Children at Big Marsh Park participating in BioBlitz trying to observe small bugs.

Stewardship at Big Marsh Park

Kids learning about bugs at Big Marsh Park.

BioBlitz at Big Marsh Park

Boy Scouts looking for critters in the bushes at Big Marsh Park.

BioBlitz at Big Marsh Park with the Boy Scouts


Volunteer workdays take place at various natural areas across the city of Chicago. Workdays are led by trained Community Stewards. Activities differ by site and time of year, and can include tasks such as litter pickup, trail mulching, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, as well as nature-based activities like birding and plant identification walks. ​​​​​​

Come join us!

 

 

  • Dates and times are subject to change and capacity varies by location. Please contact the Steward at the site listed to confirm your attendance. 
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver before beginning work.  


Group Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about group volunteer opportunities, visit:  www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/get-involved/volunteer.
 


For additional information about the Community Stewardship Program, please email stewardship@chicagoparkdistrict.com.


12th Street Beach 
(1200 S Linn White Dr.)

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14

Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup days through the Great Lake Action Days (GLADs) program at 12th Street Beach. Contact greatlakesactiondays@sheddaquarium.org for details or to confirm workdays.

 

63rd Street Beach 
(6300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)

Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 19
  • July 18
  • Aug 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21

Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup days through the Great Lake Action Days (GLADs) program at 63rd Street Beach. Contact greatlakesactiondays@sheddaquarium.org for details or to confirm workdays.


Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park 
(125 W Fullerton Pkwy)

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

  • April 1, 8 & 15
  • May 6
  • June 3 & 17
  •  July 8 & 22
  • August 5 & 26
  • September 2

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for “Hops and Habitat”.  Workday activities include planting, pulling invasive species, restoring trails, cleaning fences and mulching trees. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Aaron Hammond at ahammond@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Lincoln Park
(East of Addison and N Lake Shore Dr.)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

  • January 9 & 23
  • February 20 & 27
  • March  13 & 27
  • April 10 & 24
  • May 8 & 22
  • June 12 & 26
  • July 10 & 24
  • August 14 & 28
  • September 11 & 25
  • October 9, 23 & 30
  • November 13 & 20
  • December 4 & 18
  • December 18  

Join the Lake View Citizens Council in stewardship activities in and around the Sanctuary. Work takes place work rain, shine or snow, so be prepared. Work gloves and tools will be provided. Meet at the east side of the Sanctuary located east of the totem pole at the small garage near the viewing platform. Park is north of the Sanctuary in the Waveland Golf Course lot. RSVP at info@jarvissanctuary.org.

Bobolink Meadow in Jackson Park 
(63rd St. Just West of Lake Shore Drive (Next to Driving/Golf Range))

9:00 a.m. – noon

  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
     

Join neighbors and friends for habitat restoration workdays. Volunteer tasks vary each month and might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection or trash pick-up. Meet at the south entrance to the Meadow. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Stewards Norm Bell and Gail Parry at parrybell@ameritech.net.

Burnham Nature Sanctuary 
(47th St. and Cornell Drive (West of Lake Shore Drive))

9:00am – 12:00pm

  • April 3 & 24
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 10
  • Aug 7
  • September 11
  • October  2
  • November  6
  • December 4


Volunteer tasks vary each month and might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection or trash pick-up. The Metra and several CTA bus stops are available less than two blocks from the nature sanctuary. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Kathleen Taylor at taylorkathl@aol.com.

Burnham Nature Walks

Select Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

  • February  2
  • March 22 Canceled due to COVID-19
  • May 3
  • June 21
  • August  2
  • September 20
  • November 1
  • December 20

Join fellow community members to explore off the beaten path at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, and observe the impact of volunteer stewardship at the natural area. Volunteers meet at 9:20 a.m. at the Burnham Nature Sanctuary parking lot (47th st. and Cornell Dr.). Bring a pair of binoculars, and dress for the weather, as the walk will proceed rain or shine! Contact George Davis to RSVP or for more information at (773) 268-4856 or kenwoodgwd@yahoo.com.

Columbus Park 
(Jackson Blvd. and Golf Dr. (West of Central Ave.))

9:00am – 11:30am

  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • August 28
  • Sept 25
  • October 23


Team up with fellow community members to restore the natural area in Columbus Park! Meet in the southeast corner of the parking lot, behind the Refectory. Workday activities can vary by season and may include brush removal, litter pickup, invasive species removal, and native plantings. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Laura Brentner at lbrentner@luc.edu.

Humboldt Park
(1440 N. Sacramento Ave.)

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • May 22
  • June 26 
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25 


Team up with fellow community members to improve the natural areas in Humboldt Park! Workday activities can vary by season and may include brush removal, litter pickup, and planting natives. Meet east of the field house, next to the statue. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Jaclyn Wagner at jaclyn.humboldtpark@gmail.com.

