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Volunteer for Nature

 

Volunteers measure wind speeds at a prescribed fire.

Photo © Jennifer Whitney

Volunteers collecting native seed at Nachusas Grasslands.

Photo © Anne E. Cutting

Students and volunteers with CLIFFTOP remove brush on a white rock hill prairie in Southern Illinois.

Photo © Pen Daubach

Volunteers play an important role in monitoring butterflies, such as the regal fritillary.

Photo © Chris Helzer

A mother and son from Chicago’s Pilsen Community plant trees at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.

Photo © Laura Stoecker

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In 1983, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission created the Volunteer Stewardship Network (VSN) to connect volunteers to the outdoors and the natural world. Since then, the VSN has empowered thousands of people to preserve Illinois’ lands and waters. These volunteers work to protect and restore natural areas by collecting and dispersing native seeds, removing invasive species, planting trees and other plants, performing prescribed burns and many other activities.

All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Additionally, the VSN provides funding for tools and training for volunteers, ensuring they are adequately prepared to perform restoration. The Network also serves as a platform for volunteer groups across the state to share information and resources.

Volunteering for nature gives you the chance to learn more about natural areas, meet others who share your love of the outdoors, and make a difference in your community. For more information, contact 1-866-VSN-LINE (876-5463) or volunteerfornature@gmail.com.

 

IL Nature Conservancy Volunteer Sites

Nachusa Grasslands

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Indian Boundary Prairies

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Kankakee Sands

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

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