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Become an Interpretive Aide or Event Volunteer

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Interested in becoming a Forest Preserve volunteer interpretive aide or an event volunteer?

Interpretive aides present, organize and help develop educational and interpretive programs for school groups, youth groups and the public. Event volunteers provide assistance or a special skill at District events and/or programs.

Interpretive aides for Isle a la Cache

This year, the Forest Preserve is seeking interpretive aides to volunteer at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The museum specializes in presenting information on the French fur trade era. Aide's also will assist with summer tours at Riverview Farmstead Preserve in Naperville.

Interpretive aide training will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, March 15, at the museum.

Volunteer interpretive aides need to have: a passion for educating the public, excellent communication skills, a professional demeanor at all times, experience working with children and the ability to be friendly and helpful while working with people of all ages.

Training consists of site orientation, interpretive technique training and program observation. A minimum of one day per week per season is required of interpretive aides.

Event volunteers

Upcoming events include “Island Rendezvous,” scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Isle a la Cache Museum, and “Arts & Nature on the River,” scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. 

Volunteers with knowledge of native plants are also needed to help work the upcoming “Bringing Nature Home” Native Plant Sale. This event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. The native plant sale is hosted by The Nature Foundation of Will County, a nonprofit fundraising organization that supports the Forest Preserve District’s education, conservation and recreation efforts.

Contact information

The volunteer application process must be completed before individuals can sign up to attend the interpreter aide training in March. To apply for the interpretive aide training or find out more about becoming an event volunteer, contact Renee Gauchat, volunteer supervisor, at  or 815.722.7364. 


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