Join our Restoration Volunteers!
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. This is a partnership of Libertyville Township and Conserve Lake County.
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.
- Saturday, May 13 - Liberty Prairie
- Saturday, June 10 - Oak Openings
- Saturday, July 8 - Liberty Prairie
- 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
18267 Casey Road, Grayslake, IL
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.
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
Children 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult. High school students who enjoy working in the outdoors are welcome with parental permission.
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.
Conserve Lake County
32492 North Almond Road
Grayslake, IL 60030