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) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

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

 

Natural Resources

Natural Resources Volunteers get to enjoy nature while working to restore natural diversity to DuPage County forest preserves. The District relies on volunteers to continue Managing Natural Resources throughout DuPage County. During workdays, volunteers collect and redistribute seeds or remove invasive species to re-establish native prairies and woodlands. Volunteers also monitor bird, amphibian, reptile, and insect populations and care for seedlings in the District's native-plant nursery. Help improve the habitats of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County by joining this dedicated group of volunteers.

PURPOSE
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. 

Amphibian Monitor

Assist staff with the assessment and inventory of frog and toad populations in District-owned natural areas, recording and turning in data in a timely manner and recording volunteer hours.

Bird Monitor

Help assess and inventory populations of birds in District-owned natural areas, recording and turning in data in a timely manner and recording volunteer hours.

Bluebird Monitor

Assess and inventory bluebird box populations in District-owned natural areas, recording and turning in data in a timely manner and recording volunteer hours.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Monitor

Help staff assess and inventory butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly populations in District-owned natural areas, recording and turning in data in a timely manner and recording volunteer hours.

Co-Steward

Help accomplish restoration goals for an ecologically valuable natural area.

Fungi Monitor

Assess and inventory fungi in District-owned natural areas, recording and turning in data in a timely manner and recording volunteer hours.

Native Plant Nursery

Help staff care and maintain the Native Plant Nursery. Weed and water plant beds, install plugs, monitor and inventory plants, and collect and clean seed.

Native Plant Nursery Lead

Supervise and utilize volunteers in the care and maintenance of the Native Plant Nursery.

Protect Your Waters Boating Monitor

Identify and report invasive species in the District-owned natural areas while educating the public about invasive species and litter's effect on habitats.

Protect Your Waters Shoreline Monitor

Identify and report invasive species in District-owned natural areas while educating the public about invasive species and litter's effect on habitats.

Rare Plant Monitor

Gather standardized, regional monitoring data over time to learn population trends in relation to rare plant management practices.

Steward

Accomplish restoration goals for an ecologically valuable natural area.
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