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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 Training required, usually in late winter/early spring.  Commit to a full season (2-8 months, depending on species)
Restoration Workdays Various Preserves Must be at least 10 years of age.  Adult-accompanied children allowed with parental waiver. Certifications required for some activities, PPE required around tools
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.
Native Seed Nursery Rollins Savanna Must be at least 10 years of age.  Adult-accompanied children allowed with parental waiver

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

17
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

October 17, 2021 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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19
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

October 19, 2021 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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20
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Old School

October 20, 2021 (08:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
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21
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Native Seed Collection

October 21, 2021 (09:00 AM - 12:01 PM)
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22
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

October 22, 2021 (08:00 AM - 08:01 AM)
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23
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Lyons Woods

October 23, 2021 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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23
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna

October 23, 2021 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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23
Oct

dd Restoration Workday: Middlefork

October 23, 2021 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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