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.
Dates: 9 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2020
Unlimited Positions available!
Contact person for opportunity
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.
Schedule Slots Available!
Baker's Lake, home to one of the most significant heron rookeries in the Midwest, is a birdwatcher's dream. Join our volunteer group and help restore bird habitat and improve biodiversity. Workday tasks include removing invasive vegetation, harvesting native seed, and other restoration activities.
Schedule Slots Available!
This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule belowon the left to see available times.
* 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
What to wear/bring
Bluff Spring Fen is a 100-acre Illinois Nature Preserve. The Fen is a mosaic of upland, wetland, and wooded remnant plant communities and is home to over a dozen threatened and endangered species. Over the past 30 years, dedicated volunteers have transformed this once desolate dumping ground into a world-renowed natural area. The Friends of Bluff Spring Fen continue to restore diversity to the site at twice monthly workdays.
Busse Woods is one of the richest and most diverse natural areas in the Forest Preserves. The Friends of Busse Woods volunteers have been working since 2008 to improve biodiversity and restore habitat. All year long, in all types of weather, our hearty and enthusiastic group meets twice monthly to give back to our environment and enjoy good company.
For GROUPS of 5 or more people, please contact email@example.com before registering to confirm there will be sufficient space for your group.
Visit https://bussewoods.weebly.com/ for more information.
Get to know Deer Grove while restoring the land. Meet volunteers who enjoy the outdoors and want to be hands-on in helping to protect important ecosystems. Activities range from the challenging to the easy! Seed collecting and planting, brush cutting, controlled burns, rare species monitoring, guiding tours, planning programs and many other opportunities. No experience needed, we will train for free!
Dress for weather and work. Training and tools provided. Workdays are planned for 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1 to 4pm and 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9 to Noon. We meet at Camp Reinberg which is off Quentin Road just north off Dundee Rd or far west end of parking lot off Dundee Rd entrance.
The goal of the Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers is to restore to pre-settlement conditions the native plant and animal communities found in the forest preserve. Volunteers make this project possible and new faces are welcome. No previous experience is necessary, though knowledge is always valued. Come out, meet local citizens who care about our local ecosystems and learn about our natural heritage at our Nation's very first forest preserve.
We meet on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 to Noon, year around. We cut and remove invasive species such as buckthorn and other activities to restore the ecological health of Deer Grove. We are of all ages, and we share a common interest in restoring and protecting our local natural areas. Friendly people, c'mon out!
We work as long as it isn't raining (at least not too hard) so dress warmly for cold weather with good work shoes for walking in rough terrain. Layering is always good. Long sleeve shirts and pants are usually good even in warm weather to avoid mosquitoes and poison ivy. Bring insect repellent if you are sensitive. Work gloves and tools are provided. Feel free to bring water and anything else you might want while working.
Come out, meet local citizens who care about our local ecosystems and learn about our natural heritage at our Nation's very first forest preserve, an Illinois Nature Preserve.
For more information visit our website.
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---
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.
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.
Dates: 20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2023
- 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)
The Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards have transformed agricultural fields and farm homesteads into healthy native ecosystems, ranging from tallgrass prairies to wetlands. Their efforts have seen native plants, birds and animals thrive. Outdoor workdays are held every weekend all year. Volunteers receive training and tools for all activities and are supervised by knowledgeable personnel. You just need a willingness to get involved and learn!
Dressing the right way for workdays will make your experience a lot more enjoyable. Keep in mind that during the fall, winter, and early spring, it can be colder on the prairie than it is at home. Usually, though, temperatures warm as the morning progresses, dress in layers that you can remove or add as needed.
Minimum clothing for cold weather includes: long pants, long sleeves, gloves, warm socks, boots, warm coat, and hat or hood.
Minimum clothing for warm weather includes: long pants, socks, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, sunglasses, and a sun hat.We also recommend that you use an appropriate sunscreen, and if you have preferences for insect repellent, that you bring your choice.
Comfortable as they are, shorts, skirts, capri pants, tank tops, and sandals are never a good idea on the prairie or in the woodland, even in warm weather. Walking in rough terrain among tall plants poses hazards that will make these sorts of clothes very uncomfortable.
This area of old farm fields surrounded by groves of oak woodlands is home to numerous grassland birds, including Henslow's Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks. It is being restored to native vegetation, but all management decisions are made with the birds as the number one priority. No experience is necessary: just an interest in working with others to protect and restore our natural areas.
No experience is necessary. We remove invasive species, collect native seed, and spread seed, among other activities. We are of all ages, and we share a common interest in restoring and protecting our local natural areas.
Dressing the right way for workdays will make your experience a lot more enjoyable. Sturdy footwear is essential, preferably hiking boots.
Minimum clothing for COLD weather includes: long pants, long sleeves, gloves, warm socks, boots, warm coat, and hat or hood. Dress in layers and wear old clothing made of natural fibers.
Minimum clothing for WARM weather includes: long pants, socks, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, sunglasses, and a sun hat. Use an appropriate sunscreen, and insect repellent. Shorts, skirts, capri pants, tank tops, and sandals are never a good idea on the prairie or in the woodland, even in warm weather. Bring water. We provide tools, work gloves, and snacks.
Drop-in volunteers are welcome. Groups must give advance notice.
This Opportunity is for groups of 10 to 25 only. Is your company or organization looking to try something new? Join the volunteers at Schaumburg Road Grasslands and help restore this amazing and diverse natural area. Activities may include cutting brush, pulling weeds or collecting seeds, depending on the site, season and size of your group. Come helps us restore the floral and faunal diversity of this site.
We can provide a special volunteer workday for your group.
No experience is necessary. We remove invasive species, collect native seed, and spread seed, among other activities.
We provide the tools, work gloves and snacks.
Contact Steve Flexman to set up your workday.
Dive deep into the wilds of Northwest Cook County with the Barrington Greenway Initiative's Explore and Restore series! The forest preserves contain a variety of globally rare habitats including tallgrass prairies, oak savannas and woodlands, and wetlands that form the "Barrington Greenway", a connected system of preserves that animals can travel through to feed and breed successfully. These varied habitats need humans to keep them healthy. We are calling on neighbors in the region to get involved by hiking, collecting and distributing native seeds, cutting and burning invasive species, participating in introductory bird walks, and planting prairie plugs across the region to create the largest Greenway in NE Illinois. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Work side-by-side with experienced volunteer stewards and staff from Citizens for Conservation, Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves. Visit the Barrington Greenway Initiative for more information.
The Spring Creek Forest Preserve is one of only a few Cook County preserves large enough to sustain populations of rare animals, grassland birds and a rich variety of habitats. The site was deemed by Audubon-Chicago to be a globally-significant Important Bird Area.
Join us at our weekly stewardship workdays. Spring Creek is a tranquil respite from the hustle of everyday, modern life where we seek to restore the balance of nature in the preserves and in our lives. This can only happen with lots and lots of seed.
We are out working every weekend. Our work day, time and site location change weekly. Please checkout our calendar at https://bit.ly/2x6IxNz
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Rd Pond parking lot 42.0983383,-88.2072172
Healy Savanna berm 42° 5'41.08"n, 88°13'36.05"w
Headwaters 160 42° 4'51.96"n, 88°13'3.29"w
Headwaters parking lot, 42.080103, -88.209585
CFC farm house, 42.192866, -88.172156
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.
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.
Learn how to sign up and prepare for your first volunteer experience:
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Documents and links for volunteers:
Forest Preserves of Cook County Volunteer Resources
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