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Search opportunities, browse volunteer programs or check out the Find Your Match page to help you choose a volunteer opportunity.

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Search Opportunities

Use our Online Volunteer System to find current opportunities by date, location or type.


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Make a commitment to a grove, river, lake, or trail and clean up litter at your adopted site from April thru November.

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Ecological Stewardship

Restore native biodiversity and protect plant and wildlife habitat. Search opportunities by date and location.

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Volunteering is a great way for your group to get involved in taking care of the Preserves.

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Become a citizen scientist. Learn to be a Bird, Butterfly, Dragonfly, Frog or Plants of Concern monitor.

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Trail Watch

Become additional eyes and ears for our Law Enforcement Department as you are out enjoying your favorite places.

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Nature Center Volunteers

Help out with special events or assist in other ways at our six Nature Centers.

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Paid and unpaid internships are available through the Forest Preserves and partners.

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Other Opportunities

There are often other ways to get involved that are not included in the programs listed above.

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