Volunteer for Nature


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 volunteerfornature@gmail.com.


IL Nature Conservancy Volunteer Sites

Nachusa Grasslands

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to visit page!

Indian Boundary Prairies

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to visit page!

Kankakee Sands

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to visit page!

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

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to visit page!


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to visit page!


Connect with Nature


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