Volunteer Opportunities

Land Protection

JDCF is looking for volunteers to help make sure that our preserves and conservation easements are being properly conserved. Volunteers will be assigned to one or more properties and will be asked to hike their assigned properties at least once per year to take photographs and document activities occurring on the land.

To learn more, contact Jim Johannsen at landprotection@nulljdcf.org.

Outreach & Education

JDCF hosts a series of nature-based educational events throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed to make these events a success. We are also looking for individuals to guide group tours at some of our public preserves.

To learn more, contact educator@nulljdcf.org.

Stewardship

Caring for our properties is central to our mission. Volunteers will get out on the land to help battle invasive species, maintain trails, and much more. Enjoy working with kids? Then volunteering for Sunshine Acre, our program to help local, disadvantaged youth learn life skills through the creation and care of a one-acre prairie, might be for you!

To learn more, contact steward@nulljdcf.org.

Upcoming Events

Fall Forest Walk

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and  nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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The Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our keynote speaker will be Adrian Wydeven, nationally-renowned timber wolf expert, based at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, in Ashland, WI. For more than 50 years, there were NO sightings of wolves in Illinois, but with declining habitat north of us, wolves have again been sighted since 2002, more in Jo Daviess […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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