We're Thankful For Our Volunteers

A Blog Story About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

We're Thankful For Our Volunteers

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 11/16/18 11:39 AM

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers many of its popular events, programs and services with assistance from a dedicated corps of volunteers. These individuals not only help us deliver long-standing programs but also bring many new experiences to forest preserve visitors. They help to rehabilitate injured wild animals, cut and remove invasive brush, care for domestic animals, attend to chores and interpret our DuPage heritage, among many other things.

During the 2017 – 2018 calendar year, volunteers contributed 52,332 service hours  to the Forest Preserve District. 

Volunteer Services Coordinator Debbie Brooks expressed her appreciation for the District's long-term volunteers who serve in its 10 programs. "We can’t thank our volunteers enough for contributing their time and talents to the Forest Preserve District," she said. "The volunteers' service hours are only a part of their story; it’s what happens during those hours that is so meaningful. We are thankful for their care for natural resources, compassion for animals and meaningful interactions with our forest preserve visitors. We also appreciate the many one-time volunteers and corporate groups who give their time during restoration workdays and special events."

St. James Farm

452 hoursst-james-farm-volunteer-with-campers


Special Services

675 hoursspecial-services-volunteers


Volunteer Ranger

765 hoursvolunteer-ranger-fishing


Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

1,658 hoursfullersburg-woods-volunteer-teaches-children


Trail Patrol

2,527 hourstrail-patrol-volunteer-with-bicycle


Mayslake Peabody Estate

2,346 hoursmayslake-volunteer-gives-tour


Natural Resources

6,607 hoursjoe-suchecki-leads-workday-volunteers


Kline Creek Farm

7,394 hourskline-creek-farm-volunteer-with-milkpail


Danada Equestrian Center

10,685 hoursdanada-volunteer-wth-gray-horse


Willowbrook Wildlife Center

19,001 hours

This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for the volunteers who give their time, talents and resources to support our staff, mission and purpose. Thank you, volunteers!

Our volunteer opportunities — including complete position descriptions — can be found at our volunteer page. For more information about our volunteer programs, contact Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233 or volunteer@dupageforest.org. For one-day "Volunteer Restoration Workday" opportunities, see our calendar

Topics: Volunteer

Written by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County manages nearly 26,000 acres in 60 forest preserves containing prairies, woodlands and wetlands.