Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Volunteer Stewardship Network

Volunteers are needed across Illinois—in cities, suburbs and rural areas—to help care for green spaces and share the wonders of nature with others.

Three volunteers examine and collect seeds in a grassland.
Seed Collection Illinois Native seed collection at Orland Grassland © Joshua Lott
Volunteer Overview

Roll Up Your Sleeves—and Make a Difference

For more than 40 years, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to support more than 140 groups that care for nature and their local communities. 

Volunteer opportunities vary from removing invasive species and collecting native plant seeds to monitoring birds, tending community gardens and connecting communities to nature through outdoor programming. There is a role for everybody: individuals, families or groups.

Find Volunteer Opportunities by Zip Code

It’s easy to find volunteer opportunities near you. Simply use this link to search for an opportunity near you. If you cannot find an opportunity that appeals to you, please contact brooke.thurau@tnc.org for assistance.

Looking for TNC Volunteer Opportunities?

Five TNC natural areas and programs regularly enlist volunteers: Nachusa GrasslandsIndian Boundary PrairiesKankakee SandsMidewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Illinois River Program. We’d appreciate your help!

In person work
Multiple dates and varied times
Brooke Thurau