Volunteer Workdays

For upcoming volunteer workdays, visit Calendar of Events.

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Volunteer Network

VICNET Current volunteers, visit the Forest Preserve District's Volunteer Information Access Network.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7233 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

Volunteer hours do not count toward court-ordered community service.

 

And There's More

In addition to all of the individual long-term volunteer opportunities the Forest Preserve District offers through our 10 main programs, we also have ways you can volunteer on a flexible, short-term basis or with your family or group.

For information on any of the programs below, contact our Volunteer Services office at (630) 933-7233 or volunteer@dupageforest.org 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (except on select holidays).

Families and Youth Volunteers

Family
Bring the kids and make volunteering a family affair! Children can volunteer with a parent or adult family member who has completed the appropriate training in one of three programs.  

Volunteer Program Ages 
Kline Creek Farm 6 and up
Natural Resources 8 and up
Willowbrook Wildlife Center                   10 and up

Youth
The District offers several volunteer positions for teens, too.  

Volunteer Program Volunteer Position Ages 
Danada Equestrian Center     equestrian program assistant14 and up
 camp assistant14 and up
Fullersburg Woods gardener16 and up
 program assistant18 and up
 researcher18 and up
 visitor center attendant18 and up
Golf Preservemaintenance aide14 and up
Kline Creek Farm agricultural demonstrator       18 and up
 apprentice interpreter13 – 18
 beekeeping demonstrator18 and up
 domestic arts interpreter18 and up
 general interpreter18 and up
 trades demonstrator18 and up
 visitor center attendant18 and up
Mayslake caretaker18 and up
 estate gardener16 and up
 office assistant18 and up
 program assistant18 and up
 researcher18 and up
Natural Resources amphibian monitor18 and up
 bird monitor18 and up
 bluebird monitor18 and up
 butterfly/dragonfly monitor18 and up
 fungus monitor18 and up
 native plant nursery lead18 and up
 native plant nursery16 and up
 Protect Your Waters boating monitor18 and up
 Protect Your Waters shoreline monitor  18 and up
 rare plant monitor18 and up
 steward/co-steward18 and up
Special Servicesspecial events assistant16 and up
 special events photographer18 or 14 w/ adult
 special events assistant16 and up
St. James Farm program assistant18 and up
Trail Patrolbike patrol or foot patrol18 and up
Volunteer Ranger Experience       program assistant18 and up
Willowbrook Wildlife Center animal keeper18 and up
 clinic assistanteducational requirements
 herpetology assistant18 and up
 intern animal keeper18 and up
 interpreter18 and up
 junior keeper13 – 17
 junior naturalist/butterfly ambassador13 – 17
 veterinarian educational requirements
 veterinarian technicianeducational requirements
 visitor services assistant18 and up

Group and Corporate Workdays

Gather your group for fun, outdoor camaraderie and a chance to work together to make one of the Forest Preserve District’s natural areas or education centers even better.

Workdays are two to three hours long and include activities like picking up litter, pulling invasive garlic mustard plants, using loppers to remove buckthorn or honeysuckle brush, or planting or collecting seeds. Reserve a picnic shelter, and you can relax when you’re done while extending your day outdoors.

Your group can also donate time at one of the District’s larger special events, handing out maps and brochures, assisting with parking, or helping with crafts. 

Event Forest Preserve Date 
Wonders of WinterMayslakeFebruary
Hard Water ClassicBlackwellFebruary
Family Field DaySt. James FarmMay
Native Plant SaleMayslakeMay
Just for Kids Fishing Derby       BlackwellJune
Danada Fall FestivalDanadaOctober
Halloween Night WalksFullersburg Woods          October

 
Corporations and groups can make long-term commitments to specific sites as well. With the Conserve a Preserve program, groups plan regularly scheduled monthly, quarterly, seasonal or annual workdays. Corporations often allow staff to flex their time or sponsor a shift to encourage company-wide participation in a worthwhile community volunteer effort.

One-Time Restoration Workdays
Three-hour restoration workdays take place year-round and give you a way to help make some of the county’s natural areas healthier habitats. Volunteers work alongside volunteer site stewards collecting or planting seeds, cutting brush, or pulling weeds. These workdays are perfect for students who need learning experiences outside of the classroom to meet course requirements. Upcoming workdays and registration requirements are posted online each quarter.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites you and your group to an experience that takes place within the pleasant surroundings of one of DuPage County's open spaces. Gather your group for fun, outdoor camaraderie, then, work together to make a positive impact on the conservation of one of DuPage County's valuable ecosystems.

Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects

The Forest Preserve District has guidelines and project lists for Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award candidates. Projects are available at different forest preserves and cover a variety of interests.

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