Corporate, Group and Scout Opportunities

Volunteer With Us

In addition to the Forest Preserve District's individual long-term volunteer opportunities, we also have ways you can volunteer on a flexible, short-term basis or with your employer, family or group.

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

 

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 Winter Mayslake February
Hard Water Classic Blackwell February
Family Field Day St. James Farm May
Native Plant Sale Mayslake May
Just for Kids Fishing Derby        Blackwell June
Danada Fall Festival Danada October
Halloween Night Walks Fullersburg 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. A list of restoration and Native Plant Nursery workdays can be found under "Health & Well-Being" on our Calendar of Events. 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 and 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. 

 

Eagle Scout Projects

The District has a list of projects for Boy Scouts to complete in order to fulfill their Eagle Scout requirements and build their leadership, organizational and time-management skills. Scouts should allow one year to complete the project before their 18th birthday.

Interested Eagle Scout candidates must call the Volunteer Services Office at 630-933-7233 and request an Eagle Scout packet, which includes the application and project list. Once the application is received, the Scout is interviewed and a project is chosen and approved. The Scout will then work with the Eagle Scout Project Liaison, who will oversee the project through completion. A copy of the completed workbook must be turned in as the final requirement. Scouts may also request an independent project, but this will take extra time as approvals are needed from various departments and we are unable to guarantee that a project will be approved. 


Gold Award Projects

The Forest Preserve District has a list of project suggestions for Girl Scouts interested in completing their Gold Award project and build their leadership, organizational and time-management skills. Scouts have until September of the year they graduate high school to complete their project.

Interested Gold Award candidates must call the Volunteer Services Office at 630-933-7233 and request an Gold Award packet, which includes the application and project suggestions. Once the application is received, the Scout is interviewed and a project is chosen and approved. The Scout will then work with the Gold Award Project Liaison, who will oversee the project through completion. A copy of the completed workbook must be turned in as the final requirement. Scouts may also request an independent project, but be aware that this will take extra time as approvals are needed from various departments and we are unable to guarantee that a project will be approved.