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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

Save the world one acre at a time. Join us for an ecological restoration workday. Cut and burn invasive brush, harvest native seed in season and have fun.

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Location
Arie Crown Forest 6800 S LaGrange road
Hodgkins IL, 60525


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Master Steward
LuAnne Dudlo
luanne.dudlo@gmail.com
(708) 724-4300

Secondary contact

Master Steward
John Dudlo
jdudlo@gmail.com
312 988 5946
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Requirements

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 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 and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time

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     What to wear/bring



Description

Come and explore the natural communities of Bemis North, which include floodplain forests, woodlands, savanna and marsh. Help dedicated volunteers cut brush, pull weeds or collect seeds depending on season and weather. All levels of experience welcome.

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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Saturday: Mornings
Location
Bemis Woods North
Westchester IL, 60154


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Craig Billington
Craig.Billington@cookcountyil.gov



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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:

     What to wear/bring



Description

Come and explore the natural communities of Bemis South, which include remnant oak woodlands on a terrace above the floodplain forest lining Salt Creek. Help dedicated volunteers cut brush, pull weeds or collect seeds depending on season and weather. All levels of experience welcome.


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Location
Bemis Woods South
Proviso IL, 60558


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Coordinator
Dave Lloyd
davidplloyd@comcast.net
(708) 937-1264


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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

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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Location
905 N Edgewood
La Grange IL, 60526


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Shedd (GLAD) Workdays
Edward Warden
ewarden@sheddaquarium.org
(773) 322-8525

Secondary contact

Stewardship Leader
GLAD
GreatLakesActionDays@sheddaquarium.org

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Requirements

Park on Sunnyside Ave and 31st, La Grange, IL. Walk over to the Bob Mann Sign and meet in the grassy lot at the end of Edgewood Ave, where the Salt Creek Trail is located.

* 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 the energetic Brookfield Woods 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.

Dołącz się do dynamicznej grupy wolontariuszy i pomóż przywrócić naturalny stan ekologiczny lokalnym obszarom. Zażyj kilka godzin spokoju i naucz się jak identyfikować i usuwać gatunki inwazyjne, które grożą bioróżnorodności prezerwatów.

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Location
Brookfield Woods 25th ST and S 7th AVE
Brookfield IL, 60513


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Contact person for opportunity


Izabella Redlinski
Izabella.Redlinski@gmail.com
(773) 510-2486


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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
*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
*Bring a water bottle and a snack

Wymagania
*Wolontariusze powinni byc w stanie spedzic 2-3 godziny na zewnatrz i chodzic po nierównym terenie
*Narzedzia i trening beda udzielone na miejscu
*Prosze sie pojawic kilka minut przed rozpoczeciem dnia pracy
*Prosze ubrac sie odpowiednio, byc gotowym do pracy na zawnatrz z mozliwoscia pobrudzenia sie. *Warstwy ubran: dlugie spodnie i skarpetki sa zalecane.
*Prosze przyniesc wode i przekaske do spozycia



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

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.


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Location
Camp Pine W Lake Ave & N Des Plaines River Road
Glenview IL, 60056


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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

La pradera de Cermak se encuentra al oeste del rio Des Plaines y contiene diversas comunidades de plantas nativas.  Ayudanos a cuidar este precioso lugar.  Con su ayuda podemos eliminar especies invasoras para expandir el habitat de nuestras plantas y animales.  Se recomienda traer: Pantalones largos, camiseta de manga larga y zapatos para estar afuera/caminar.


Cermak Prairie is an 18 acre natural area within Cermak Woods in Lyons, IL.  The prairie lies west of the Des Plaines River and occurs on flat glacial lake bottom sediment and more recently deposited alluvium.  The site sustains remnant prairie and wooded floodplain natural communities.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
Cermak Prairie
Lyons IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Nate Fremont
anielfrem@aol.com



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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Wear natural fiber clothing or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.



Description

The Friends of the Chicago Portage have been working year round since 2002 to return native plant communities to the Portage area as well as keeping the trails clean and clear. Join our group of volunteers working to restore native habitat by removing invasive brush, collecting seeds and pulling weeds.

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Location
Chicago Portage National Historic Site
Lyons IL, 60534


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Contact person for opportunity


chicagoportage@yahoo.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.
Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty.Long pants, long sleeved shirt and sturdy, closed toe shoes are recommended.
Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brushpile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes.
Remember your sun protection. A hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended.



