Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Volunteer Opportunities – We Nurture Nature

                                                                             **Current volunteers may report service hours Here   

The Forest Preserves of Winnebago County provides unique and enriching opportunities for local citizens to explore and learn about our natural areas and the wildlife that inhabit them. Whether you assist at a one-time event, or commit to a long-term project, our volunteer program offers flexible opportunities that appeal to a wide variety of interests – for individuals and groups alike!  Experience is not required, and on-going training is provided.

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workdays (Restoration.Education.Appreciation.Preservation.)

Come to our volunteer workdays held on the third Saturday of every month between April and October at various forest preserves from 9 a.m. until Noon. There is no commitment (only a waiver is needed to join in the fun)!  No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Our natural resource experts offer hands-on ecological restoration training consisting of invasive plant removal and native seed collection, plus enriching conservation activities when our work is done. Participant names are entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! Stay tuned for our 2019 R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday schedule!

R.E.A.P. Workday at Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve


Volunteer Trainers Justin and Steve

Check out our Volunteer Opportunity Directory!

Apply HEREWe make it easy to nurture nature. 


Contact Kim O’Malley at (815) 877-6100, or e-mail




Our partner agencies offer volunteer opportunities, too!