Volunteer

The chapter provides several types of volunteer opportunities.  Committee work provides a longer term opportunity and Special or One Time Events offers variety with several different options. Volunteering for the chapter can offer many rewards.  You may learn a new skill, increase your knowledge of native plants, expand the public’s knowledge of native plants and much more.   Not only will you help the environment but you will also get to know other members of the chapter.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to volunteer for any of these committees or special events.

Current Committees

Membership: This Committee maintains the membership records, support member retention, and promote chapter growth.

Plant Sale: This committee is responsible for coordinating the annual native plant sale.

Publicity: This committee serves to notify the public of meetings, activities, and projects sponsored by the Illinois Prairie Chapter.

Newsletter: This committee coordinates the preparation and distribution of an Illinois Prairie Chapter newsletter at least quarterly.

Grant Program: This committee coordinates the promotion of the program, review applicants, and make recommendations to the Board.

Special or One Time Events

Booth Volunteers: Help the chapter expand the public’s knowledge about the benefits of using native plants at various events around the area such as the Master Gardener’s Home and Lawn Show. Responsibilities may also include set up, take down, and delivery of the booth materials. These hours can be counted toward Master Naturalist and Master Gardener volunteer hours.

Dirt Crew Volunteers: These volunteers are a group of individuals willing to work on outdoor native plant projects as they arise. Notification of an upcoming volunteer opportunity will be sent via e-mail. Those contacted will need to notify the Volunteer Coordinator of availability. Volunteers are welcome to bring friends and family to the project site to help out.  These hours can be counted toward Master Naturalist and Master Gardener volunteer hours.

Mentor Program: Members with questions or wishing to have a house call (currently Bloomington-Normal area only), should send these to the Chapter’s email address (ilprairiewo@gmail.com). An experienced chapter member will address any received questions or arrange an on-site visit.
Note: Experienced members add your name to the mentor list by seeing a Board member or sending a message to the chapter email account.