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Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Outdoor Habitat Work Days

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center uses one Saturday a month to clean up and beautify our nature center.

The following lists the upcoming workdays:

SaturdayTBD9 am - Noon

Do you love working outdoors and learning about nature? Are you looking for a one day project for you, your family, a club, team or students?

If you answered yes, put on your outdoor work clothes and get ready to have some fun, meet new people and serve the community.

Some of the tasks you may work on include:

  • Clearing weeds, brush and invasive plants
  • Gardening
  • Mulching and clearing trails from weeds and debris.


  • Must be 16 or older
  • Youth ages 8-15 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • All new volunteers must complete/sign a waiver and bring to the event. NOTE: If under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

To sign up or get detailed information about the workday, contact Jan Monell at: monell_j@cityofelgin.org or 847-531-7012.

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On-going Hawthorne Hill Volunteer Opportunities


  • Are you outgoing, friendly and have a pleasant phone voice?
  • Are you able to work a three hour shift once or twice a month?
  • Do you love nature and helping others but prefer to be indoors?

If you said yes, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Our nature center is looking for individuals to greet visitors, assist with events, answer the phone and perform general clerical duties.

We are asking for a commitment of once or twice a month for a three hour shift.


  • 18 or older
  • Must pass a background check and sign a waiver
  • Attend Orientation (currently unavailable)
  • Have basic clerical/office skills
  • Have a friendly, helpful attitude

For sign up and to get additional information about the nature center and the volunteer opportunity, please email Freddrick Wimms or call at 847-931-6127

Trail Monitors

Do you enjoy walking trails and love nature? If you do, we would love to have you as one of our Trail Monitors. Being a Trail Monitor means walking our trails and reporting any safety issues, such as overhanging branches or trees blocking the trails.

This position can be performed any time during open hours, all year round.


  • 16 or older
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 15 can volunteer if accompanied by an adult or guardian.
  • All new volunteers must sign a waiver.

For sign up and to get additional information about the nature center and the volunteer opportunity, please email Freddrick Wimms or call at 847-931-6127.

Far West Elgin Volunteer Opportunities

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After School Program Aides

This is a great opportunity for students who are thinking about a career in education or recreation. 

Our after-school program aides 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.

When: Monday thru Thursday during the school year

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where: Prairie View and Country Trails Elementary Schools, Elgin

Details: Assist children with arts and crafts, reading, homework, sports and games


Great Addition to your resume

Shows employers you are accountable and willing to make and keep commitment.

Demonstrates initiative and drive to potential colleges.


16 or older (Volunteers under 18 need a parent/guardian signature)

Must pass a background check

Must sign a waiver

Experience working with children a plus.

To schedule an interview or for more information please contact Amy Spooner at spooner_a@cityofelgin.org or 847-531-7013.