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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 or the Des Plains River Stewards.

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.  Must be at least 10 years of age.  Adult-accompanied children allowed.
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 18 years of age. Adult-accompanied children allowed.
Native Seed Nursery Rollins Savanna Must be at least 10 years of age.  Adult-accompanied children allowed.

 

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Jan

Restoration Workday: Ryerson

January 18, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
18
Jan

Restoration Workday: Fox River

January 18, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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18
Jan

Restoration Workday: Greenbelt

January 18, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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18
Jan

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

January 18, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
18
Jan

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

January 18, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
19
Jan

Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

January 19, 2020 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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19
Jan

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

January 19, 2020 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
20
Jan

BGI Volunteer Workday: Spring Creek

January 20, 2020 (09:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Spring Creek, Barrington, IL -60010


Join our Barrington Greenway Initiative partners at a volunteer workday!

Work side-by-side with experienced volunteer stewards and staff from Citizens for Conservation, Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves.
 
21
Jan

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

January 21, 2020 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
23
Jan

Restoration Workday: Old School

January 23, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
24
Jan

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

January 24, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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