Each year, hundreds of people volunteer thousands of hours in forest preserves throughout Lake County. Our volunteers play a key role in operations and public safety, habitat restoration, cultural preservation and education. There are opportunities available for individuals and groups in a variety of settings—both indoors and out. No prior experience is required, just a willingness to help. Training is provided for all positions.
If you have the time, we encourage you to explore more than one category and multiple positions. We have individuals that volunteer in many capacities. A completed Volunteer Interest Form will set the process in motion. Browse volunteer categories below, or view all volunteer positions »
Help restore our natural communities by removing invasive species, monitoring wildlife and plant species, cleaning the Des Plaines River or working at our Native Seed Nursery or native gardens.
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Teach about the cultural and natural history of Lake County to adults or school and scout groups in the preserves, on the water or at historical sites like Bonner Farm and the Lake County Discovery Museum.
Volunteers help welcome visitors to the Lake County Discovery Museum, share information about galleries and exhibitions, and work the front desk. Behind the scenes work includes working with staff on the maintenance of our collections and archives.
Volunteers help at special events at forest preserves throughout the county. The Ranger Cadet program introduces youth between the ages 14-21 to law enforcement and provides a chance to ride along with our Ranger Police.
"Give back" service projects with friends and co-workers are becoming very popular. We welcome corporate groups, civic groups, scout groups, church groups and more to help restore our natural areas. Groups may plant trees, remove invasive plants, or collect or sow native plant seeds.
“It’s good, clean fun! It also reduces the stresses of my day job.”
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