Make a difference for the local aquatic world! Volunteer and take action for animals on a Shedd Aquarium Action Day to restore and protect nearby beaches, waterways, and forest preserves. You’ll support animals from frogs to fish while having fun and learning along the way.
We host cleanups at sites along the Lake Michigan shoreline through the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ program as well as along the Chicago River. Volunteers work in teams, combing the shorelines for litter and recording data on their findings to support science-based litter prevention strategies.
Coastal Habitat Restoration
We’re working with the Chicago Park District to help bring natural spaces to our city parks. Through pulling weeds, planting native species, or seed collecting we take action for Great Lakes habitats.
Woodland Habitat Restoration
In partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, we make a positive difference for amphibians and other wildlife by restoring habitats. We use hand tools to cut and burn invasive brush to make room for native flora and fauna.
Shedd has teamed up with the Friends of the Chicago River to help reestablish crucial habitat in the North Shore Channel. Volunteers will wear waders and travel via canoe to plant native aquatic plant species along the banks of the canal.
Workdays and locations
All workdays are temporarily postponed until further notice. Email [email protected] if you would like to be notified when workdays resume.
Age and Requirements
All ages are welcome! No minimum requirements.
What to Bring
Reusable water bottles, snacks, and weather-appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Based on the time of year, you may want to bring sunscreen or bugspray.
- Beach cleanup
- Habitat and wildlife monitoring
- Invasive plant removal
- Habitat restoration
What to Know
• All events are weather-dependent.
• Transportation is available for select school and youth groups.
• Participant waivers are required.
Corporate group Shedd Aquarium Action Day opportunities are reserved for current corporate partners. Email to learn more.