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Are you inspired by our region’s vibrant natural areas? Each year, volunteers devote thousands of hours restoring, monitoring, and protecting nature in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.

You can spend a few hours one afternoon, or commit time every week. Some are new to restoration while others are more experienced leaders. Find the right fit for you through projects and organizations listed below.

How to Get Involved

  • Participate in the annual Corporate Council Day of Service
  • Join a Work Day
  • Monitor species
  • Speak Out for Nature

2014 Corporate Council Day of Service

Each year, the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council hosts a region-wide Day of Service to give back to nature and offer residents a chance to help protect and restore the region's natural areas. Save the date for Saturday, September 27, 2014 to have fun with family, friends and coworkers while contributing to the health of local nature! Please check back for more details and learn more about the 2013 Day of Service here.

Work Days

Learn first-hand about the plants and animals in your local preserves. Plant native species, collect seeds, remove invasive species, and build trails during restoration work days held at parks, preserves, and other natural areas across the region. Gather with other volunteers, often for just a few hours on the weekend, and work alongside knowledgeable and helpful stewards and natural resource managers.

Contact your local:

for upcoming opportunities, or visit the following web sites:

Monitor - Become a Citizen Scientist

Learn to identify and monitor frogs, birds, plants, butterflies, or dragonflies by training and volunteering with the following organizations:

Education and Outreach

Greet families at nature centers; help lead educational programs; contribute newsletter articles and photographs; and assist during special events such as native plant sales.  A range of opportunities are available – simply contact an organization that interests you and discover how you can contribute!