Volunteering for the LCFPD for the past 23 years has given me the opportunity to pursue my passion for anything to do with nature and my goal to educate others about what nature offers in each of our preserves and how we can lessen our impact on the environment. It’s because of the awesome staff and the wide variety of programs that the LCFPD offer to the public that I continue to volunteer for this wonderful organization.
As a volunteer for the LCFPD, I feel a sense of gratitude and accomplishment when helping with the diversity of programs offered by the district. It is rewarding to be able to encourage children and adults to learn more about the natural world. The staff creates a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for volunteers, which is an added bonus. It's a great place to make a difference!
Our Museum visitors are so interested in culture and Lake County's history—they truly enrich my time as a volunteer at the front desk. I receive so much nourishment from our Lake County Preserves—love the trails for biking—it is a "natural" to want to give back and encourage everyone I meet to take part in the events and facilities we have to offer.
I really enjoy volunteering for the Forest Preserve, I have done a lot of interesting things and have met a really nice group of people. They make the job fun.
I love all the history and culture the LCFPD presents. Most of all, I love the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home on St. Mary's Road because of all the exciting speakers, events, musical concerts and house tours. Adlai Stevenson is my hero, and his legacy lives at this historic home.
Many years ago, when I was a newbie gardener, I started volunteering at Bonner Farm to help weed and water the vegetable garden. I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction when I pass the farm and see all the rows overflowing with big, healthy plants. It feels especially good to know that most of the food gets donated to a local food pantry.
I began as a volunteer to give back to the community and the places I like to visit, but found I got far more out of my experiences––a fascination with the many ways seeds grow and reproduce, and a much closer look at the many plants I see everyday.
“Nature puts everything in perspective. You can simply look around and count your blessings. Makes my spirit blossom, allowing me to re-seed this passion to everyone around me.”
“It’s good, clean fun! It also reduces the stresses of my day job.”