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.

A man and girl plant seedlings at a community tree planting event.
Chicago Volunteers Volunteers at "Roots & Routes to Grow," a community tree planting event in Chicago. © © Laura Stoecker

Explore. Volunteer. Give. Connect with nature and make a difference in your community.

Illinois Nature Conservancy Volunteer Sites

Volunteer for Nature gives the chance to learn more about natural areas, meet others who share your love of the outdoors, and make a difference in your community. Volunteer at one of our Illinois Nature Conservancy volunteer sites.

Explore VSN Resources

  • Find a Place to Volunteer

    Illinois’ natural areas need your passion, drive and expertise. Find volunteer opportunities near you. Volunteer

  • Stewardship Training

    Find info and resources on prescribed fire training, herbicide use, stewardship tools and certification programs. Learn More

  • Community Science

    Volunteer to team up with experienced stewards and scientists to monitor the recovery of native habitats, or to record data on rare species of wildlife. Explore Opportunities

  • Resources

    Explore our list of digital resources available for people who want to connect with others and learn more about the natural world. View List