Volunteer Training & Leadership

people around a tree in winter, learning how to identify it. Photo by Dan Kasberger.
A Winter Tree ID training session. Photo by Dan Kasberger.

Training and enrichment classes are available to volunteers who are interested in learning a new skill, taking on a stewardship leadership role, or learning more about ecological restoration, tree care and other conservation topics.

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Training & Leadership

Volunteers looking to become Ecological Stewardship leaders, or simply learn a new skill, can attend a variety of training classes provided by the Forest Preserves and/or partners.

Training Opportunities

  • Chicago Wilderness Brush Pile Building and Burning
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Group Leadership
  • Herbicide Application and Licensing
  • Managing Invasive Plants
  • Tree Pruning and Maintenance

Leadership Roles

  • Chicago Wilderness Burn Boss
  • Site Steward
  • Stewardship Workday Leader
  • Workday Greeter
  • Licensed Herbicide Applicator
  • Invasive Plant Monitor
  • Seed Collection Leader

Training Documents & Resources

Volunteer Handbook

Training Manuals

Guidelines & Practices

Plant Identification