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Sign Up for Volunteer Workdays to Improve the Preserves

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(Photo by Chris Cheng)

Temperatures are beginning to dip, so it's the perfect time to get some fresh air and exercise by joining a Forest Preserve District volunteer workday.

The workdays also provide an outlet for those who want to make a difference in the world around them by removing invasive species from Will County's preserves. Volunteers also will collect seeds that can be used in restoration efforts in subsequent months. 

Fifteen workdays have been scheduled for September 28 through December 15. Workdays run from 8 a.m. until noon unless otherwise noted in the following list. Please dress for outdoor work (long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes) and the weather.

An RSVP is required so District staff can have equipment for all and to provide further instructions regarding parking. To RSVP, contact volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at or 815.722.7364.

Saturday, September 28: Isle a la Cache Preserve, Romeoville. (brush control)
This National Public Lands Day workday is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation and International Paper. 

Tuesday, October 1: Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve, Custer Township, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (seed collection)

Sunday, October 6: Joliet Junior College's natural areas along the bike trail, Joliet. (brush control)
Co-sponsored by JJC's Department of Natural Sciences. Park in South Lot 7 and walk between G-Building and the Event Center. Follow the bike trail north until you reach the group.

Tuesday, October 8: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena (brush control)

Saturday, October 12: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont (brush control)

Saturday, October 19: Whalon Lake, Naperville (brush control)

Tuesday, October 22: Riverview Farmstead’s Kropp Prairie, Naperville, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (seed collection)  

Saturday, November 2: Old Plank Road Trail, Constitution and Schoolhouse roads, New Lenox Township, 9-11 a.m. (seed collection)

Sunday, November 3: Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena (brush control)

Tuesday, November 5: Old Plank Road Trail – Washington Street Access, Joliet (brush control)  

Saturday, November 16: Whalon Lake (brush control)

Saturday, November 30: Work Off the Turkey Workday, Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access (brush control)  

Tuesday, December 3: Isle a la Cache Preserve (brush control)

Sunday, December 8: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access (brush control) 

Sunday, December 15: Alessio Prairie, Crest Hill (brush control) 


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