Adopt-A-Site Litter Cleanups

a young girl picks up trash in a picnic grove
Morgan joined the Adopt-A-Site program at only six years old.

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

The Forest Preserves will help you choose a site and provide an Adopt-A-Site kit with everything you need for your cleanups.

The Forest Preserves will support your site by:

  • Installing an adoption sign at the site after you complete your 8 cleanups
  • Providing necessary permits and safety information
  • Providing trash bags and gloves
  • Offering ongoing access to knowledgeable staff as a resource
  • Collecting and disposing of filled litter bags and other debris cleared from the adoption site

Just about anyone can take part: individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic groups, clubs, organizations, fraternities, and faith groups.

A coordinator will help connect you to an available site when you sign up for the opportunity.

Contact Joanna Huyck at or 773-631-1790 with any questions.