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

Restoration 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.

For restoration work days, 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!