McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)



Volunteer newsletterConservation District volunteers engage in meaningful work and learning opportunities that restore habitat and ecological diversity, educate people about the environment, promote public safety through recreation and keep local history alive. Volunteers give back to their community, get job experience, make new friends and spend quality time outdoors.

QUALIFICATIONS: For most positions, potential volunteers register with the District by attending an orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator to complete an application packet and explore opportunities based on their interests, skills and experience.

EXPERIENCE: Most programs offer training for volunteers who are willing to learn new skills.

LOCATION: Varies; Volunteers are needed at many Conservation District sites and facilities.

MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age to volunteer independently is 18, but opportunities exist for 14–18 year old volunteers in the Education Department, Habitat Restoration Days, service projects and events like Trail of History & Festival of the Sugar Maples.

Read about activities and opportunities in the newsletter Volunteer
Fall 2014 | Winter/Spring 2014

For additional information or to schedule an orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator
815.338.6223 x 1229 or

Where do you best fit in?
Click on the links below for additional information on various Conservation District volunteer opportunities.

Public Habitat Restoration DaysDrop in to contribute a few hours of service…

Individuals and groups can help restore native habitat by participating in restoration days at various sites throughout McHenry County. No prior orientation required. View the list of regularly-scheduled Habitat Restoration Days.

Scout & Group Service Projects — Outdoor projects for adult and youth groupsScout troop Adopt-A-Trail

            • The Adopt-A-Trail Program keeps District trails litter-free
            • Eagle Scout Projects
            • Habitat Restoration Days
            • Court-ordered community service projects for adults

Environmental Education Volunteers — Planting a seed of knowledge…

Assist District Educators with public programs, classroom outreach or field trips.Helping with a winter scavenger hunt

            • Help at seasonal special events, such as Earth Day or Prairiefest.
            • Help to prepare materials and props for Educators to use at presentations.
            • Assist with Geocache Rallies.


Recreation & Public Safety Volunteers — Focus on safety …  

  • Prairie Trail Safety Watch volunteers tour the Prairie Trail by bike.
  • Glacial Park Ski Patrol members are trained by the National Ski Patrol to assist Nordic skiers.
  • SWEEP volunteers contribute to the safety of District sites through Safety Watch Education & Environmental Program

Plant & Wildlife Volunteers — Keeping tabs on nature in the field…Bluebird monitoring

            • Plants: Rare Plant Monitoring and Native Prairie Plant Seed Collection
            • Wildlife: Butterfly, Frog, Dragonfly and Bird Monitoring




Land Stewardship Volunteers — Healing the land through habitat restoration…

  • Training is provided for motivated volunteers who are dedicated to the restoration process.

    A volunteer should have a basic knowledge of ecology and enthusiasm for the environment.

Historical Volunteer Sites & Special Events Keeping local history alive…

  • Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park
  • McConnell Farmstead in Richmond
  •  The Festival of the Sugar Maples is held in late winter each year.

Indoor Volunteer OpportunitiesHelping with paperwork

            • Wildlife Resource Center:
              Assist staff with various duties (volunteers have no physical contact with wildlife)
            • Education Services:
              Assist staff with indoor educational programming and program preparation.
            • Office & Administrative Assistance: Reception and office projects


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