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Are you interested in nature and the environment? Would you like to devote your time to a worthy cause? Are you looking for a place where you can meet new people, learn new things, and improve your community? If so, the Forest Preserve District of Will County is the place for you!

At the Forest Preserve District of Will County, not only do we cherish our volunteers, we couldn't do what we do without them. We rely on generous, dedicated people to help us achieve our mission and encourage the stewardship of our natural areas for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, joining in a workday or training, or adopting a preserve, please contact our Volunteer Supervisor at 815.722.7364 or rgauchat@fpdwc.org.

Current Volunteer Needs

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and can work with you to provide projects that suit your interests. The following volunteer positions are especially needed:
  • Chainsaw Operators
  • Interpreters
  • Stewards
  • Special Event Staff
  • Campground Hosts
Apply on-line to volunteer now! You may also download the individual volunteer application or download the group volunteer application.

Please note that many work areas are limited to a maximum number of volunteers. Some volunteer positions may not currently be available. If you complete an online application and no positions are available, you will be notified and your application will be kept on file for future reference.

Volunteers Spreading MulchUpcoming Volunteer Workdays

We invite you to join in one of our Volunteer Workdays, where you can get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy the beauty of our preserves! Visit our Event Calendar to find upcoming workdays near you!

Upcoming Volunteer Workshops and Trainings

Attend one of our Volunteer Workshops or Trainings to learn how you can assist in the management or interpretation of the forest preserves. Visit our Event Calendar to find upcoming trainings that interest you!

Adopt-a-Preserve Program

Our Adopt-a-Preserve program allows you or your group to perform and assist in maintenance duties along a designated trail, section of trail, campsite, grove, or preserve. To remain active, a group must provide ten hours of work per month at the site. A recognition sign is posted after three continuous months of work.

Photographs Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock and Renee Gauchat
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