The volunteer program seeks to:
The Natural Resources division is revising and expanding the volunteer program. Over time we will be introducing additional volunteer opportunities to help enhance the volunteer program and give the community more options to become involved. Currently we offer SNAPS, a group that focuses on stewardship of the natural areas. Future opportunities will include; assisting with nature programs, monitoring of natural areas, trail monitoring, seed collection, and community gardens.
Derby Volunteer- To assist staff with parking, limits/registration checks, and greeting participants. Work at an assigned area during the derby and help clean up after the event.
Nature Program Volunteer- To assist staff in presenting concepts of ecology and natural history to school, scouts, and general public using hands-on activities. Lead students, scouts, and public on hikes through the Conservation Area for various lengths of time and assist the Naturalist in a variety of activities necessary to provide successful education programs.
Garden Volunteer- Assist staff with installing new plant material in pollinator and learning gardens. Weed and clean gardens, remove dead blooms and branches. Maintain plant identification tags and signs. Evaluate and monitor plants within the gardens. Monitor Community Garden area.
Adopt-A-Trail Volunteer- To help maintain the aesthetic and natural quality of the District’s trails. Community groups, organizations and individuals may adopt a trail or a one-mile section of a certain trail to promote trail usage by reporting on the conditions of the trail and collecting refuse from the trail area.
Seed Collection- To assist land management staff in the collection and processing of native plant seeds, which will be used to reestablish native plant communities in other natural areas in the District. Use hand tools to harvest woodland, prairie, and/or wetland seeds at natural areas in the District.
If you are interested in participating in SNAPs workdays or becoming a site steward, please call (630) 739-2600 or email us at