a group of volunteers posing for a photo outside

If you have time, skills and enthusiasm to give, consider volunteering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Our nearly 70,000 acres provide endless opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved.

On this page:

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about the types of volunteer opportunities we offer below or search current volunteer opportunities on our Online Volunteer System.

a young girl picks up trash in a picnic grove

Adopt-A-Site Litter Cleanups

a group of volunteers

Ecological Stewardship Days

a group of volunteers with full trash bags

Group Volunteering

A female ruby meadowhawk dragonfly at Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve


a group of Forest Preserves volunteers at a Nature Ambassador training

Nature Ambassadors

a trail watch volunteer, Forest Preserves Police Officer and child pose for a photo

Trail Watch

people around a tree in winter, learning how to identify it. Photo by Dan Kasberger.

Volunteer Training & Leadership

Volunteer Information & Resources

two volunteers in the snow

Find Your Volunteer Match

a group of high school volunteers at Busse Woods. Photo by Kris DaPra.

Student Service Learning & Community Service

two hands holding a small plant, ready to be put in the ground

Court-ordered Community Service

volunteers at Spears Woods

Stewardship Day Resources & Forms

two volunteers cut buckthorn with loppers at River Trail Nature Center

Volunteer Partners

a person cutting buckthorn with loppers at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Volunteer System

The Forest Preserves uses an Online Volunteer System to post volunteer opportunities and help volunteers track their hours.

Online Volunteer System Help

Volunteer Contact

Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center
6100 N Central
Chicago, IL 60646 (view web map)