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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 ...


I compiled a list of local area organisations that are always looking for volunteers in a blog post, and decided it would be a good idea to make it a page for easier access to readers.

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!

Colour key:

- community garden/urban farming
- public garden
- ecological restoration


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 
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)

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.

Windy City Harvest Youth Farm
A Chicago Botanic Garden youth development program with 3 sites in Cook County and one site in Lake County.