plants are found here, including grasses such as big bluestem, switch grass and northern dropseed, stiff and Riddell's goldenrods, tall coreopsis, prairie dock, compass plant and many others.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Wayside Woods
Morton Grove IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Larry Hodak
quemac@aol.com



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Requirements

Tools and instructions are provided by the steward. It is not necessary to pre-register, but if a group of more than 5-6 are planning to come, please let the steward know that, so that adequate supplies can be provided.

Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wear and tear. Natural fabrics are best, especially if brushpiles may be burned.




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