FRIENDS OF THE FORGE
NEW YEAR, NEW PROGRAM
Volunteers Wanted: Get Involved. Get Active.

Volunteers are the backbone of The Forge: Lemont Quarries community. 

 

As a volunteer, you have endless opportunities to make a difference, share your skills, and connect with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

 

Explore impactful adventures as a Friends of The Forge volunteer, with individual and group volunteer opportunities available. 

 

Throughout 2021, Friends of The Forge volunteers can participate in the restoration and beautification of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (HQRA) through park conservation and clean-up projects, trail restoration and development, special events support, and more. 

 

A volunteer’s interests, experience, and availability will factor into the specific volunteer area where you are placed. Volunteers generally work 2-hour shifts once per month during our winter/spring season (January - June), expanding to a minimum of 3 - 4 hour shifts twice per month during our summer/fall season (July - December).

Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Children aged 14 and under require adult supervision by a parent or guardian.

 

We appreciate your time, energy, and enthusiasm and we look forward to helping you find an opportunity that is fun, rewarding and impactful. 

 

Remember… Adventure comes in endless forms!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

PARK CONSERVATION & CLEAN-UP

Available year-round (January - December)

The Forge: Lemont Quarries has removed over 10 acres of invasive species from the property, the primary culprits being buckthorn and honeysuckle, but there’s a lot of work still to be done. We are committed to continuing our invasive plant and tree removal and restoration efforts in order to restore the local ecosystem to its more natural state.

Commitment:

Winter/Spring season (January - June) 2-hour shift once per month (the second or third Saturday of every month), 9:00am - 11:00am. Summer/Fall season (July - December), minimum 3 - 4 hour shifts twice per month. 

Upcoming Schedule:

  • January 16th, 9 - 11am
  • February 20th, 9 - 11am

  • March 20th, 9 - 11am

  • April 17th, 9 - 11am

  • May 8th, 9 - 11am

  • June 12th, 9 - 11am

TRAIL RESTORATION & DEVELOPMENT

Available year-round (January - December)

The Forge: Lemont Quarries has restored over 5 miles of walking, biking and running trails on the property and has plans to continue building an expansive network of trails and obstacles throughout the park.

 

Commitment:

Winter/Spring season (January - June) 2-hour shift once per month. Summer/Fall season (July - December), minimum 3 - 4 hour shifts twice per month. 

HOW DO I BECOME A VOLUNTEER?

Potential volunteers should orient themselves with the overall Friends of the Forge volunteer program and review specific volunteer opportunities. 

 

If interested, get started by completing a Volunteer Interest Form to indicate your interests, experience, availability, and areas of interest. Our Team will work with you to match your preferences with our volunteer needs. 

We encourage and celebrate anyone who wants to volunteer! Children aged 14 and under require adult supervision by a parent or guardian.


Questions? Contact us directly at friends@theforgeparks.com.

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LOCATION

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main Street

Lemont, IL 60439

DIRECTIONS

630-326-3301

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