Volunteer Events

Earth Day (Mid-April)

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Each year, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County hosts a special planting event in honor of Earth Day. We are calling on the public to join us in planting hundreds of trees on this important occasion. Our dedicated Natural Resources staff will prepare the holes, and all we need are enthusiastic volunteers like you to do the planting. It’s an easy and rewarding experience – simply place the trees in the pre-dug holes, tamp down the dirt, add water and mulch.

Earth Day events are suitable for individuals, families, scouts, and other groups. Whether you want to plant just one tree or stay and plant throughout the entire event, the choice is yours! Make sure you arrive at 9 a.m. sharp. We will be planting until 11 a.m. or until we run out of stock – whichever comes first!

If you are part of a group of 10 or more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-762-2741 or email us to RSVP. Individuals or groups of less than 10 do not need to register in advance.

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Caption: Volunteers planting trees during an Earth Day event

Earth Day 2024

  • Saturday, April 20; 9 a.m. sharp!
  • Elburn Forest Preserve – Parking locations: 1N750 Reed St., Elburn, Elburn American Legion Post #630 & Obscurity Brewing (back lot)

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Caption: Map of the Elburn Forest Preserve with parking locations

Earth Day Flyer

9 a.m. – Tree Planting:

  • We’ll plant White Oaks & Bur Oaks until we run out. In past years, we’ve run out in just over an hour, so please be there at 9 a.m., sharp!

9 – 11 a.m. – Activities:

  • Visit our Pop-Up Naturalist Exhibit
  • Spin the Wheel of Prizes
  • Listen to music by local band, Sunflower Headlights! (You may wish to bring a bag chair or blanket to hang out and enjoy the music.)

10:30 a.m. – Naturalist-led Hike

Join us for an all-ages, naturalist-led hike to discover more about the Elburn Forest Preserve. This unique preserve dates back to the 1920s and is the third oldest in the District’s system. Learn about the impact and management of invasive species compared to native species during this informative hike.

Seed Harvests (Summer & Fall)

Help the District’s Natural Resource Management staff in collecting plant seeds that will be used to restore native plant communities in the Kane County forest preserves. We will provide the necessary hand tools for harvesting woodland, prairie, and wetland seeds at various preserves throughout the county. Seed harvests typically take place on Wednesday mornings from June to November. For specific dates and locations, please refer to the District’s Facebook page.

Restoration Workdays

Get involved in our restoration workdays to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of our forest preserves. Work alongside our dedicated staff to restore natural habitats, remove invasive species, and maintain the beauty of Kane County’s forests. Experience firsthand the satisfaction of making a positive impact on our environment.

Remember, volunteering not only benefits the community but also allows you to connect with nature and promote a healthier planet. Join us at our upcoming events and be part of the movement towards a greener future.

For more information and helpful tips on tree planting, visit Tips Tree Planting.

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Caption: Volunteers participating in a restoration workday

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