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Conservation and Restoration Volunteers

Volunteer-01Our Natural Resources division preserves and restores a diversity of habitats. Natural resource management techniques include habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and the planting of native trees and wildflowers. Volunteer opportunities may 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.

The Bonner Heritage Farm in Lindenhurst, originally a homestead in 1842, provides an interactive space for educational programs and special events. Volunteers at Bonner Heritage Farm can help with our growing garden and events.

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 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
Independence Grove
Must be at least 10 years of age (18+ for Bonner Farm). Adult accompanied children allowed.
Native Seed Nursery Rollins Savanna Adult accompanied children allowed.

 

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Nov

Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh

November 17, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.
 
17
Nov

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

November 17, 2018 (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.
 
17
Nov

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

November 17, 2018 (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.
 
17
Nov

Restoration Workday: Fox River and Wagner Fen

November 17, 2018 (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.
 
17
Nov

Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods

November 17, 2018 (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.
 
18
Nov

Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods

November 18, 2018 (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.
 
18
Nov

Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

November 18, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
18
Nov

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

November 18, 2018 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
18
Nov

Restoration Workday: Heron Creek

November 18, 2018 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
20
Nov

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

November 20, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
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Event's details
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
20
Nov

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

November 20, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 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
Nov

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

November 21, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 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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