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
  • Freedom Fest
  • 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
  • Frog Call Survey

Museum & Education

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.

Volunteer at the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Homer Lake Interpretive Center, as well as at several Forest Preserve District sites!

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

Learn more

How to Become a District Volunteer

FILL OUT a volunteer application.

When your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by a District staff member to arrange potential placement within the District and assign you to an available training class.

Thanks for helping Champaign County Forest Preserve District fulfill its mission!

Want More Information?

Contact the Volunteer Office at 217-586-3360 or volunteer@ccfpd.org

Reporting Forms

Current Volunteers

Log in to our online scheduling system: Volunteer Information Center