Are you interested in:

  • helping the environment?
  • working with others who share your love of nature?
  • contributing your time and skills to an organization you believe in?
  • broadening your resume and/or life experiences?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we've got some great opportunities for you! 

The Nature Conservancy in Illinois Volunteer Opportunities

Nachusa Grasslands: Please contact Preserve Manager Bill Kleiman at or 815-456-2340. You can also learn more through Friends of Nachusa Grasslands.

Kankakee Sands: Please contact Preserve Manager Rob Littiken at

Spunky Bottoms: Please contact Restoration Manager Tharran Hobson at 309-547-2730.

Grassy Slough: Please contact Volunteer Stewardship Network Coordinator Karen Tharp at or 618-634-2524.

Midewin: Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Allison Cisneros at or 815.423.2149. You can also learn more and see volunteer position descriptions on the Midewin volunteer web page.

Emiquon: Please contact Jason Beverlin at or 309-547-2730.

Indian Boundary Prairies: Please contact Karl Gnaedinger at 708-363-1654 or

Volunteer Stewardship Network

The Volunteer Stewardship Network (VSN) is a group of thousands of individuals committed to preserving Illinois' native plants and animals in healthy, viable habitats. The VSN is comprised of volunteer groups working at natural areas across the state. Volunteers come from many backgrounds, but they all share one thing — a love for Illinois' woodlands, wetlands and prairie.

For 25 years, the VSN has been helping to connect people with volunteer stewardship groups across the State of Illinois who are working to protect remaining natural areas. For more information about the VSN, please contact Karen Tharp, the Volunteer Stewardship Network Coordinator at 866-VSN-LINE (876-5463) or email at

For updates on what is happening across the state, view the current VSN newsletter Gatherings Online.