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Lend a hand by signing up for a Volunteer Morning

(Photo by Chris Cheng)

Spring is a perfect time to sign up for a Volunteer Morning program with the Forest Preserve District. There is nothing better than making a difference in your community by beautifying the land around you.

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s Volunteer Mornings.

All volunteer opportunities listed are held from 8 a.m.-noon unless otherwise noted below. Activities will include brush removal and invasive species control.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required for all individuals and groups. Those interested in volunteering who have not completed a 2022 waiver should first do so online. When you fill out the form, please use the box labeled “opportunity” to list the morning or mornings you would like to join as a volunteer. Once you submit the completed waiver, you will be contacted with more information.

Those who already have a current waiver on file with the Forest Preserve should contact Emily Kenny, volunteer services supervisor, at 815-722-7364 or to reserve a spot.

Here are the upcoming Volunteer Morning opportunities:


  • Sunday, May 1: Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena
  • Tuesday, May 3: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
  • Saturday, May 14: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont
  • Tuesday, May 17: Old Plank Road Trail at Wolf Road, Frankfort Township
  • Thursday, May 26 Monee Reservoir, Monee Township


  • Sunday, June 5: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena
  • Tuesday, June 7: Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Shorewood
  • Saturday, June 25: Sugar Creek Preserve, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Joliet
  • Thursday, June 30: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Channahon





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