Group volunteering is ideal for school or youth groups, corporations, faith-based groups, scout groups and more.
Connect directly with scheduled opportunities or contact volunteer.FPD@cookcountyil.gov if you do not see something that meets your group’s needs.
- Transportation: Bus transportation funds are available on a grant/award basis. If transportation is a limiting factor for your group, mention this when reaching out.
- Student Service Learning: The Forest Preserves provides documentation for student service learning hours.
- Long-Term Projects: Contact volunteer.FPD@cookcountyil.gov and let us match you with a variety of projects in the Forest Preserves.
Ecological Stewardship Workdays
Make a noticeable difference by removing invasive brush or harvesting native seed in season. Learn about different ecosystems and what makes them healthy first hand.
- Tools, gloves, onsite safety training and supervision provided
- Year-round workdays available, tasks vary by season
- Scheduling dependent on group size and required supervision
- Parental consent forms for participants under 18 and chaperone ratio of 1:10 required (if applicable)
Ready to sign up? Find a workday and contact the workday leader so they can be prepared with tools, supplies and supervision. After talking to the workday leader, sign up for the opportunity as a group. Make sure to register as a “Group/Organization Leader” when creating your account.
Can’t find a date that works? Sign up for the Stewardship Workday for Groups opportunity and we will start the process to plan a successful workday. Make sure to register as a “Group/Organization Leader” when creating your account.
Litter threatens the health and beauty of our natural areas. Remove litter at a grove, trail or shoreline and inspire others to care about clean open spaces.
- Self-led by group leader
- Schedule at any time at almost any site
- Group leader arranges supervision and chaperones (if applicable)
- Quick matching and confirmation process
- Supplies (gloves and bags) delivered to a Forest Preserves pickup site near you
Ready to sign up? Sign up for the Litter Obliterators opportunity. We will return your inquiry to confirm date, location and supply delivery site.