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Alabama Adventures: Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest

After hearing about Pinus palustris from several southern botanist friends, I had to see the trees for myself! I had the great pleasure of ...

28 January 2016

Volunteering in Illinois

I've had many incredible experiences volunteering with different groups in my area! Here's a list of nature-related volunteer opportunities for anyone who may be interested.

If you think another organisation/program should be listed, comment on this post or e-mail me at, and I'll add it!

Cook County

Acorns to Oaks
Park District of Oak Park, with opportunities at Oak Park Conservatory

Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Park District
Including Lincoln Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory 

Habitat 2030
Labagh-Hernandez 2030
Somme 2030
Calumet 2030

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Plants of Concern
A Chicago Botanic Garden program utilising citizen science for rare-plant monitoring; stewardship opportunities!

Student Conservation Association - Midwest

Lake County

Conserve Lake County
Elawa Farm

Lake County Forest Preserves

Liveable Lake County/Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands

Kenosha County (Wisconsin)

Chiwaukee Prairie
Garden of Eatin'

Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Program


Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Including Kline Creek Farm

Forest Preserve District of Will County

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Nature Conservancy
several opportunities including Volo Bog & IL Beach State Park