Description

Dan Ryan Woods is the last remaining undeveloped portion of Blue Island, one of the highest points in Chicago and once an island in ancient Lake Chicago. The site preserves remnants of woodland and savanna plant communities. Volunteer groups have turned more attention from the playfields to the wilder parts of the preserve. The volunteers are removing invasive species, promoting native trees and wildflowers and restoring eroding slopes.


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Location
2198 W. 87th St.
Chicago IL, 60620


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Benjmain Cox
benjamin@fotfp.org
(773) 398-1178

Secondary contact


Lary Unruh
laruh@att.net

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday.

To ensure enough tools and supplies can be provided, please RSVP to Benjamin Cox at least two days before the event.

GROUPS ? Currently, Dan Ryan Woods workdays are not appropriate for groups of 10 or more. Please see the FPCC calendar for other workday possibilities: www.fpdcc.com/VS



Description

National Safety Council First Aid/CPR training class for Forest Preserve staff and volunteers with at least 15 hours of service


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Location
Ogden and Howard
Western Springs IL


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Lindsay Ivanyi
lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 246-2530

Secondary contact


Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov

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Requirements

Weekday classes are typically offered once per month.

Saturday classes in 2019 will be:
March 30, May 18, September 14, and October 26

You can sign up for a class 90 days ahead of time.

* MUST BE FPCC STAFF OR A VOLUNTEER WITH AT LEAST 15 HOURS RECORDED ONLINE
* Bring your own lunch - 1/2 hour lunch break
* Wear comfortable clothes and shoes



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

From milkweed to goldenrod, Kickapoo's native prairie plants need your help. Join an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Little Calumet River. Learn to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river systems. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.


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Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
June Webb
jwebb58920@aol.com


Secondary contact

Field Organizer
Fatimah Al-Nurridi
fatimah@fotfp.org

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Requirements

All the necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All participants should be dressed for a day of outdoor work. Please wear covered shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes) and long pants. Clothing should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool (no synthetic clothing) as workdays often have brushpile burns and stray embers can "burn" clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and your own drinking water. Depending on the season, a hat, sunscreen, or insect repellant may be good items to bring to a workday. While this site is accessible by public transit, we can also work to arrange carpooling if desired.



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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Contact person for opportunity


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.

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     Burn Call Sheet - Day Of



Description

¡Ayúdanos a cuidar a nuestras reservas! Te necesitamos para proteger nuestros robles y ríos. Ven y disfruta de la naturaleza y aprende como identificar plantas nativas e introducidas.

All Latinx invited. All Spanish skill levels. Dress to be outside.

Únete con nosotros cada tercer sábado de 10 a 12:30 hs.

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Aprenda mas sobre la leyenda del tlacuache: https://koatlinchan.jimdo.com/el-tlakuache/


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Location
La calle 31 y La Grange Road
La Grange IL, 60526


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Co-Steward
Raquel Garcia
Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov
(312) 898-9964

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Co-Steward
Xochitl Lopez
xalopez19@gmail.com

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PREPÁRESE PARA SALIR AFUERA, HACER ACTIVIDADES Y AYUDAR!

Qué ponerse:
Vestirse en capas (mangas largas y cortas)
Ropa y zapatos que se puedan ensuciar
Zapatos cerrados y resistentes
Pantalones largos y calcetines largos
Protección contra el sol (cachuchas o gafas de sol)

Qué traer:
Botella de agua
Merienda saludable
Protector solar (crema)
Repelente de insectos

Por favor NO traiga:
Objetos de valor (joyas, MP3s, videojuegos)
Colonia / perfume
Pantalones cortos o calcetines cortos
Zapatos abiertos (chanclas, sandalias)
Ropa nueva



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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Description

Please create a Volunteer Profile HERE prior to attending the stewardship day.

The McCormick Woods volunteers are working to restore a savanna lush with wildflowers. Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.

Find the Des Plaines Ecological Stewardship Volunteers on Facebook!


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Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
McCormick Woods
North Riverside IL, 60546


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity


Elizabeth Cozzi
elizabeth.cozzi@comcast.net
(773) 205-5169

Secondary contact


Bill Marszalec
billmarszalec@gmail.com
708-442-0580
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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

We need a group of 20-40 people to help spread mulch to protect tree roots and shrubs!

Location: Cermak Aquatic Center in Lyons.

You choose possible Mon-Fri dates in June, July, or August that work for your group. Confirmed date will be chosen by group leader and FPCC staff.


