Schedule Slots Available!
Are you upset when you see litter threatening the health of the plants and animals that call the Preserves home? Channel those negative emotions and do something positive! Rally your friends and family members and come out to the Busse Boating Center for a targeted shoreline cleanup on Saturday, October 6th from 9am to noon.
Volunteer as an individual or form a team and tackle the trash that accumulates along the shoreline, posing a hazard to birds and aquatic animals including frogs and fish.
Litter is a serious problem, but the cleanup will be fun. Forest Preserve Staff will work to deploy groups to different sections of the Busse Reservoir shoreline. Compete with fellow volunteers to see who can collect the most trash. All participants earn serious bragging rights.
Trash grabbers, gloves and bags and refreshments will be provided. Wearing rubber boots is highly encouraged.
Dates: 13 Sep 2017 - 1 Jan 2019
Schedule Slots Available!
This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule belowon the left to see available times.
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- We will provide gloves, trash bags, preparation and safety information
- Volunteers should dress to be outside. Wear layers, sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty
-Volunteer under age 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
What to wear/bring
These gatherings are an opportunity to provide Volunteer Leaders to meet with their Regional Ecologist, Project Management and Volunteer Resources staff. The plan is to gather for about an hour to talk about regional common issues and answer questions, etc. Afterwards, we will then walk the site with the local Site Steward and the Ecologist to further discuss specific site issues, successes, and volunteer accomplishments. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a specific Forest Preserve and enjoy it amongst volunteer colleagues. We hope that you can make it to your regional meeting and you are more than welcomed to attend other regional meetings as well!
*Must sign up online
*Must be a current Forest Preserve Stewardship Volunteer
*Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended.
The following sites are looking for a Herbicide Volunteer to assist with restoration work on nature center grounds. Both operators and applicators are welcomed. Please see the description to see if you fit the opportunity.
Dates: 23 Oct 2013 - 1 Jan 2019
2 Positions available!
*Must hold a current IL Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator License
*Works under the direction of the Nature Center staff
*Must follow all District rules, regulations and policies
*Strong plant ID skills required
*All PPE and equipment will be provided by FPCC
*Will work with Nature Center staff to establish a schedule; flexibility available
*Positions will run for 6 months from start date; opportunity to continue available
Help us to inspire and engage visitors at the Little Red Schoolhouse Art Fair, a time-honored fall tradition for over 50 years.Assist with hayrides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, and greeting and counting visitors.* Bonus- before or after your shift, feel free to visit and shop from over 60 vendors selling handmade art and crafts
Dates: 17 Aug 2018 - 1 Feb 2018
- Assist Nature Center staff in leading crafts for children, greeting visitors and more
- Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are welcome, but must print the Waiver and bring a signed copy to the orientation. See "Waiver" under the attachments
- Lunch is provided
- Attend a pre-event meeting on Oct 6 at 10:30am to discuss your volunteer role
- Criminal background check required
The seasons are turning which means Fall Festival is just around the corner! Friendly volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up the day before, to greet visitors on event day, help with kids crafts and more.
Experience a full day of festivities by supporting our 9am-4pm shift. For those who cannot commit to the full shift, split-shifts are available from 9am-1pm and 12pm-4pm.
Dates: 29 Aug 2015 - 1 Feb 2019
- Assist Nature Center staff in leading crafts for children, greeting visitors, storytelling and more
- Assignments will be given the day of the event and will vary based on interest, experience and skill
- Volunteers under age 18 must bring a signed Waiver the day of the event. See the attachment called "Volunteer Waiver"
- Parking is limited on-site. Additional parking is available a short walk from Lake Avenue Woods and Allison Woods picnic groves
- Continental breakfast and lunch provided for volunteers
- Dress for the weather - volunteers will be both inside and outside
- Online registration and criminal background check required
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Documents and links for volunteers:
Forest Preserves of Cook County Volunteer Resources
6100 N. Central, Chicago, IL 60646
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