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Conservation and Restoration Volunteers

Volunteer-01Our Natural Resources division strives to preserve and restore a diversity of habitats for future generations. Natural resource management techniques include habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and the planting of native trees and wildflowers. Volunteer opportunities include restoration workdays, wildlife monitoring and assistance at our Native Seed Nursery.  

Group volunteer opportunities are available. One-time volunteering opportunities such as community service, school and scout credits are also offered.

Explore conservation and restoration volunteer positions below. If one of these sounds right for you, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form, or if you have any questions, call our General Offices at 847-367-6640 and ask to speak with our conservation volunteer coordinator.
 

Volunteer Position Location Special Requirements
Wildlife Monitor Various Preserves Background check required. Must be at least 18 years of age. Works on uneven terrain. 
Restoration Workdays Various Preserves Safety equipment use required.
Group Restoration Workdays Various Preserves Call us to get started. These workdays are typically held during the week rather than weekends, and are ideal for corporate or business group outings.
River Steward Des Plaines River Must be at least 18 years of age. One season commitment required. Canoe experience desired.
Gardener Bonner Farm
Ryerson Woods
Independence Grove
Must be at least 10 years of age. Adult accompanied children allowed.
Seed Nursery Rollins Savanna Adult accompanied children allowed.

 

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EVENTS

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Jan

Restoration Workday: Old School

January 19, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
21
Jan

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

January 21, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
21
Jan

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

January 21, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
22
Jan

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

January 22, 2017 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
24
Jan

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

January 24, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Event's details
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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