Take a few steps into Pioneer Woods on one of the numerous trails and you're into the hilly terrain and woodlands typical of the Palos Preserves. Restoration activities focus on the removal of invasive plants species like honeysuckle and barberry. Collection and distribution of seeds may also be done in season. Main tools used are loppers and hand saws. Weather permitting, we may build and burn brush piles.
Unlimited Positions available!
10198 W 107th St
Willow Springs IL, 60480
Meet at Pioneer Woods parking lot, on the north side of 107th Street about a half-mile west of La Grange Road (Route 45). We normally park at the far end of the parking lot, up the hill and around several curves.
Contact person for opportunity
Regional Steward Joe Neumann
Requirements & Documents
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.
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, as well as snacks.