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Departments: Forest Preserve

Activities & Programs

Education PROGRAMS

Pop Up Nature 2023 – Come meet the Flora and Fauna of DeKalb County with DCFPD wildlife ecologist Patrick McCrea and Damon Lubkeman

Afton Public Star Party  on December 8th Hosted by the Northwest Suburban Astronomers

NatureFest 2023 – Saturday April 22, 2023

Camp Russell – Summer day camp registration is now open!

April 28 – May 1 City Nature Challenge–Rock River Valley

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Volunteer Opportunities & Public Events for Spring 2023– new volunteer opportunities and public events have been posted, please click here for more information.
  • The Volunteer Land Stewards Volunteer Group for the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District is a community-based organization dedicated to the protection and management of the natural areas within the forest preserve district. The group is composed of volunteers who work in collaboration with the forest preserve district staff to restore and enhance the natural habitats of the county. These individuals serve as ambassadors for the district and assist with a variety of tasks related to land conservation and preservation.The Land Stewards Group provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and participate in natural area management activities, which include working on trails, invasive species removal, collecting seeds, planting native plants, and monitoring wildlife. The Natural Area Stewards Group is committed to fostering a community-driven approach to natural area management that emphasizes collaboration, education, and the protection of the environment.Overall, the Land Stewards play an essential role in protecting and preserving the natural beauty of DeKalb County’s forest preserves. Their hard work, dedication, and passion for the environment make them invaluable members of the community.

    The Volunteer Land Stewards usually work on Wednesday mornings at forest preserve sites.

    For more information e-mail Natural Resource Manager Josh Clark at


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