Volunteer Workdays

For upcoming volunteer workdays, visit Calendar of Events.

Application and Waiver
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.


Kline Creek Farm

Individual and family volunteers are invited to step back in time and re-create life in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm, the District’s living history farm in West Chicago. The farm is located within the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve. At the Timber Ridge Visitor Center, volunteers welcome guests and work at the gift shop. Other volunteers, dressed in authentic period clothing, experience life on the farm in the late 19th century in areas like domestic arts, blacksmithing, agriculture and carpentry. These volunteers may plant the kitchen garden; can vegetables in the summer kitchen or collect eggs from the chicken coop. Some may care for livestock, assist with tours of the barn and outbuildings, or enthrall guests during themed weekends. Experience the life and times of 1890s rural living in DuPage County as a volunteer at Kline Creek Farm.

The purpose of Volunteer Services Program at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is to engage volunteers who are willing to donate their time, talents and resources to support the programs and staff in carrying out the mission, purpose, and guiding principles of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the volunteer programs. 

Agricultural Demonstrator

Assist staff in caring for District livestock and maintain agricultural facilities and equipment while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience to Kline Creek Farm visitors.

Apprentice Interpreter (Summer Teen Program)

An opportunity for enthusiastic individuals to contribute to the success of Kline Creek Farm's educational mission and gain valuable job, interpersonal and presentation skills.

Beekeeping Demonstrator

Assist staff in interpreting 1890s beekeeping techniques to guests while maintaining the beekeeping area.

Domestic Arts Interpreter

Assist staff in demonstrating and interpreting 1890s domestic arts activities in the house, summer kitchen, garden and dooryard. Interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information.

Family Program Volunteer

Assist staff in demonstrating 1890s farming activities in a historic setting in period attire.

General Interpreter

Assist staff in interpretation to visitors while conducting educational programming, assisting with special events or working on projects. Wear historical attire of the 1890s while performing duties.

Trades Demonstrator

Assist staff in interpreting and demonstrating 1890s woodworking, carpentry, cabinet making, metal-working and forge skills while wearing period attire.

Visitor Center Attendant

Assist staff in welcoming visitors to Kline Creek Farm and assist in the gift shop.
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