Mary Mix McDonald Woods Restoration Volunteers

Volunteers pulling garlic mustard in the woods

Volunteers will assist the Chicago Botanic Garden staff in the restoration, study, and maintenance of a native oak ecosystem for public display and conservation.
Typical assignments include collecting, identifying, and cataloging native plants and animals; weeding out both small and large invaders; collecting and preparing seeds; and cutting and hauling heavy brush in winter. Tasks vary, depending on the season and the ability of participants.

  • Available to volunteer one-half day per week, primarily Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (12:30 to 4 p.m) from April through November; Tuesday or Thursday mornings (8 a.m. to noon) in winter.
  • Excellent health with physical dexterity, ability to bend and kneel, and tolerance for working outdoors in all seasons. The work can be physically demanding.
  • Stamina, endurance, and patience.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and to accomplish assignments. Previous experience or knowledge is required for some tasks.
  • Helpful: an interest in and appreciation of native species and a desire to learn about them.

Removing buckthorn