Volunteers at LaBagh Woods (photo by Jeff Skrenty)
Volunteers at LaBagh Woods (photo by Jeff Skrenty)

Centennial Volunteers

Centennial Volunteers logo_web smallJoin the Centennial Volunteers!

Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore nine special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers.

Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards through on-going education and training.

Learn more about the Centennial Volunteer program at http://fpdcc.com/volunteer/centennial-volunteers. Come dressed to be outdoors. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes.

Our partner organizations are the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Chicago River, The Field Museum and Chicago Ornithological Society.

Questions? Email Radhika Miraglia at radhika@fotfp.org or Fatimah Al-nurridin at fatimah@fotfp.org.

Beaubien Woods

Work will focus on reducing and removing invasive wetland plants to restore the marsh to health. Also remove non-native brush to restore the former prairie.

Chicago, IL 60633
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To join, email Fatimah at fatimah@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

Blue Star Memorial Woods

Remove buckthorn and other invasive trees. Volunteers will also seed to encourage oak reproduction and to reduce erosion.

Harms Rd, Glenview
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To join, email Radhika at radhika@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

Clayton Smith FlatwoodsScyth 7-26-17

Remove buckthorn and weeds to restore native savanna, woodlands and river bluff ecosystems.

6639 W. Harts Rd., Niles 60714-4469
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To join, email Radhika at radhika@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

Forest Glen Woodsphoto by Heather Gustafson 7-26-17

This unique oak woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem needs help from our volunteer community to remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion issues. 

5420 N. Forest Glen Ave, Chicago
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To join, email Radhika at radhika@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

Kickapoo Woods and Prairie

Help restore oak savanna and prairie along the banks of the Little Calumet River.

14498 S. Halsted St, Riverdale
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To join, email Fatimah at fatimah@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

LaBagh/Hernandez Woods

As one of the most important refuges for migrating birds in Chicago, LaBagh Woods is  a popular site for birders. Help thin buckthorn and other invasive species to encourage native oak reproduction. 

Foster & Cicero, Chicago, IL
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To join, email Radhika at radhika@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

IMG_1396River Oaks Woods

This 10-acre woodland along the Little Calumet River is home to osprey, beavers, wetlands and ancient oaks. Reclaim a stretch of wild riverbank by removing invasive species and helping to stop erosion!

Parking is available at River Oaks Golf Course.

South Holland, IL 60473
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To join, email Fatimah at fatimah@fotfp.org.

SommeSomme Woods East

Remove invasive species to restore this oak woodland located along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

1714 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
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To join, email Radhika at radhika@fotfp.org or sign-up here.

Whistler Woods

Located in the Calumet region, this site is in need of invasive species removal and seeding.

678 W 134th St, Riverdale
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To join, email Fatimah at fatimah@fotfp.org or sign-up here.