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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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Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Harvard Ave. and George St
Barrington IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Mark Knight
markthebuilder@sbcglobal.net
(847) 277-2579


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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

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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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Doug Taron
dtaron@gmail.com
(847) 695-4568

Secondary contact


Leon Halloran
bluffspringfen@gmail.com

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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 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. 


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


Contact Info

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Steward
Kris DaPra
bussewoodsfriends@gmail.com



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Requirements

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!


 


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Location
Deer Grove East Forest Preserve
Palatine IL, 60074


Contact Info

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Workday Leader
Mark Krivchenia
deergrovenav@gmail.com



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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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Pete Jackson
beepjackson@comcast.net
(312) 886-3894

Secondary contact

Steward
Ron Vargason
837-398-1853
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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

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

Barrington Area Conservation Trust is partnering with the Forest Preserve and holding restoration workdays on the third Sunday of the month, 10:00-12:00, at Horizon Farms. Those interested in conservation and sustainability can support our community by volunteering for a restoration workday. Discover the unique nature of our region, from prairies to wetlands. 


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Horizon Farms 311 Algonquin Rd
Barrington IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Barrington Area Conservation Trust
emily@bactrust.org



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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 we're 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, as well as snacks.



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

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
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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Description

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!


 


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Saturday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Shoe Factory Road Woods
Hoffman Estates IL, 60120


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
John T Navin
j.navin@att.net
(630) 894-3499


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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.



Description

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.


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Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Schaumburg Road and Rosewood Drive
Streamwood IL, 60107


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Jenny Flexman
flexfolks@comcast.net
(847) 836-7443


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Requirements

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.



Description

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.


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


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
Jenny Flexman
Flexfolks@comcast.net
(847) 836-7443


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Requirements

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.



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.

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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Thursday: Mornings, Thursday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Spring Creek Forest Preserve
Barrington Hills IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Randy Holtz
springcreekstewards@gmail.com



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We are out working every weekend. Our work day, time and site location change weekly. Please checkout our calendar at http://springcreekstewards.org/calendar-3
or email springcreekstewards@gmail.com
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

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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. 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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Penny Road Pond Penny Road
Barrington Hills IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


springcreekstewards@gmail.com



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Requirements

We work almost every weekend at one of many different sites at Spring Creek. Depending on the season we could be Cutting and Burning Brush, Collecting and Sowing Seed, or Control Weeds by Pulling, Scything and Herbiciding.
No need to sign-up, drop-in individuals are always welcome! Check out our calendar at the stewards website www.springcreekstewards.org for the most current workday date, time and location information or leave us an email. Tools are provided but bring gloves.

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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. 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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Higgins Rd & Wichman Rd
Hoffman Estates IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


springcreekstewards@gmail.com



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Requirements

We work almost every weekend at one of many different sites at Spring Creek. Depending on the season we could be Cutting and Burning Brush, Collecting and Sowing Seed, or Control Weeds by Pulling, Scything and Herbiciding.
No need to sign-up, drop-in individuals are always welcome! Check out our calendar at the stewards website www.springcreekstewards.org for the most current workday date, time and location information or leave us an email. Tools are provided but bring gloves.

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     What to wear/bring



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. 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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
42.094705,-88.226725 Penny Rd and Healy Rd
Barrington Hills IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Randy Holtz
springcreekstewards@gmail.com



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We work almost every weekend at any one of eight different sites at Spring Creek. Depending on the season we could be Cutting and Burning Brush, Controlling Weeds by Pulling, Scything and Herbiciding, or Collecting and Sowing Seed. No need to sign-up, drop-in individuals are always welcome! Check out our calendar at the stewards website www.springcreekstewards.org for the most current workday day, time and location information or leave us an email. Tools are provided but bring gloves.
In case of questionable weather conditions consult our calendar for any workday changes before coming out.

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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. 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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Penny Road Pond Penny Road
Barrington Hills IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Stettner
Craig Stettner
cstettne@harpercollege.edu



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Requirements

We work almost every weekend at one of many different sites at Spring Creek. Depending on the season we could be Cutting and Burning Brush, Collecting and Sowing Seed, or Control Weeds by Pulling, Scything and Herbiciding.
No need to sign-up, drop-in individuals are always welcome! Check out our calendar at the stewards website www.springcreekstewards.org for the most current workday date, time and location information or leave us an email. Tools are provided but bring gloves.

Attachments:

     What to wear/bring



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. 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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Afternoons, Season: Spring, Season: Summer, Season: Fall, Season: Winter
Location
Barrington Hills Riding Center 361 Bateman Road
Barrington Hills IL, 60010


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


springcreekstewards@gmail.com



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Requirements

We work almost every weekend at any one of the many different sites at Spring Creek. Depending on the season we could be Cutting and Burning Brush, Controling Weeds by Pulling, Scything and Herbiciding, or Collecting and Sowing Seed.
No need to sign-up, drop-in individuals are always welcome! Check out our calendar at the stewards website www.springcreekstewards.org for the most current workday date, time and location information or leave us an email. Tools are provided but bring gloves.

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Description

We believe that the engagement of volunteer community groups is crucial to the mission of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. As the environmental activist and visionary, Aldo Leopold, said so well: "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

This opportunity is for groups who want to schedule a habitat restoration workday at one of our restoration sites.
 


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

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Program Specialist
Kevin Kuhn
Kevin.Kuhn@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Requirements

Join us to help restore the Preserves back to health. Trained leaders will show you how to identify plants that don't belong and demonstrate how to safely use hand tools to remove them.
- Tools, gloves, onsite training, supervision provided; dress for the weather
- Year round workdays available; scheduling is limited due to required supervision
- Ages: high school thru adult; younger with parent/guardian
- Group size may be limited; chaperone ratio 1:10 required
- Need a bus? If transportation to a site is a limiting factor for your group, we have bus transportation funds available on a grant/award basis.

To find already scheduled workdays, go to: www.fpdcc.com/VS and search by date or zip code. Each workday lists the contact info for the local volunteer group.

YOU MUST HAVE A GROUP ONLINE PROFILE TO SIGN UP.

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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 for 2018. Learn about the program, meet key people and socialize with fellow volunteers.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location

Cook County IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

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


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Requirements

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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