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Volunteer With Us

Our Forest Preserve District’s volunteer program offers opportunities to assist and support staff across many diverse programs.

For more information about our volunteer programs, contact Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233 or

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Restoration Workdays

Help improve a forest preserve prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants. Choose a workday that fits with your schedule — weekends and weekdays are available. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more). 

Volunteer Programs

Our volunteer program is designed to engage volunteers who are willing to donate their time, talents, and resources to support the Forest Preserve District’s programs and staff in carrying out its mission, purpose, and guiding principles.

View the volunteer opportunities available in 12 volunteer programs.

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


Danada Equestrian Center

Assist our staff by helping to care for horses and attending to daily feeding routines


Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Assist our staff by helping with seasonal programs and hands-on learning activities


Graue Mill and Museum

Assist our staff by leading tours or demonstrating artisan techniques of the 1850s.


Kline Creek Farm

Assist our staff by helping to interpret agriculture, blacksmithing, carpentry, or domestic arts


Mayslake Peabody Estate

Assist our staff by helping to interpret history or care for the garden


Natural Resources

Assist our staff to restore natural diversity to the forest preserves


Special Services

Assist our staff by helping at special events and programs


St. James Farm

Assist our staff by helping interpret natural and cultural history


Visitor Engagement

Assist our staff with educational programs


Volunteer Ranger Program

Assist our staff with recreational programs and volunteer workdays


Trail Watch

Assist our law enforcement officers to provide information and safety tips to visitors


Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Assist our staff to care for and rehabilitate native injured or orphaned wildlife


Corporate, Group, & Scout Opportunities

Volunteer on a flexible, short-term basis or with your employer, family, or group

Volunteer Information Network

Volunteers: Visit the Forest Preserve District’s Volunteer Information Network to log your volunteer hours, get the latest information, and more.