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Thank you for your interest in this program! At this time, we are no longer assigning sites for adoption. You may sign up for a similar opportunity, SOLO

**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

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
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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

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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Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Bemis Woods South
Proviso IL, 60558

Description of location
On Ogden Avenue between Wolf Rd. and I-294. Enter on north side of Ogden; bear left at entrance and follow driveway all the way to the farthest west parking lot; look for "Volunteers" signs.


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*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and onsite training will be provided
*Please arrive a few minutes before the workday begins
*Dress to be outdoors and to get dirty. Layers, long pants and long socks are recommended
*Wear non-synthetic clothes, like cotton or wool. Weather permitting, there will be a brush pile fire and hot embers can make holes in clothes
*Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required
*Remember your sun protection, a hat or bandana and sunglasses are recommended
*Bring a water bottle and a snack to have during break time



Description

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--.


Schedule

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Location
905 N Edgewood
La Grange IL, 60526

Description of location

Turn south onto Edgewood Ave at the Bob Mann Woods sign off of 31st St., and take Edgewood down to the end where you will find a grassy/gravel parking area to your left. Park here and walk about 0.25 miles further south along the paved trail to arrive at the site, which is just on the off the trail to the left. 


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Secondary contact:
Conservation Team Shedd Aquarium
ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org


Website:
http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Teen-Programs/Great-Lakes-Action-Days/


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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Join Shedd Aquarium to make a positive difference for amphibians and other wildlife by restoring local habitats.

Using hand tools to cut and burn invasive brush, we work to preserve and restore woodlands and wetlands critical for local flora and fauna. No experience necessary.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

All necessary tools/equipment will be provided.

For group requests of 6 people or more, please reach out directly to:ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

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

Saturday classes in 2021 will be: May 15, June 12, and October 23

We are resuming in-person classes with reduced class sizes and students must wear a face mask at all times. The classroom will be set up where all students will be socially distant and the overhead doors will be open.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings, Sunday: Afternoons, Saturday: Mornings, Saturday: Afternoons
Location
Ogden and Howard
Western Springs IL

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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

Weekday classes are typically offered once per month with several Saturday classes per year.

You can sign up for a class up to 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

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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
14498 S. Halsted
Riverdale IL, 60827

Description of location
Meet at the Kickapoo picnic pavilion next to the model airplane field


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Secondary contact:
South Side Field Organizer Gloria Orozco
gloria@fotfp.org


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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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

¡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.

Our stewardship day on September 18th is sponsored by One Tree Planted. Learn more about this great non-profit that plants trees around the world at https://onetreeplanted.org.

Our stewardship day will be from 10 am to 12:30 pm. All Latinx invited. All Spanish skill levels. Dress to be outside.

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


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!

Frequency:

Sunday: Mornings
Location
La calle 31 y La Grange Road
La Grange IL, 60526

Description of location
La calle 31 y La Grange Road, La Grange Park, IL 60526. Antes de llegar de la Avenida Brainard.


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Secondary contact:
Co-Steward Xochitl Lopez
xalopez19@gmail.com


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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

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.

"Litter Hot Spots" Click here for our list!


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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eCoordinator description of location


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* This is your self-led project! You may lead your group on any day and at any open Forest Preserves site.
* Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page before volunteering for closure information, important updates, safety precautions, and bathrooms. Stay 6 ft away from others.
* FOR VOLUNTEER SAFETY: Park only in Forest Preserves lots; walk only on Forest Preserves property; avoid moving traffic; Stay at least 20 feet away from roadsides.
* If you encounter non-emergency issues at a site call the Forest Preserve police at 708.771.1001 or in case of emergency, 911. Do not confront visitors.
* Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
* Bring your own snacks and water bottles.
* Place trash in Forest Preserves trash bins in parking lots. If blue recycling bin present, use it. If bin is overflowing, please find another trash can to dispose of litter.
* We provide disposable gloves and bags to groups. You are welcome to bring pick-up tools, if you have them. Get creative! Old salad or barbecue tongs work!
* Please record group volunteer hours online in your profile after workday.
* Customize your day by adding fun group educational & recreational activities
* Once you apply for this Opportunity, a staff member will contact you to confirm details of your group workday and where you can pickup your disposable gloves and bags.