Kathy Osterman Beach
(Ardmore and Lake Front Trail Entrance)

10:30am – 12:30pm

  • May 2
  • June 13
  • July 25
  • August 29
  • October 10
  • November 21


Join friends and neighbors to help clean up and restore the Natural Area at Kathy Osterman (also known as Hollywood/Ardmore) Beach. Please bring your own water bottle and dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes (we have Sand Burs!). All ages and experience levels are welcome. Enjoy a swim and afternoon at the beach afterward. Meet on the north side of the beach, just east of Ardmore Ave. and Sheridan Rd. turnaround/beach entrance. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Renee Patten at ostermanbeachnaturalarea@gmail.com

Leone Beach
(1222 W. Touhy (East of Sheridan))

9:30am-12:30pm

  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10


The east side, closest to Lake Michigan is being restored as a sand prairie. The west and north sides of the building are being restored as a black oak savannah. Meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, the oldest building on Chicago’s lakefront. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Ann Whelan at dune.steward@gmail.com

Loyola Beach Dunes 
(Pratt Avenue & Lake Michigan)

9:30am– 12:30pm

  • May 15
  • June 19 
  • July 17
  • August 21 
  • September 18 
  • October 16


Meet at the entrance to the dune habitat at the west end of the pier at Pratt Ave. and Farwell Ave. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward, Ann Whelan at dune.steward@gmail.com.

Montrose Beach Dunes 
(4400 N Simonds Dr. (South End of Montrose Beach))

9:00am – 12:00pm

  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 19
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 19
  • October 17


To reach this site enter via Montrose Avenue entrance towards the lake. Travel east along the harbor as the road winds to the right. Opposite to the harbor, walk towards the beach house. The dune habitat is to the right, next to the concrete fishing pier. It's the only vegetated portion of Montrose Beach. Space is limited, RSVP at mbdstewardship@gmail.com.

North Park Village Nature Center 
(5801 N. Pulaski Rd.)

Every Wednesday and Sunday, year-round from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Restore the woodland, wetland, and prairie communities in the nature preserve. Activities include planting native species and invasive species control. Registration is required. Contact the Nature Center at (312) 744-5472 for more information.

North Pond in Lincoln Park 
(2610 N. Cannon Dr. (Near Fullerton)

10:00am – 12:00pm*
*times may change, please contact Steward for more information

  • April 24
  • May 8 & 22
  • June 5 & 19
  • July 10 & 24
  • August 7 & 21
  • Sept 25
  • October 2 & 16


Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for the North Pond Gardeners Workdays in planting, pulling invasive species, restoring trails, cleaning fences and mulching trees. North Pond is located behind the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Meet on the plaza in the front of North Pond Restaurant. RSVP with Aaron Hammond at ahammond@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

Palmisano Park 
(Halsted. and 29th St. (Across from the McGuane Park Field House)

9:00am – 12:00pm

  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16


Join Bridgeport area friends and neighbors in activities such as invasive species control, weeding, litter removal, seed collection, and planting. Gloves and tools are provided. Appropriate dress is strongly encouraged as we will be entering the prairie areas to work: wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, hats. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Carla Lents at stearnsquarry@gmail.com.

Ping Tom Park 
(Wentworth Ave. and 19th St. (Along the Chicago River))

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • April 13
  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9


Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup workdays through the Shedd Aquarium Action Days. Enter the park on 19th St., just west of Wentworth Ave., make a right at the pagoda, then walk north along the river and meet near the Urban Kayaks boathouse. Space is limited, RSVP at ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org.

Rainbow Beach Dunes 
(77th St. and the Lake (Enter at 79th St.))

  • May 22   11:00am – 1:00pm
  • July 24    10:00am – 12:00pm        
  • September 25   10:00am – 12:00pm


Join neighbors and friends for habitat restoration workdays. Volunteer tasks vary each month and might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection or trash pick-up. Meet at the entrance off the parking lot, at the southeast end of the beach. Space is limited, RSVP at https://rainbowbeachdunes.wordpress.com/rsvp/.  

Ronan Park
(Argyle St. and N. Shore Channel Bike Trail (Along the Chicago River))

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9


Join neighbors and friends to help enhance the Ronan Park Natural Area. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and dress in weather–appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP at ronanparkstewards@gmail.com

South Shore Nature Sanctuary 
(7059 S. South Shore Dr.)

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • April 24
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 14
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20

Meet behind the South Shore Cultural Center, at the entrance to the sanctuary. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear weather–appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves will be provided.  Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Susannah Ribstein at susannahbet@gmail.com.

West Ridge Nature Preserve
(5801 N. Western Ave.)

10:00am - 12:00pm

  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 14
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20


Join the West Ridge Nature Park Advisory Council for volunteer activities, which may include invasive species removal, native seed collection and dispersal, and litter cleanup.  Gloves and tools will be provided. CTA Bus #49B. Space is limited, RSVP with Community Steward Tom Murphy at tjmurphy4@comcast.net.

12th Street Beach 
(1200 S. Linn White Dr. (South of the Adler Planetarium))

11:30am – 1:00pm

  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • October 13


Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup workdays through the Shedd Aquarium Action Days. Space is limited, RSVP at ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org.
 

63rd Street Beach
(6300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 29
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16


Join the Shedd Aquarium for restoration and cleanup days through the Shedd Aquarium Action Days. Space is limited, RSVP at ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org.

 

 

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