Find Your Volunteer Match

two volunteers in the snow
Photo by Kris DaPra.

Our mix of programs gives you many options for volunteering in the Forest Preserves: Regularly or occasionally, at a nature center or in the woods, with a friend or to meet new people. Use these statements to help find the right volunteer opportunity for you:

Match Statements

I want to volunteer right away

I’m looking for an opportunity with a very flexible schedule

I’m looking for a short-term commitment

I’m passionate about helping the environment

I’m passionate about educating the public

  • Nature Centers – Volunteer to assist with special events or sign up for a longer term role

I enjoy being active

I want to learn new skills

I want to volunteer with my family

  • Ecological Stewardship – Most Stewardship Workdays allow children
  • Trail Watch – Family members of all ages can join you on your trail patrols
  • Litter Cleanups – Taking care of the Preserves is a great way for the entire family to volunteer together

I’m part of a group that wants to volunteer

I would like to volunteer on my own

  • Community Science – You are able to volunteer on your own or with a friend
  • Trail Watch – You can patrol on your own
  • Litter Cleanups – Explore our extensive trail system while helping to keep the Preserves beautiful