Be prepared to tell us:
1. Your preferred date and time; typically 2-3 hours any day between March and November.
2. Estimated number of volunteers in your group. Max # 100; 30 or less is preferred at any one FPCC site.
3. Your preferred site. Please choose from Forest Preserves online map: https://map.fpdcc.com/

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Description

Are you passionate about the dog community and the Off-Leash Dog Areas (OLDA) in the Forest Preserves? OLDA Caretakers are the connectors between the dog community and the Forest Preserves. These volunteers act as ambassadors with a focus on community building and offer assistance to Forest Preserve staff on Off-Leash Dog Area volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, supplies and more.


Schedule

Dates: 12 Apr 2021 - 1 Jan 2024

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
Off-Leash Dog Area
Cook County IL

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Secondary contact:
Joanna Huyck
joanna.huyck@cookcountyil.gov
(773) 631-1790


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Please see the attached document for a full position description.

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Description

This is for any individual Forest Preserves volunteer, new or experienced, to record their hours for picking up litter at any site and at anytime the Forest Preserves is open.

Link to Litter Hotspots List


Schedule

Dates: 4 May 2020 - 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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eCoordinator description of location


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Secondary contact:
Joe Swano
joe.swano@cookcountyil.gov


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Requirements

* Review the Forest Preserve's COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for closure information, important updates, safety precautions, and bathrooms. Stay 6 ft away from others.
* FOR VOLUNTEER SAFETY: Park only in Forest Preserves lots; walk only on Forest Preserves property; avoid moving traffic; Stay at least 20 feet away from roadsides.
* If you encounter non-emergency issues at a site call the Forest Preserve police at 708.771.1001 or in case of emergency, 911. Do not confront visitors.
* Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
* Bring your own snack and water bottle.
* Place trash in Forest Preserves trash bins in parking lots. If blue recycling bin present, use it. If bin is overflowing, please find another trash can to dispose of litter.
* Please bring your own supplies; gloves, bags, and pick-up tools, if you have them. Get creative! Old salad or barbecue tongs work!
* Please record your volunteer hours online in your profile after each volunteer visit.



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.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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

Description of location
S LaGrange Rd and 67 St. Driveway is off of LaGrange Rd., between 63rd Street and 67th street (north of I-55), on the west side of the street. Look for "Volunteer" signs to find the specific location of the workday.


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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

* 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

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

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Website:
http://fpdcc.com/training


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Training sessions are offered in January, April, July and October. Due to the pandemic, the July training is being rescheduled for a later date.

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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Description

Once owned by the Riverside Improvement Company, this site was never fully developed prior to the company's bankruptcy and the subsequent acquisition by the Forest Preserves for incorporation into the Des Plaines River corridor. Waubansee Woods contains remnants of the pre-settlement flora and fauna of the region.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Waubansee and Forbes
Brookfield IL, 60513

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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and 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
*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

Once owned by the Riverside Improvement Company, this site was never fully developed prior to the company's bankruptcy and the subsequent acquisition by the Forest Preserves for incorporation into the Des Plaines River corridor. Zoo Woods contains remnants of the pre-settlement flora and fauna of the region.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

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Location
Zoo Woods 3200 S. 1st Ave.
Riverside IL, 60545

Description of location
Zoo Woods


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Requirements

All individuals should consider their level of risk for the COVID-19 virus prior to engaging in any volunteer service.

Review the Forest Preserve''s COVID-19 page each day before volunteering for important updates and safety precautions.

DO NOT attempt to volunteer if in the last 14 days you:
1. have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control
2. have traveled to any foreign country or states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections

Staff and volunteer leaders will implement protocols to ensure physical distancing, glove and mask usage, and tool sanitizing.

Wear all essential personal protection equipment (PPE) including a face mask.
Always keep a minimum distance of six feet from other volunteers.
Plan accordingly, as many public restrooms are closed.
Bring your own gloves, snack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer.

*Participants should be able to be outdoors for 2-3 hours and walk on uneven terrain
*All tools and 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
*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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