To volunteer at Nachusa Grasslands, there is no need to complete a volunteer application. Volunteers have diverse backgrounds, wide ranging skills and abilities, and, above all, a strong desire to make a difference.
Volunteers participate in many, if not all, aspects of managing and restoring habitat, leading tours, and running events. Volunteers are treated as colleagues and are given training at the same level as staff. Volunteers may even work with chainsaws, tractors, and participate in controlled burns if they have the ability and pass safety and online training.
Information about specific activities can be found on the Volunteer Opportunities page.
Volunteers who have the desire to lead restoration efforts are encouraged to become land stewards. Information about stewardship and how to become one can be found on the Stewardship page.
Thursday and Saturday workdays are a great way to begin volunteering and finding out what happens at Nachusa. Activities vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. Learn more about Work Days Here.
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College students seeking extra credit or fulfilling class requirements are welcome to participate in workdays from early May through early November. Stewardship activities usually include weed management and seed collecting.
During the late fall, winter, and early spring, Nachusa staff and trained volunteers focus on tree and brush removal involving heavy equipment. Because of safety considerations, workdays are not open to students seeking extra credit or fulfilling class requirements from late November to late February.
If you are planning on attending a workday, please discuss your participation with your instructor. You do not need to telephone or email us, but you do need to sign up in advance.