Becoming a conservation volunteer is a great way to combine a love of the outdoors with taking direct action to help restore and maintain critical habitat in your local area.
Volunteers provide critical data about the health of bird polulations in the area.
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Volunteers at Audubon’s restoration projects dedicate their free time to revitalizing our most treasured natural areas back to good health:
- They remove invasive trees and brush;
- They collect and plant native seeds;
- They conduct controlled burns;
- And much more.
Learn more about upcoming stewardship days with Audubon Great Lakes:
Plum Creek is For The Birds!: Volunteer Birdwalk & Restoration Day
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes and conservation partners from across the Chicagoland region for a morning birdwalk followed by habitat restoration on the grassland. The event is free. Parking is free. All ages are welcome. No experience required. All necessary tools, snacks & water will be provided! More information: https://gl.audubon.org/news/plum-creek-birds
FALL NATIVE SEED PROCESSING
November 2019 - various dates
Join Audubon Great Lakes and regional partners to process native seed collected by interns, volunteers and staff. Find out the variety of ways to process native seed, learn how to identify different species of native plants by seed and help create crucial seed mixes that will be spread into preserves and natural areas across the Chicagoland region! Events are free, parking is free, all ages are welcome and all levels of experience are invited! More information: https://gl.audubon.org/news/fall-2019-native-seed-processing-events
Seeds n' Sunsets
June through November 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of Bartel Grassland and Forest Preserves of Cook County for weekly evening seed collection, processing and dispersal at Bartel Grassland in Tinley Park, Illinois. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.
Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days
April through December 2019
Dive deep into the wilds of Northwest Cook and Southwest Lake counties to restore the globally rare habitats of Barrington Greenway. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.
Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days
March through June 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes and Lake County Forest Preserves for stewardship events at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, Illinois. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.
Indian Ridge Marsh Stewardship Days
March through December 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Park District and the Wetlands Initiative for an adventurous series of community stewardship events at Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago, Illinois. Free bus pick-up available and fun for all ages and experience levels.