Volunteer at Spring Valley

Due to COVID mitigations, volunteer opportunities are currently limited to outdoor and small group projects. As operations and programming expand during 2022, additional opportunities will be available. Those interested in volunteering should complete and submit a volunteer application- applicants will be notified when volunteer opportunities are available.

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.

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: Mighty Acorns Youth Stewardship or Monarch Rearing Station presentations.

Special Events

Help with a variety of activities at Spring Valley's special events: Sugar Bush Fair, Mowing and Mooing, Autumn Harvest Festival, A Haunting in the Valley, Hog House to Smokehouse and Christmas in the Valley.


Spring Valley Volunteer Application Form (PDF)