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.