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Volunteer for a Winter Workday

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Photo by Chris Cheng

Warm up this winter by volunteering for a Forest Preserve District resource management workday, including a special Day of Service program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Volunteers will chop, snip, pull and carry away invasive plants and brush to help make the preserves healthier environments for all of the flora and fauna that live there. 

Workdays kick off bright and early at 8 a.m. and usually last until noon, unless otherwise noted. If you decide you want to join the volunteer crew, an RSVP is required. Let volunteer services supervisor Renee Gauchat know in advance by calling 815.722.7364 or by emailing 

Volunteers should dress for the weather and outdoor work by wearing long pants, closed-toe shoes and work gloves. 

Here is the workday lineup for January-March: 

  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Theodore Marsh, Crest Hill
  • Saturday, February 8: Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m)
  • Tuesday, February 11: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Crete Township
  • Tuesday, February 18: Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve, Romeoville (Park at Isle a la Cache)
  • Sunday, February 23: Whalon Lake, Naperville 
  • Saturday, February 29: Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 7: Keepataw Preserve, Lemont
  • Sunday, March 8: Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Mokena
  • Saturday, March 21: Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, March 22: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena


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