Schedule

Dates: 28 Mar 2019 - 19 Jun 2020

20 Positions available!

Frequency:

Monday: Mornings, Tuesday: Mornings, Wednesday: Mornings, Thursday: Mornings, Friday: Mornings, Season: Spring, Season: Summer
Location
Cermak Family Aquatic Center 7600 W Ogden Ave
Lyons IL, 60534


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Volunteer Resource Center
Kevin Kuhn
Kevin.Kuhn@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790

Secondary contact

Landscape Maintenance Project Coordinator
Susan Rohner
susan.rohner@cookcountyil.gov

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Please contact Kevin Kuhn to schedule a specific date with Forest Preserves staff. Mon thru Fri dates in June, July, August. Work time will be approx. 8:30 am - 11:30 am. (approx.3 hours)
Dress for the weather! Volunteers will spread mulch using shovels and rakes. Forest Preserves staff will provide all tools, gloves, and supervision.



Description

First Sunday of every month. Cutting brush, pulling weeds, or collecting seeds, depending on season and weather. All ages are welcome, and all levels of experience--including no experience--are welcome. No need to pre-register, but contact us if you are bringing a group. Bring work or garden gloves if you have them, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather and the outdoors.


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Location
Salt Creek Woods
Westchester IL, 60558


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Site Steward
Jennifer Hammer
ejhammer@sbcglobal.net



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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

Sundown Meadow contains a variety of ecosystems including prairie and woodland. There are many opportunities to be part of the restoration process, where volunteers are pushing back invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard to bring back nearly lost habitats.


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Location
Sundown Meadow South La Grange Road and 67th St
Hodgkins IL, 60525


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Stewardship Workday Leader
Dennis Kankowske
victoryrunners@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

Please create a Volunteer Profile HERE prior to attending the stewardship day.

The Thatcher Woods Savanna Restoration Project is a community based organization formed to restore an ecosystem poised on the verge of extinction. Our volunteer efforts have been a turning point in restoring the oak savanna to its pre- European settlement state. Join us to relieve the stress in your life while helping to relieve the stress on our natural areas.

This opportunity is more appropriate for adults, older than 19 years old. Please bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the workday.


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Location
Thatcher and Washington
River Forest IL, 60302


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Co-Steward
Jean Guarino
victor.guarino@sbcglobal.net
(708) 848-7175

Secondary contact

Co-Steward
Victor Guarino
708-848-7175
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Requirements

*Tools and gloves provided
*Wear long pants, sturdy shoes or boots
*Long sleeves are recommended

*Volunteers under 18 years please call ahead of time*
*Please bring a water bottle to the workday*



Description

Join us every Friday or the third Saturday of each month to help restore our rare dolomite prairie and oak/hickory woodlands. We cut brush, pull weeds and collect seed, depending on the season. All levels of experience are welcome.


 


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Schedule Slots Available!

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


Location
67th Street and La Grange Road
Hodgkins IL, 60525


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Steward
George Birmingham
t.stone.restoration@gmail.com


Secondary contact

Co-steward
Mark Kluge
mwkluge@ameritech.net

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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 for the outdoors. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Please wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, in cooler weather there may be a brush pile fire, and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are suggested
*Hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Please bring a water bottle



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


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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     Position Description



Description

Help kids discover their inner musician at our Bluegrass Jams programs. You will be leading the discussion and creation of a simple musical instrument using repurposed invasive species.

When you arrive a naturalist will walk you through the activity. You will teach youth about invasive species in the Forest Preserves and how to play the instrument.


Schedule

Dates: 21 Oct 2016 - 1 Jan 2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Naturalist
Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 366-6530

Secondary contact

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

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Requirements

* The ability to communicate effectively with children
* Willingness to teach about concepts including invasive species, repurposing, and basic rhythmic patterns
* Background check required

Bluegrass Jams take place on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1-3pm.



Description

Come out and jam! An interest in bluegrass music is a bonus but not required. Use your ability to play an instrument to inspire children to explore the arts and nature.

Youth will have an opportunity to create a simple instrument out of repurposed invasive species and join the jam. You do not need to be an expert to be a part of the jam. The goal is to have fun and learn from other players by improvising with the group.


Schedule

Dates: 21 Oct 2016 - 1 Feb 2020

Unlimited Positions available!


Location
738 Thatcher Avenue
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact Info

Contact person for opportunity

Naturalist
Adam Kessel
adam.kessel@cookcountyil.gov
(708) 366-6530

Secondary contact

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

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Requirements & Documents
Requirements

Must have the ability (you do not have to be an expert) to play an acoustic instrument.

Bluegrass Jams take place on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1-3pm.




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