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Fullersburg Woods

A child’s laughter, the gleam of discovery in someone’s eye, and the awe inspired by natural wonders are shared by volunteers at the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center. The education center is located within the Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. Volunteers lead Nature Discovery Programs and hands-on learning activities for youngsters. They present the world of DuPage flora and fauna through games and puppet shows, which feature nature detectives Frank and Joe. Special events at Fullersburg Woods include Earth Day activities, maple syrup programs and the always-popular Halloween Night Walks. Bring the wonders of nature to life for visitors and school groups by becoming a Fullersburg Woods volunteer.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

For complete descriptions of any of the positions listed below, contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

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Gardener

Age Requirement: 16 years and older, unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian

Application Required: yes

Deadline: Feb. 1

Commitment: Six month season, April through October, 4 hours per week

Description

Garden volunteers assist in the maintenance of plant beds. The amount and type of work varies daily and is weather-dependent. The gardens require most work during late spring and early summer and during late summer and early fall.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Assist in general maintenance of the plant beds, including weeding, planting, watering, pruning, and collecting seeds.
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Naturalist

(Position Currently Filled)

Age Requirement: 18 years and older

Application Required: yes

Orientation Required: yes

Deadline: Feb. 1

Commitment: Six months, 5 hours per week

Description

Volunteer naturalists assist staff with kindergarten through third-grade school groups. During the busy spring and fall, the center offer three Nature Discovery Programs, designed to create awareness of the natural world. Volunteer naturalists present puppet shows and work with small groups of children on activities that emphasize discovery and the appreciation of nature. In March, a maple syrup program teaches the natural history and physical process of making maple syrup. During this program, volunteer naturalists present puppet shows and assist with station maintenance.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Present educational puppet shows.
  • Lead small groups of children through nature activities.
  • Help setup and maintain stations and disassemble for the day.
  • Volunteer for special events, such as Maple Syrup Sundays, Earth Day and Halloween Night Walks.
  • Assist with special projects.

Additional Requirements

  • Attend nature interpreter training sequence.
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Special Events

Age Requirement: 18 years and older

Application Required: yes

Orientation Required: yes

Deadline: None

Commitment: year-round, 12 hours per year

Description

Special events volunteer opportunities exist within the Forest Preserve District and Fullersburg Woods.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Assist Fullersburg Woods Staff with event setup, take down, material preparation and organization.
  • Answer questions from the public regarding special projects.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned.
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Visitor Center Volunteer

Age Requirement: 18 years and older

Application Required: yes

Orientation Required: yes

Deadline: Feb. 1

Commitment: One year, 4 hours per week

Description

Visitor center volunteers provide a valuable service by staffing the nature center and working on office tasks.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Answer phone calls, take reservations, direct calls to staff and answer questions about Fullersburg Woods programs.
  • Interact with the public, greet visitors as they enter.
  • Work on various office tasks.
  • Encourage visitors to explore the exhibits.
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