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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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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

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.


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Location
Harvard Ave. and George St
Barrington IL, 60010

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https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.1400469,-88.1262353/@42.1401557,-88.1253295,16.75z


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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

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Description

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.


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Location
Bluff Spring Fen
Elgin IL, 60120

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Secondary contact:
Leon Halloran
bluffspringfen@gmail.com


Website:
http://friendsofbluffspringfen.com/home/


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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



Description

Busse Woods is one of the highest quality natural areas in the Forest Preserves. The Friends of Busse Woods volunteers have been working since 2008 to help nature stay healthy. 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.


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Location
Busse South E Higgins Rd
Elk Grove Village IL, 60007

Description of location
http://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/pdf/FPCC-Busse_Forest_South-Grove-Map-2014.pdf


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Website:
https://bussewoods.weebly.com/


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For GROUPS of 5 or more people, please contact bussewoodsfriends@gmail.com before registering to confirm there will be sufficient space for your group.

Visit https://bussewoods.weebly.com/ for more information.

Facebook: FriendsofBusseWoods
Twitter: @bussewoodsfp



Description

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!

Join us for National Public Land's Day and Party for the Preserves on Satuday, September 28th! Register below for our stewardship day from 2-4 and then participate in the day's festivities.



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Location
Deer Grove East Forest Preserve
Palatine IL, 60074

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Deer Grove Forest Preserve (East)


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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.



Description

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.


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Location
1658 N Quentin Rd
Palatine IL, 60074

Description of location
From the intersection of Dundee and Quentin Roads in Palatine, head north on Quentin and turn LEFT at the first opportunity. Once inside Deer Grove turn right at the first stop sign, then go straight through the second stop sign. After a while you will come to your first parking on the RIGHT. That is the place where we meet! You will also see a trail map sign and a restoration kiosk.


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Secondary contact:
Steward Ron Vargason 837-398-1853


Website:
http://deergrove.freehostia.com/


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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.



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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- 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

The Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards have transformed agricultural fields and farm homesteads into healthy native habitats- tallgrass prairie, oak woodland, savanna and wetland. Their efforts have seen native plants, birds and animals thrive. They also protect a jewel on the site: the Shoe Factory Nature Preserve, a remnant gravel hill prairie formed thousands of years ago by glacial deposits. 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!


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Location
Shoe Factory Road Woods
Hoffman Estates IL, 60120

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On Route 59, one half mile north of Golf Rd. Entrance is on the left with the forest preserve sign reading Carl Hansen Woods


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Website:
www.poplarcreekprairiestewards.org


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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.

Groups must coordinate the date of their visit with the contact person.



Description

We are restoring prairies and groves of oak-hickory woodlands at this site. It is home to numerous rare grassland birds, including Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Henslow's Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows. We are removing invasive plants and restoring the native vegetative biodiversity while increasing the habitats for birds. No experience is necessary: just an interest in working with others to protect and restore our natural areas. Activities may include seed collection, planting, cutting brush, or pulling invasive species, depending on the season


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Schaumburg Road and Rosewood Drive
Streamwood IL, 60107

Description of location
Parking lot on north side of Schaumburg Road, 1/3 mile west of Rt. 59. The sign will read equestrian entrance


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Secondary contact:
Steward Diane Granitto
dgranitto@msn.com


Website:
www.poplarcreekprairiestewards.org


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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 coordinate the date of their visit with the contact person.



Description

This Opportunity is for groups up to 30. Is your school, company, club, or organization looking to try something new? Join the volunteers at Schaumburg Road Grasslands and help restore our prairies and old growth forests. Activities may include seed collection, planting, cutting brush, or pulling invasive species, depending on the season and size of your group.

Please contact us to coordinate a workday


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, Season: Winter
Location
Schaumburg Road and Rosewood Drive
Streamwood IL, 60107

Description of location
Parking lot on north side of Schaumburg Road, 1/3 mile west of Rt. 59. The sign will read equestrian entrance


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Website:
www.poplarcreekprairiestewards.org


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We can provide a special volunteer workday for your group.

No experience is necessary. We collect native seed, do plantings, cut invasive species, and more.

We provide the tools, work gloves and snacks.

Contact Jenny Flexman to set up your workday.



Description

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.


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Website:
https://citizensforconservation.org/conservation/barrington-greenway-initiative-bgi/


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Description

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.


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Location
Spring Creek Forest Preserve
Barrington Hills IL, 60010

Description of location
We are out working every weekend. Our work day, time and site location change weekly. Please check the calendar or email springcreekstewards@gmail.com


Penny Rd Pond parking lot - 42.0983383,-88.2072172
Healy Savanna berm - 42 5'41.08"n, 8813'36.05"w
Headwaters - 160 42 4'51.96"n, 8813'3.29"w
Headwaters parking lot - 42.080103, -88.209585
CFC farm house - 42.192866, -88.172156


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Website:
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=springcreekstewards%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Chicago


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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 springcreekstewards@gmail.com

Penny Rd Pond parking lot 42.0983383,-88.2072172
Healy Savanna berm 42 5'41.08"n, 8813'36.05"w
Headwaters 160 42 4'51.96"n, 8813'3.29"w
Headwaters parking lot, 42.080103, -88.209585
CFC farm house, 42.192866, -88.172156

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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.


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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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