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Volunteer With Us!

Looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your community? The Park District of Highland Park has a place for you! Whether you are planning a one-day service event for a school or business, want to join our natural areas restoration days, or seek a longer-term commitment by coaching one of our youth sports programs, we offer tools, expertise and support to make your volunteer experience fulfilling.

Our volunteers report that they enjoy:

Love the Outdoors?

Become part of the team working to restore our natural areas. Activities include collecting seeds, planting native plants, and removing invasive species like buckthorn and garlic mustard. Our volunteers meet most Fridays at Heller Nature Center (9 am to noon). School, corporate and community groups are welcome. Call to set up an event that works with your needs.

Contact Liz Ettelson at 847.571.7740 or eettelson@pdhp.org to learn more.


Like to Spruce Things Up?

Heller Nature Center needs trail and grounds maintenance volunteers. Assist Heller staff with trail trimming, gardening and wood chipping trails. Ages 12 and up welcome. Ages 8 and up welcome with a parent/guardian. Groups are welcome!

Call Heller Nature Center at 847.433.6901.

Want to Bee a Volunteer?

Heller’s beekeeping volunteers help keep our hives healthy and thriving while learning about the world of honeybees. They gain hands-on experience in the apiary and have fun working with a diverse and knowledgeable group of staff and volunteers.  Participation in the program can be as involved as you wish. Heller staff send out emails about special projects and when we host larger work days.

To get on the contact list, call Heller Nature Center at 847.433.6901.

Sports are your Game? 

Want to coach young athletes in one of the many sports offered by the Park District of Highland Park? Now is the chance to be involved! Reach out today to find out how you can help. Coaches are needed for all youth sports.

Contact Chris Maliszewski at 847.579.4102 or cmaliszewski@pdhp.org for more information.

Got an awesome idea for an Eagle Scout Project?

Come prepared with ideas, your timeline and hours you hope to work.  Contact Liz Ettelson eettelson@pdhp.org for an interview to discuss your project ideas.

Fill Out A Volunteer Application Here