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Sign up for Volunteer Workdays This Summer

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Now that the state has moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID-19 plan, the Forest Preserve District can accommodate more people at its volunteer workday programs this summer.

Volunteer workdays provide opportunities for you to contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers and get some fresh air and exercise. So, if you are a past volunteer or someone who would like to get involved in giving nature a helping hand, check out the July-September list below, and sign up for volunteer workdays that fit your schedule. 

To participate, groups and individuals must RSVP for each workday. Call Mary Borgra at 815.722.5913 or email Workdays are held from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Here are the dates and locations:

  • Thursday, July 8: Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve, Romeoville (Park at Isle a la Cache.)
  • Sunday, July 11: Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Shorewood
  • Thursday, July 15: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Crete Township
  • Saturday, July 24: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena
  • Saturday, August 7: Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet
  • Tuesday, August 10: Monee Reservoir, Monee Township
  • Sunday, August 22: McKinley Woods Preserve – Kerry Sheridan Grove, Channahon
  • Thursday, August 26: Kankakee Sands Preserve, Custer Township, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, September 16: Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve, Custer Township, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont, 8 a.m.-noon
  • Saturday, September 25: Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet (National Public Lands Day), 8 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, September 28: Riverview Farmstead Preserve – Kropp Prairie, Naperville, 10 a.m-1 p.m.

Work will take place on uneven terrain that is primarily natural surface. Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves if you have them.


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