Volunteer Opportunities

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 Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
Outdoor Work Days
We are planning several work days in upcoming months. No orientation is needed to participate.

 Saturday Aug 20 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday Sep 17 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday Oct 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Saturday Nov 19 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. No job is too big or small - extra hands are needed for everything from clearing and preparing the garden to planting to weeding to shoveling dirt!  Great opportunity for groups, teams, clubs and individuals.

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center welcomes volunteers 10 years and up to participate in outdoor work days. Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ALL volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please bring a water bottle, wear work boots/tough shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and dress for the weather.

Visitor Greeter at Hawthorne Hill
- Do you enjoy greeting others and sharing information about nature? Do you answer the phone with a smile in your voice? Are you willing to assist with basic office tasks (filing, sorting, organizing)? Commitment: Minimum of a 3 hour shift once a month. 

Trail Monitors - If you like to stroll through nature, this is the job for you! Trail monitors are needed to walk the nature trails at the Nature Center and report any safety issues, such as overhanging branches or trees blocking trails.
Tot Time Nature Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers to assist with set-up and take down of play equipment, check-in parents and children by swiping membership pass and ensuring waiver forms are signed. Other responsibilities include maintaining a safe play environment during nature exploration and play (parents are present during play time).          
Wednesdays from 10:00 - Noon. Bilingual is helpful, but not required.

All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation, sign a waiver, and complete a background check.  

           Earth Day  Earth Day              

Contact Cindy Corrigan at or (847) 931-6770 about volunteering as an individual, or bringing a group. We’d love to have you join us!       

After School Teaching Volunteers Needed:00 
After-School Teaching Assistant Volunteers
Prairie View & Country Trails Elementary Schools need your help!

 After-school Teaching Assistant Volunteers help staff with activities that promote positive and healthy lifestyles for youth, grades K-5. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, reading, games, homework help and more.

September - December   |  Monday-Friday  |  3:30-5:30 p.m.
Prairie View Elementary, 10N630 Nesler Road
Country Trails Elementary, 3701 Highland Woods Boulevard

This is a great opportunity for student who are thinking about a career in education or recreation.
Volunteer positions show future employers and college admission counselors the student's drive and dedication.
Such accomplishments demonstrate initiative, personal will and leadership skills. 

After-School Teaching Assistant Requirements
      • All volunteers must be 16 years old or older
      • New volunteers must attend orientation, sign a waiver, and have a background check
      • Volunteers under 18 need a parent or guardian's signature on their waiver and background check
      • A minimum of a weekly commitment is requested

For more information, contact Cindy Corrigan at , or by phone at 847-931-6770.

 Volunteer Orientation

Attending Volunteer Orientation is your first step in making a difference here in Elgin.  We truly have something for everyone's interests and schedule.  Orientation days and times are ongoing. 

Contact, Cindy Corrigan, Volunteer Coordinator,  to schedule your orientation. 

Cindy Corrigan

847-931-6770 Volunteers in Action

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Discovering the wonders of seeds!
ERC Kids Day Off
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Kids Day Off Volunteers assist the staff with activities that promote positive and healthy lifestyles for youth, grades K-5. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, reading, games and more.

 All new volunteers must:
  • Attend orientation
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Sign a waiver and have a background check
  • Commit to a weekly minimum
 Benefits of Volunteering:
  • Gain new skills
  • Add to your resume
  • Impress admission officials
  • Show responsibility

October 10 8 am - 2 pm   Eastside Recreation Center
October 28 8 am - 2 pm  Eastside Recreation Center 
November 8 8 am - 2 pm   Eastside Recreation Center

For more information, contact Cindy Corrigan at or 847-931-6770.   

Safety Town
Thank you to all of our Eastside Recreation Center Camp Volunteers and Safety Town Volunteers. You made the summer fantastic for all of the participants.