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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 Find a workday here.  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
Bonner Farm gardener positions are currently full.
Must be at least 18 years of age. Workdays at Independence Grove are Mondays and Thursdays, 9 am–noon.
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

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May

Restoration Workday: Duck Farm

May 25, 2024 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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25
May

Restoration Workday: Nippersink

May 25, 2024 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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CANCELED 
 
26
May

Restoration Workday: Nippersink

May 26, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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26
May

Restoration Workday: Cuba Marsh

May 26, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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27
May

Restoration Workday: Heron Creek

May 27, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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28
May

Restoration Workday: Cuba Marsh

May 28, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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28
May

Restoration Workday: Old School

May 28, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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29
May

Restoration Workday: Lyons Woods

May 29, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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