Volunteer

Volunteer locally as a way to learn about native plants.  We list these for your convenience and they are NOT SPONSORED by Wild Ones, except when noted.

Calvary Church, Naperville – Check back in the spring of 2020 for updated information if you are interested in volunteering to help out at a prairie burn.

Naperville North High School Memorial Prairie – This is another opportunity to volunteer at a prairie burn.  Check back in spring of 2020 for updated information or contact Mike Fahle at mfahle@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in helping!

Note:  If you would like to help out at either prairie burn, wear old heavy cotton clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a metal garden rake. (Ashes tend to melt through polyester clothes.)

College of DuPage Natural Areas – COD maintains three natural areas on the Glen Ellyn campus: the Russell R. Kirt Prairie, the Ecological Study Area, and the B.J. Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers are needed to cut brush, collect and process seeds, transplant and weed invasive plants to help restore and maintain these natural environments.  For more information, contact Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or check out the Prairie Tours and Work Events page on the COD website for a schedule of work event dates.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Natural Resources – Volunteer Workdays are held year-round at various sites throughout the county and are supervised by a volunteer steward and/or District employee. Workdays typically last two to three hours, depending on the day’s task(s), and begin with an education/training session.  A list of current volunteer workdays can be found under “Volunteer” on the DuPage County Forest Preserve Calendar of Events.  If you plan to volunteer at one of the Forest Preserve District sites, please register & sign a waiver in advance. Information is available at Volunteer Services, (630) 933-7233 or DuPage FPD Volunteering.

Village of Glen Ellyn Lambert Lake Nature Preserve – Check back in spring of 2020 for updated 2020 volunteer opportunities or contact lambertlakerestoration@gmail.com for more information.

Glen Ellyn Park District – Volunteer to help clear invasive plants, clean-up trash, plant native plants and seeds, maintain trails and more in the Glen Ellyn Park District natural areas. Check out the Restoration Work Days page on the Glen Ellyn Park District website for an updated schedule of work days, times and locations and contact Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org if you are interested in volunteering.

Carol Stream Park District Jan Smith ParkLearn about natural wildflowers and prairie grasses and how they grow by becoming a volunteer at this four-acre outdoor native plant museum. Volunteers are needed for weeding and caring of the gardens during the growing season. Contact Jan Smith at 630-690-0633 or jansmithatwindsor@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.