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Kankakee Sands: Volunteer With Us!

We are so grateful for our volunteers! Whether you have helped to pick up garbage, transplant seedlings or spray invasive plants, we truly appreciate the time and energy you have put towards creating prairies and maintaining savannas at Kankakee Sands. This year, more than 350 hours have been volunteered at KS! Amazing! Thank you for volunteering and for your friendship, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming volunteer opportunities:    

Thursday Mornings at Kankakee Sands

We invite volunteers to join our Kankakee Sands work in Indiana and Illinois from 9 am to 11 am on Thursdays through the end November. Activities will change with the seasons and may include seed collection, seed cleaning, invasive species removal, garbage clean-up, etc.

Saturday Workdays

We have family-friendly volunteer workdays scheduled on the second Saturday of each month from 9 am to noon. Join us!

Upcoming Workdays


Saturday, November 14th, 2015; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Seed Cleaning in the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn:  This volunteer workday will focus on the seed "cleaning," or removing the seed from parent plant material. We'll work on small batches of many different species, especially our fluffy-seeded asters and goldenrods. The seeds we clean will be planted on new acres of restoration at Kankakee Sands this December.There will also be potential for other housekeeping odds-and-ends as we get ready to close down the seed barn for the year. Join us for the seed frenzy (and hot cider, too)!
We will be meeting in the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn, located at 417 W CR 600 N. RSVP’s appreciated. Email Bria Fleming or call (219) 285-2184 for more information about the workday. Thanks!

Saturday, December 12th, 2015; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Brush cutting of trees and shrubs: Happy Holidays! There’s nothing to put everyone in the festive mood like removing invasive trees and shrubs, right? Right? Anyone? For our December workday, we’ll be starting a new project to eradicate sassafras from the Unit C prairie planting. We’ll be using the “hack & squirt” method to kill the larger trees- the bark will be scored using a hatchet, and then herbicide will be applied. We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear, but we ask that you bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. In particular, some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) is strongly recommended, along with cold-weather gear. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call (219) 285-2184 with questions or to RSVP.


Volunteer Positions

We also have several long-term volunteer positions available. These positions are for committed individuals able to work regularly and independently throughout the year. Click on the name of each for a position description:


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