How to Volunteer

Volunteering for Fun

Our primary volunteer activities take place at our regularly scheduled workdays (See “Upcoming Workdays” calendar at right). These workdays occur outdoors at the Carl Hansen Woods/Poplar Creek Forest Preserve from 9 a.m. until approximately noon on alternating Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. A map to this location is shown at right under “Primary Work Site.” Our workday activities vary depending on the season. Although we work hard, our workdays are fun! They are a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, get some exercise, learn about native Illinois habitats, meet new people, and make new friends. We have a mid-morning snack break (we provide the snacks), and volunteers often go out for lunch at a nearby casual eatery after the workday ends. Please see What to Wear to ensure that you are dressed appropriately for the volunteer work.

Volunteering for School Credit

If you are reading this, you have probably been told by a teacher that you can receive credit for volunteering with the Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards. To receive credit, you must attend one or more of our workdays. Please plan to arrive in time for our 9 a.m. start, and to stay for the entire workday, which goes until approximately noon. If you have an attendance card or other document that must be signed to show you attended the workday, please be sure to bring it with you, and we will be happy to sign it at the end of the workday. We will provide any tools or training you need for the morning’s activities. NOTE that to participate in the workday, you must be appropriately dressed; if you are not, we reserve the right (for safety reasons) to turn you away, and you will not get credit for the workday. You do not need to contact us prior to attending a workday, , but you do need to bring a completed Volunteer Agreement & Waiver Form that includes a parent’s or guardian’s signature if you are under 18. A link to the form can be found on the right-hand side of this page.

Bringing Your Group to Work

We are always happy to host groups that want to volunteer. If you are bringing a group of more than five people, please contact us in advance to make arrangements so we have enough work leaders, tools, and refreshments for all the volunteers.

Thank you for your interest—we hope to see you soon! If you have questions that we have not answered, please contact us. You can also check out our Facebook Page!