If you enjoy outdoor work and want to meet some nice people while helping the community, you will enjoy our projects. We meet once a month for a variety of conservation projects designed to support our beautiful natural heritage. Projects range from seed collecting to invasive weed control. No experience is necessary – we’ll show you what to do, and we’ll explain why it’s important. We’ll also provide gloves, goggles and hand tools (if needed), drinking water and snacks.

Dress to work outside

Wear layers of clothes that can get dirty. We strongly recommend blue jeans, sturdy boots, and three layers on top. We’ve learned that fleece jackets are just a magnet for sticky seeds and are best left in the car. We’ve also learned that if we’re cold we’re miserable, so we always recommend an extra layer of warmth – better to have it and not need it than the other way around.


We meet 9:00 a.m. to noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month and we alternate between two sites, unless otherwise noted*.

2023 DATES

Saturday, January 14 - Oak Openings - CANCELED- We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Saturday, January 21 - Herbicide Training Class from *10:30 - 12:00pm (Township Meeting Room)

Saturday, February 11 - Oak Openings 

Saturday, March 11 - CANCELED - We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Saturday, April 8 - Oak Openings

Saturday, May 13 - Donnelley Prairies and Oaks 

Saturday, June 10 - Donnelley Prairies & Oaks

Saturday, June 24 - Kildare *8:00am - 12:00pm 

*Sunday, June 25 - Kildare *8:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, July 8 - Donnelley Prairies and Oaks

Saturday, August 12 - Oak Openings

Saturday, September 9 - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, October 14- Oak Openings

Saturday, November 11 - Liberty Prairie

Saturday, December 9 - Oak Openings


Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve
18295 W. Casey Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.
Located on the south side of Casey Road, one mile west of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21).
Turn into the driveway and park/meet where the driveway crosses the trail. This is a private driveway. Parking is only permitted on volunteer work days.

Oak Openings Nature Preserve
Route 45, Grayslake, IL
On the east side of Route 45, one-half mile north of Casey Road.
Meet in the parking lot.

Donnelley Prairies and Oaks Preserve

The site is located on Casey Road. Entrance to the site is the farm entrance/gate west of Almond and Casey Roads, on the South side of Casey Road.

Weather Cancellations

We’re tough and hardy but we know our limits. Workdays will not be held under the following conditions:

  • Lightning or extremely high winds
  • Deep, heavy snow
  • Temperatures or wind chills of 10 degrees or lower
  • Temperatures of 95 degrees or higher

Youth Guidelines

Volunteers 15 years of age and younger are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult.

High school students who enjoy working in the outdoors are welcome with parental permission. Please bring the signed form to the volunteer work day.

Grow Your Skills

Volunteers have several opportunities for training and licensing for activities such as herbicide application and controlled burns. Please note that classes and tests must be successfully completed and volunteers then work under direction of paid staff. Safety is our highest priority.

Contact Us

Libertyville Township

359 Merrill Court

Libertyville, IL 60048     


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