Volunteer at Spring Valley

Spring Valley's volunteer program encourages community involvement and assistance in the ongoing restoration of the sanctuary and with the presentation of public programs and special events. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age with a strong interest in providing a community service. Group volunteer opportunities also exist.

A variety of short term, seasonal and ongoing projects are available.

For more information, call 847-985-2100.


Enjoy the outdoors as you assist with wildlife habitat improvement, prairie restoration, native plant seed collection, prescribed burning (training provided), trail maintenance, or nurturing monarch butterflies at the Monarch Rearing Station.

Gardening/Garden Maintenance

Assist with the care of the various display and educational gardens at Spring Valley. Volunteer work opportunities are available at various times and days to suit a variety of schedules.

Volkening Heritage Farm

Opportunities abound at the Heritage Farm! Provide historical interpretation, care and feed the farm animals or assist with farmyard maintenance.

Environmental Education/Ongoing Programs

Provide a unique experience for visitors by helping in one or more of the following program areas: Summer camp or program assistant, or Monarch Rearing Station presentations.

Special Events

Help with a variety of activities at Spring Valley's special events: Sugar Bush Fair, Earth Day Party, Family Campfires, Autumn Harvest Festival, Tricks & Treats in the Valley, Christmas in the Valley and more! 


Spring Valley Volunteer Application Form (PDF)