Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteerism is an essential part of maintaining the facilities and programs at Champaign County's forest preserves! District volunteers develop meaningful relationships with the natural and cultural communities of the area, and aid in improving the quality of life for others in these communities.

The diverse volunteer opportunities at the District will allow you to work outdoors, learn about natural area management, or share your passion with others. However you choose to volunteer, you will become a valuable part of preserving Champaign County's natural and cultural resources for generations to come.

Staff will help you find a perfect fit based on your interests and skills. 

  • Resource Management
  • Special Projects
  • Education
  • Artifact Care
  • Gardening
  • Annual District Cleanup
  • Maintenance
  • Office Assistance
  • Special Events
  • Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Interpretation
  • Recreation (golf, fishing...)

The CCFPD has volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups based on your availability and interests. Our staff can custom-fit a project for school, corporate, civic and scout groups, either one-time or ongoing. For complete information on sharing your time and talents with the CCFPD, contact:

Email: volunteer@ccfpd.org
Office Phone: (217) 586-3360

Natural Resources

Trail Stewards

Trail stewards provide a valuable service to Champaign County forest preserves and their users. Steward opportunities are available at all five preserves. Trails vary by location; they may be mowed grass, mulched or asphalt/concrete.

Stewards are responsible for making the trails safe and pleasant. This includes pruning back limbs, clearing storm damage, removing invasive plants, controlling litter, and sharing reports with District staff. It is recommended to monitor the trails every 3-4 weeks simply by walking and enjoying the outdoors!

Garden Stewards

Volunteers are needed to maintain and enhance the beautiful garden beds in the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden and at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course as well as beds throughout the District's five preserves. We supply all the materials needed to plant and nurture the gardens; you supply the tender loving care and your gardening expertise.

Other Opportunities

  • Seed Collection
  • Invasive Species Control
  • Bluebird Monitoring

Museum & Education

The District's Education Department includes both cultural and environmental programming. Cultural Education is based at the Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (Mahomet) and offers dynamic exhibits, programs and events rich in local history. The Environmental Education program offers nature-themed and plant science programs throughout the District. The main office is located at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve (Homer), with staff at the Discovery Garden (Mahomet) and the Middle Fork Campground (Penfield).

Learn more


Hello prospective volunteer! Attached you will find three forms that we ask all of our volunteers to complete before they take up any volunteer assignments with CCFPD. Two forms require an electronic signature – the Waiver Form and the Background Check Form. For the electronic signature to be acceptable, you can type in your name and then fill in the date.

If you want to have a copy of these forms for your records, please do not hesitate to print out copies from our website.

Once you complete these forms on our website, you will need to send them to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ccfpd.org for processing. If the Volunteer Coordinator has any further questions, you will be contacted.

If you chose, you can also print out the forms, complete them, and mail or fax them to us. Address the form to CCFPD Volunteer Coordinator, P. O. Box 1040; Mahomet, IL 61853; our fax number is (217) 586-5724.

Again, thanks for offering to volunteer with us.

Volunteer Forms

Reporting Forms

Click the link below to download the form, fill it out, and then email it back to us at volunteer@ccfpd.org.

Trail Stewards