Group Volunteering

a group of volunteers with full trash bags

Group volunteering in the Forest Preserves of Cook County is ideal for school or youth groups, corporations, faith-based groups, scout groups and more.

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Group leaders can connect directly with a scheduled Ecological Stewardship Day or contact to schedule 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. Learn more on the Student Service Learning page.
  • Long-Term Projects: Contact and let us match you with a variety of projects in the Forest Preserves.

Ecological Stewardship Days

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 Stewardship Days 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 Stewardship Day and contact the leader so they can be prepared with tools, supplies and supervision. After talking to the 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 Day for Groups opportunity and we will start the process to plan a successful Stewardship Day. Make sure to register as a “Group/Organization Leader” when creating your account.

Contact with any questions.

Litter Obliterators

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.

Contact with any questions.