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 email@example.com, and I'll add it!
❁ - community garden/urban farming
❁ - public garden
❁ - ecological restoration
❁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
❁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
❁Conserve Lake County
a public-private partnership dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of a unique combination of natural setting, designed landscapes and buildings of architectural and historic significance.
❁Green Town Urban Farming
❁Lake County Forest Preserves
❁Liveable Lake County/Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands
Kenosha County (Wisconsin)
❁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.
❁Windy City Harvest Youth Farm
A Chicago Botanic Garden youth development program with 3 sites in Cook County and one site in Lake County.