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Volunteer Opportunities

                                                                             **Current volunteers may submit service hours HERE   

We nurture nature. 

Volunteers play an essential role in our forest preserves.  Whether you assist at a one-time event, or commit to a long-term project, the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County’s volunteer program offers flexible opportunities that appeal to a wide variety of interests – for individuals and groups alike!  Find a special niche that best fits your existing interests and skills – or expand your horizons! Contact us to discuss the endless possibilities.

Thank you to the Equestrian Group “…From the Git Go,” who helped with trail maintenance at Oak Ridge Forest Preserve on Saturday, September 30th.  We gratefully appreciate your involvement!

We appreciate the help received from the staff at RAI Trade Marketing Services who collected native prairie seeds on Friday, September 22nd at Deer Run Forest Preserve. Thank you for nurturing nature!  Click HERE see all the pictures from that morning!  


UTC Aerospace Systems spent a great “Day of Caring” in another area of Deer Run Forest Preserve collecting purple coneflower seeds on Friday, September 22nd – we thank you so much! DSC_0625

HERE are pictures from that warm afternoon!

Thank you to the REAP Workday Volunteers who joined us at Colored Sands Forest Preserve on Saturday, September 16th!  We had great fun at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory afterward.  A special thanks to the Rockford University Alpha Helix Club and the Boy Scouts of America!  Click HERE to see pictures from that beautiful day.DSC_0615

We are grateful to the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America who helped remove invasive plants species at Severson Dells Forest Preserve recently.Take a peek at Scouts Day – August 19, 2017!
2017 8-19 Scouts Day full group

Thanks also to the Rockford University Freshmen students who participated in the annual PLUNGE activity at Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve on Monday, August 21, 2017. Due to their help removing invasive plants like honeysuckle and buckthorn, native plants and wildlife will be allowed to thrive in a healthier habitat! HERE are some more snapshots from that morning.
2017 8-21 PLUNGE Group Photo

R∙E∙A∙P (Restoration ∙ Education ∙ Appreciation ∙ Preservation) is a group of dynamic volunteers from all walks of life who are committed to ecological preservation. Activities include stewardship, habitat restoration workdays, wildlife monitoring, native nursery, and other enriching conservation and educational opportunities. Experience is not required, and on-going training is provided. Click on the individual links below for details:

What is your passion?  Do you have a background in ecology, nature education or other special skill/talent that may benefit our community?  Contact us! We will utilize your knowledge to give a guided hike, workshop or other conservation-educational activity!

    Shonty and her Dad Ryan help remove invasive honeysuckle at Kilbuck Bluffs Forest Preserve     volunteers-with-flashcards     fall-for-the-forest-preserves    barbara-williams       2016-7-16-ravine-pic-shornbeck-rockford-rotary-fp       dscn6420

Our partner agencies offer volunteer opportunities, too!

QUESTIONS? Contact Kim O’Malley at (815) 877-6100 (T/W/Th), or e-mail

ARE YOU READY TO NURTURE NATURE AS A R.E.A.P. VOLUNTEER?  Complete our application by clicking the link below:

Volunteer Application for Individuals  (If you are applying as a GROUP, please click HERE )            

Browse our Volunteer Handbook!