To stay informed sign up for volunteer eblasts here

Volunteers are always needed for the fun and rewarding work of habitat restoration, whether indoors or out. Workdays provide great exercise, fresh air and the chance to make new friends.  And, our committees that work on events, projects and educational programs inspire creativity, project management skills, and community awareness!  There are several ways to volunteer indicated in the form below.

We also have AOF Board Committee positions available.  If you have an interest in serving on our Fundraising, Marketing, Programs, Projects or Volunteer Committees, contact us below and we will assist you.

Who Can Volunteer? 

  • Adults and teens age 13 and up.  Children ages 12 and under with an adult.
  • Girl and Boy Scouts (can earn badges, Try-its, Eagle Scout and Gold Badge Award work)
  • School service organizations such as React, Interact and National Honor Society
  • Church/Synagogue groups
  • Corporate teams

More About Workdays (See our list of upcoming dates/locations)

Workdays are year round, even in winter. Most are on Saturday mornings.  

We work at various parks and natural areas in the Lake Zurich area, depending on the season and the task.  We keep an updated list on our Events page but you can stay informed by completing the form below.  We send an email blast out with any changes early in the week of the workday. 

For workdays:  DO: wear long legged pants such as denim jeans that you dont mind getting dirty as well as long sleeved shirts.  Wear closed toed shoes.  Bring gardening gloves. DO NOT wear open toed shoes, shorts, fancy clothes that you dont want to get dirty. No loose jewelry. 

 2021 Workdays: Workday locations are determined by the task that needs to be accomplished and we will know that as the workday approaches.  Please request that your email address be added to our volunteer eblast   so you can be informed of the task and location and any changes to workday schedule.                                                                                                                                  

Wed. October 6 , 12 noon til 2 pm,  -Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park

Sat., October 16 , 9 am til 11 am,  Kuechmann Arboretum then join us for Oaktoberfest.

Wed. Oct. 20, 12 noon til 2 pm.   Kuechmann Arboretum

Wed. Nov 3 , 12 noon til 2 pm,  Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park

Sat. Nov 6, 9 am til 11 am, Site TBA

Wed. Nov 17 , 12 noon til 2 pm,   Seed Cleaning 52 Robertson Rd. LZ

Sat. Nov 20 , 9 am til 11 am,  Seed spreading at various  sites, Meet at Kuechmann Arboretum 

Sat. Dec. 4  9 am til 11 am  Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park

Sat., Dec 18 , 9 am til 11 am,  Site TBA- Check volunteer email

Enjoy your holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hannukah!


 Outdoor work not your thing ?  We have committee positions available in various aspects of non profit conservation.  Inquire here. 

Not Able to Volunteer?  Please consider donating to this worthy local conservation effort by clicking on Donate to access our secure Paypal account.  

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