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The Forest Preserve District of Will County is a not-for-profit government agency that relies upon the public to support its mission, not only through financial contributions but through the donation of time as well. The very special members of our community who share their time with us are known as Prairie People Volunteers. These individuals routinely give of their talents and resources to assist the District for an extended period of time. Our Prairie People Volunteers include professionals, students, seniors, organized groups and families. Their generosity allows us to provide services and programs that would not be possible without their assistance. The work they perform includes:

  • Restoring natural areas
  • Teaching children and adults about nature and the environment
  • Monitoring trails and preserves
  • Answering visitors' questions
  • Assisting at our facilities, programs and special events
  • And much, much more

The benefits of being a Prairie People Volunteer are endless. Perhaps the most valuable benefit of volunteering is simply knowing that you are making a positive impact on the environment and your community. Volunteering also provides an opportunity to learn new things and meet new people.

Are you ready to become a Prairie People Volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities exist for individuals and groups, and projects can be designed for school, corporate, civic and scout groups.



Volunteer Opportunities

If you are new to volunteering or would just like to give volunteering with the Forest Preserve District a try, many opportunities exist.

Are you interested in nature and the environment? Would you like to devote your time to a worthy cause? Are you looking for a place where you can meet new people, learn new things, and improve your community? If so, the Forest Preserve District of Will County is the place for you!

At the Forest Preserve District of Will County, not only do we cherish our volunteers, we couldn't do what we do without them. We rely on generous, dedicated people to help us achieve our mission and encourage the stewardship of our natural areas for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Current Volunteer Needs

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and can work with you to provide projects that suit your interests. The following volunteer positions are especially needed:

  •     Chainsaw Operators
  •     Interpreters
  •     Stewards
  •     Special Event Staff
  •     Campground Hosts

Please note that many work areas are limited to a maximum number of volunteers. Some volunteer positions may not currently be available. If you complete an online application and no positions are available, you will be notified and your application will be kept on file for future reference.

Upcoming Volunteer Workdays

We invite you to join in one of our Volunteer Workdays, where you can get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy the beauty of our preserves! Visit our Event Calendar to find upcoming workdays near you!

Upcoming Volunteer Workshops and Trainings

Attend one of our Volunteer Workshops or Trainings to learn how you can assist in the management or interpretation of the forest preserves. Visit our Event Calendar to find upcoming trainings that interest you!

Adopt-a-Preserve Program

Our Adopt-a-Preserve program allows you or your group to perform and assist in maintenance duties along a designated trail, section of trail, campsite, grove, or preserve. To remain active, a group must provide ten hours of work per month at the site. A recognition sign is posted after three continuous months of work.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, joining in a workday or training, or adopting a preserve, please contact Emily Kenny at 815.722.7364 or


The Forest Preserve District is dedicated to protecting, conserving, enhancing and promoting Will County's natural heritage for the educational, recreational and environmental benefit of present and future generations.


Bringing People and Nature Together


The people of Will County will view the Forest Preserve District as vital to enriching their quality of life

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