Family Volunteer Day activities
Volunteer activities vary at each site based on habitat needs. Below are activity options:
To help keep our local waters free of debris, we host litter cleanups along the Lake Michigan shoreline, through the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ program, and along the Chicago River. Volunteers will work in teams, combing the beach or bank for litter and recording data on their findings to support effective policies for preventing litter from getting into our waterways.
With more than 180 invasive plant and animal species in the Chicago region, taking action to prevent the spread of harmful ecological invaders is a good start toward restoring the places our local critters call home. Participants will learn about the natural habitats along Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and in forest preserves around Chicago, while making a positive difference for local wildlife, from frogs and salamanders to migratory birds. This is a great way to get physical and have fun restoring habitat!