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July 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Enjoy warm, sunny days this summer while giving back to nature. Consider joining a volunteer workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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June 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Looking for a new and meaningful way to spend time outdoors this summer? Join a volunteer workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County! There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.   Check out the list below for a nearby workday, or visit fpdcc.com/volunteer to view the calendar of all upcoming volunteer opportunities.

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May 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Slather on some sunscreen and enjoy warmer spring weather by heading out to the Forest Preserves of Cook County to participate in a volunteer restoration workday. Volunteering is fun and meaningful, and there are opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Birding, Volunteer Opportunities Abound in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

With the arrival of warmer weather, residents will find numerous ways to get outdoors and enjoy spring in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. From hiking and biking to camping and kayaking, residents can truly create their own adventure in the Preserves.

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April 2018 Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

As winter melts away to spring, Forest Preserves of Cook County volunteers can watch as the woodlands, prairies, savannas and wetlands come alive with spring wildflowers, migrating birds and a variety of wildlife while helping to restore the habitat that supports hundreds of plants and animals that thrive in Cook County’s wild. Consider joining one of the volunteer workdays below, or check out the full list of opportunities at fpdcc.com/volunteer.

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Three Unique Ways to Volunteer in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

In addition to the numerous volunteer workdays available throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, there are several programs that enable residents to give back to nature in unique ways.

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Mach 2018 Volunteer Opportunities & Trainings

A new month means plenty of new opportunities to join restoration efforts in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. As spring approaches, volunteers may spot a variety of blooming spring wildflowers while contributing to the important ecological work that allows these plants to thrive.

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Miami Woods Stewards Celebrate 40 Years of Nurturing Nature

With nearly 70,000 acres of public lands, managing diverse ecosystems comes with many challenges. A lot of resources are needed to successfully restore habitats, from money to actual people performing work. This is why volunteer stewardship is often a vital component to restoration efforts in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In the case of Miami Woods, a 111-acre natural area consisting of prairie and woodland, the dedication of the public is the very reason for the efforts.

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February 2018 Volunteer Opportunities & Trainings

Show your love for the Forest Preserves of Cook County this February by volunteering at a stewardship workday. Volunteer work is fun and meaningful, and our nearly 70,000 acres provides numerous ways to get involved. Consider joining a workday to help restore the native habitats where plants and animals can thrive in the wild.

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January Volunteer Opportunities & Trainings

If giving back to the community is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider joining a restoration workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. There are opportunities all throughout the County, and are open to people of all experience levels. Please be sure to dress for the weather, including study footwear.

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December Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

While some may think nature is self–sufficient, the truth is that ensuring our natural lands thrive takes work. A lot of work.   The Forest Preserves are fortunate to have dedicated stewards at sites throughout the county, each hosting numerous volunteer workdays during the year. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to give back to nature, consider joining a workday:

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Try This! Seed Collecting at Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Interested in volunteering, but not sure where to start? Consider joining a seed collecting workday with the Spring Creek Stewards at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills!  We need lots of volunteers to help with our seed collecting efforts.

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Volunteer Newsletter: Tales from the Trails

Story and photo by Robert Schwaan   People often ask me what I am going to do with my life now that I am retired. I respond by telling them that I volunteer and plan to continue doing so. Some respond to my answer with “Why?!” I volunteer because I feel that nature often affects people in a positive and lasting way. Recently, I had a few experiences that proved this to be true.

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Volunteer Newsletter: Nature in Focus

We talked with two of our volunteers and talented amateur nature photographers to learn what inspires them. Fidencio Marbella and Kris DaPra share their advice on how you too can give nature photography a try.

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Volunteer Newsletter: The Spirit of Volunteerism

By Amy Julian, Naturalist I at Little Red Schoolhouse   The spirit of volunteerism is felt throughout the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center thanks to the staff and clients from UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago “CHOICE” programming in Oak Park.  UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago is a nonprofit organization that provides adults with disabilities opportunities to develop living skills while encouraging community involvement. This group of committed individuals has been of service to the Nature Center on a weekly basis for more than a year now.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County