The purpose of Volunteer Services Program at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is to engage volunteers who are willing to donate their time, talents and resources to support the programs and staff in carrying out the mission, purpose, and guiding principles of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the volunteer programs.
Danada Equestrian Center
The professional staff at Danada Equestrian Center is assisted by volunteers who care for the center’s popular residents and learn daily horse-care and feeding routines through lectures and demonstrations. The equestrian center is located within the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.
Assist staff in providing a fun and educational camp experience for students.
Equestrian Program Assistant
Care for Danada horses and maintain the stable environment while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience to facility visitors.
A child’s laughter, the gleam of discovery in someone’s eye, and the awe inspired by natural wonders are shared by volunteers at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center. The education center is located within the Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. Volunteers lead Nature Discovery Programs and hands-on learning activities for youngsters. They present the world of DuPage flora and fauna through games and puppet shows, which feature nature detectives Frank and Joe. Special events at Fullersburg Woods include Earth Day activities, maple syrup programs and the always-popular Halloween Night Walks. Bring the wonders of nature to life for visitors and school groups by becoming a Fullersburg Woods volunteer.
Assist staff in caring for the gardens on site while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience for visitors.
Assist staff in promoting cultural and natural resource interpretive/educational programs for the public.
Assist staff in researching information related to the site and present this information.
Visitor Center Attendant
Assist staff in welcoming visitors to Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center and assist visitors of all ages as they interact with the exhibits and activities in the center.
Kline Creek Farm
Individual and family volunteers are invited to step back in time and re-create life in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm, the District’s living history farm in West Chicago. The farm is located within the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve.
At the Timber Ridge Visitor Center, volunteers welcome guests and work at the gift shop. Other volunteers, dressed in authentic period clothing, experience life on the farm in the late 19th century in areas like domestic arts, blacksmithing, agriculture and carpentry. These volunteers may plant the kitchen garden; can vegetables in the summer kitchen or collect eggs from the chicken coop.
Some may care for livestock, assist with tours of the barn and outbuildings, or enthrall guests during themed weekends. Experience the life and times of 1890s rural living in DuPage County as a volunteer at Kline Creek Farm.
Assist staff in caring for District livestock and maintain agricultural facilities and equipment while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience to Kline Creek Farm visitors.
An opportunity as part of the Summer Teen Program for enthusiastic individuals to contribute to the success of Kline Creek Farm’s educational mission and gain valuable job, interpersonal and presentation skills.
Assist staff in interpreting 1890s beekeeping techniques to guests while maintaining the beekeeping area.
Domestic Arts Interpreter
Assist staff in demonstrating and interpreting 1890s domestic arts activities in the house, summer kitchen, garden and dooryard. Interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information.
Family Program Volunteer
Assist staff in demonstrating 1890s farming activities in a historic setting in period attire.
Assist staff in interpretation to visitors while conducting educational programming, assisting with special events or working on projects. Wear historical attire of the 1890s while performing duties.
Assist staff in interpreting and demonstrating 1890s woodworking, carpentry, cabinet making, metal-working and forge skills while wearing period attire.
Visitor Center Attendant
Assist staff in welcoming visitors to Kline Creek Farm and assist in the gift shop.
St. James Farm
St. James Farm Volunteers share the discovery of this former McCormick family retreat, which features equestrian and dairy buildings, International Harvester artifacts, artistic sculptures, and exceptional natural areas and trails. St. James Farm Forest Preserve is located in Warrenville and is one of DuPage County’s newest forest preserves.
Promote and present cultural or natural resource interpretive/educational programs for the public.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Keeping the “wild” in wildlife, that’s what Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn is all about. Volunteers work with native fauna and create a memorable experience for visitors at this wildlife rehabilitation and education center located within Willowbrook Forest Preserve. Volunteer animal keepers prepare the many specialized diets and help keep cages clean. A group of interested volunteers also lends a special hand to staff as clinical assistants and raptor educators. Volunteer interpreters and community outreach volunteers teach youngsters and civic groups about the importance of living in harmony with the county’s wildlife neighbors. They answer questions, explain exhibits and offer assistance to people dealing with wildlife dilemmas.
Assist staff in the care, feeding and safekeeping of a variety of wildlife at Willowbrook Wildlifer Center.
Assist staff in providing medical care to a variety of wildlife at Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
Family Program Animal Keepers
One adult and a child assist staff in care, feeding and safe-keeping of a variety of wildlife.