Volunteer habitat restoration is an essential part of keeping Cook County ecosystems healthy. This is your chance to gain the adequate training and certifications necessary to help lead volunteer restoration days and improve the biodiversity of the Cook County Forest Preserves' 70,000 acres.
All camp activities are optional. We welcome you to tailor this experience to your needs and interests! You are not required to camp overnight, but it sure will be fun! In addition to classes, outdoor activities like nighttime moth monitoring and plant ID hikes (to name a few) will be offered throughout the weekend, as well as social time around the campfire with fellow nature lovers.
The camp is free to attend for stewardship volunteers, but we ask that if you discover you cannot make it to the camp, let us know as soon as possible so we may free up your spot for another camper.
Group bunk cabins are available. Campers may also bring tents if they prefer. Camping is not required.
Early bird check in starts Friday, 8/26 at 5:00. There will be an optional get-together Friday night and meals will be provided to all campers on Saturday and Sunday. Official check in starts 30 minutes before each class start time.
Please contact Cam and/or Raquel.Garcia-Alvarez@cookcountyil.gov with questions.
Full Camp Schedule:
All activities are optional. Activities with an * require pre-registration. Edit your registration information via Eventbrite at any time.
Friday, August 26
5:00 PM - Early Bird Check In Begins, Open House, BYO dinner
5:00 Onward - Campfire Socializing, Night Botanizing
Saturday, August 27
7:00 - Morning Bird Walk
8:30 - Breakfast and Official Class Check In Starts
9:00 to noon - Managing Invasives Class*
Noon to 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 to 2:00 - Managing Invasives Observation*
1:30 - Check in for Brush Pile Class Opens
2:00 to 5:00 - Brush Pile Building and Burning Class*
6:00 to 8:00 - Dinner
8:00 - Mothing - Searching for moths with the Nature Conservancy
Sunday, August 28
8:30 - Breakfast and Check In for Sunday Activities
9:00 to 10:00 - Managing Invasives Observation*
10:00 to 1:00 - Group Leadership Class*
1:00 Group Leadership Practice and One to One Path to Stewardship Advising with Staff