Education Volunteers

Our volunteers are part of a team working to connect people with their natural and cultural legacies. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit just about any skill and interest.

Use your strengths, passions and dedication to make a difference in the life of someone today — volunteer with the Education Department!

Contact the District’s Volunteer Coordinator to get started. We look forward to meeting you! email: volunteer@ccfpd.org | phone: (217) 586-3360.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Youth Programs. Teach preschool and school-aged youth the value of our natural and cultural history. See below for more information about assisting with school programs and summer youth programs.
  • School Marm/Master. Dress in traditional garb as you take students back in time in our one-room schoolhouse.
  • Counselor in Training. Our Counselors in Training enrich our campers’ experiences as they help with summer camp (for ages 11-17).
  • Public Programs. Engage the public in our array of exciting educational programs.
  • Special Events. Make our events a success as you assist with all aspects of preparation and execution. Receptionist: Provide friendly service to visitors at the Museum of the Grand Prairie and/or the Homer Lake Interpretive Center.
  • Curatorial. Photograph, catalogue and care for our collection of artifacts at the Museum of the Grand Prairie (formerly Early American Museum).
  • Library. Catalogue research materials at the Museum of the Grand Prairie. (formerly Early American Museum)
  • Program Photographer. Photograph posed and action shots of participants at events and programs.

Education Department Volunteer Handbook

Please download our handbook for more information and an application form.

More Information

Summer Youth Programs

Counselor-in-Training Program

If you are 11 years or older, you may apply to be a Counselor-in-Training for Eco-Adventures, Garden Adventures and Grand Prairie Kids. For more information, e-mail David Evans at devans@ccfpd.org or call (217) 896-2455. Candidates are selected through an application and interview process.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Our adult volunteers play a valuable role in our summer programs! You may volunteer for Eco-Adventures, Garden Adventures and Grand Prairie Kids. Please contact Stacey Clementz or call (217) 896-2455 for more information about current needs.

School Programs

Assist staff with education programs for school groups, grades K- 5. Training is provided. Time commitment is generally 2-3 hours for each program (including setup and cleanup), unless noted otherwise. Our most popular programs are listed below. Programs occur on weekdays; exact dates and times for each program vary depending on teachers' schedules. Please contact us for more information.

Prairie Adventures

(This is a five-hour program; volunteer for a half-day or full-day)

One-Room Schoolhouse

Dress in traditional garb as you take students on a trip back in time in our one-room schoolhouse. Schedule will vary according to how many marms or masters we have at the time. Pick the times you can be here.

  • Season: April-May & Sept-Oct
  • Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
  • Contact: Katie Snyder

First Illinoisans

  • Season: Oct-Nov
  • Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
  • Contact: Katie Snyder

Life on the Grand Prairie

  • Season: Sept-Nov; March-May
  • Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
  • Contact: Katie Snyder

Into Insects

  • Season: April-May & Sept-Oct
  • Location: Homer Lake & Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves
  • Contact: Stacey Clementz

Sights & Sounds of Nature

  • Season: April-May & Sept-Nov
  • Location: Homer Lake & Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves
  • Contact: Stacey Clementz

Frog Follies

  • Season: April-May & Sept
  • Location: Homer Lake & Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves
  • Contact: Stacey Clementz

Seed Safari

  • Season: April-May & Sept-Nov
  • Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
  • Contact: Katie Snyder

Botany Basics

  • Season: April-May & Sept-Nov
  • Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
  • Contact: Katie Snyder