Volunteer with Friends

Friends members are volunteering throughout the county every weekend. Contact us and we can hook you up with a group or help you set up your own volunteer event.

Volunteers remove invasive plants, collect trash, assist with prescribed burns, work on trails, and gather and spread seeds to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. Whether it’s at Powderhorn Prairie (featured below) or another amazing preserve, we know you will enjoy being outside, volunteering, and enjoying nature with some like-minded people.

Powderhorn Prairie, which straddles Chicago’s southeast side and the suburb of Burnham, is home to an ecosystem so rare it’s considered globally imperiled. Powderhorn’s sand prairie was formed under the waters of ancient glacial Lake Chicago. When the lake water receded, it left dunes and swales in its wake. This home of prickly pear cactus (yes, cactus in Illinois) and prairie sundrops is one of the highest quality prairies in Illinois.

Reviving ecological stewardship at Powderhorn has been on Friends’ agenda for many years.

Volunteer Stewardship Events at Powderhorn:
3rd Saturday of the Month 9 am until Noon.
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 17

Need more info on volunteering

Whether you want to hook up with a group or set up your own event, call the office at (312) 356-9990 or shoot us an email and we’ll get you connected.