Wild Things: Nurture Nature by Volunteering with the Forest Preserve District

Interested in nature and the outdoors and looking for a way to give back? Look no further than the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s volunteer program. With 11 volunteer programs, countless volunteer restoration workdays throughout the year and opportunities for tailor a volunteer program for your business or organization, there’s no limit to what you can do through the District’s robust volunteer program. There are also Eagle Scout projects and volunteer opportunities for kids as young as 6 years old.

The District had 916 full-time, 101 group and 1,655 one-time volunteers contribute more than 64,000 hours to Forest Preserve District efforts in fiscal year 2015. Volunteers carry out specialized tasks and interact with visitors at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook, Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville and Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. They bring history to life, care for wild and domestic animals and teach countless visitors about nature. Natural Resources volunteers help steward the District’s thousands of acres of habitat and monitor animal populations. Trail Patrol volunteers help visitors enjoy the outdoors safely, and through the Volunteer Ranger Experience, individuals assist at recreational programs and maintain the forest preserves. Golf Preserve volunteers help at the District's three golf courses.

The District also has numerous Volunteer Restoration Workdays throughout the year where you can help improve a forest preserve prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit dupageforest.org/Volunteer or call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7681.

Listen to District senior ranger Dave Sima talk about the District’s volunteer opportunities on Wild Things on WDCB Radio (90.9 FM).  


Pickerel Lake at Pratt's Wayne Woods.

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