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



Boone Creek





If you’re wild about nature and enjoy working with people who are enthusiastic about the environment, you’re a “natural” to help District site stewards at habitat restoration days. Volunteers assist with seasonal restoration tasks, such as cutting and stacking invasive brush, removing non-native vegetation, and sowing native plant seed.


Who: Adults, teens, families (children should be at least 7 years old, and those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult), groups, students needing to complete community service requirements

Where: Conservation Areas (listed below) throughout McHenry County

When: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Sessions last about three hours.

Experience: No experience required – training is provided

What to bring: Wear sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for outdoor work and weather conditions. Safety equipment and tools are provided. Bring work gloves if you own them, plus drinking water, insect repellent and sunscreen, as needed.

How to get involved: Choose the Conservation Area where you wish to help out, and then contact the site steward for site-specific details. Additional questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (815) 338-6223 x1229 or

Select a site name for details:
Alden Sedge Meadow South, Alden Coral Woods, Marengo The Hollows, Cary
Boger Bog, Bull Valley Cotton Creek Marsh, Island Lake Lake in the Hills Fen
Bystricky Prairie, Woodstock Dufield Pond, Woodstock Pleasant Valley, Woodstock
    Pioneer Fen/Dutch Creek, Johnsburg


Site: Alden Sedge Meadow South, Alden
Steward: Jack & Judy Speer, (815) 648-1372 or
Dates: Third Sunday of the month, call first for information
Times: 1-3 pm
Note: Groups welcome; special programs available

Site: Boger Bog, Bull Valley
Steward: Ders Anderson, (815) 455-1537
Dates: Fourth Saturday of the month; call first for information
Times: 10am-1pm

Site: Bystricky Prairie, Woodstock
Steward: Anne Basten, (815) 338-6223
Dates: Variable Saturdays; call for information
Time: 2–5 pm

Site: Coral Woods, Marengo
Steward: Kathleen Roberson, (815) 245-4093
OR Bonnie Leahy, (815) 923-2208,
Dates: Variable; call for information
Note: Groups Welcome

Site: Cotton Creek Marsh, Island Lake
Steward: Mike Bouska, (815) 759-0731
Dates: 1st and 3rd Sundays; call for information
Time: 1–3 pm
Note: Groups welcome

Site: Dufield Pond, Woodstock
Steward: Jeff Schumacher, (815) 337-9315 or
Dates: Second Saturday of the month
Time: 9am–12pm
Note: Call for meet-up location

The Hollows, Cary
Margie Szymanskyj, (815) 479-0988
Variable Sundays. Not held during cold weather; call first for information
9 am–12 pm
Note: Groups Welcome


Site: Lake in the Hills Fen
Steward: John Scott, (847) 658-6241
Dates: Variable; call for information
Note: Groups welcome

Site: Pleasant Valley, Woodstock
Greg Rajsky, (815) 814-5055 or
Dates: Variable; call for information
Time: 9 am–Noon
Note: Groups Welcome

Site: Pioneer Fen/Dutch Creek, Johnsburg
Steward: Robert Roe, 847-668-8559 or
Dates: 3rd Saturday of each month; 9am-12pm
Note: Groups welcome
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