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Ever hear of the term “Go Green”? Today, everybody is going green! In addition to being environmentally conscious in your everyday life, you can volunteer at the following agencies and make a truly green contribution!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email volunteer@eiu.edu.

Douglas-Hart Nature Center

The Douglas-Hart Nature Center is dedicated to the education, understanding and enjoyment of nature. We feature more than 70 acres of forest, prairie, pond and wetland habitats as well as a Visitors Center filled with hands-on interpretive displays. We need your help in this quest.

Volunteers do not need any specific skills. Volunteers are needed to help on the weekends at the Visitor Center and to help throughout the week on the grounds, cleaning, and sorting newsletters. A volunteer form is available in the Office of Student Community Service for this opportunity.

Wish List

Contact Person: Dakota Radford
Telephone: 217-235-4644
Website: www.dhnature.org

Trash Pick-Up

Volunteers are needed to pick up trash in the community. Student Community Service (SCS) will provide gloves, trash bags, and maps of various areas. SCS will also pick up the trash bags at designated drop-off(s). Eastern Illinois University, Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Room 3065, Third Floor

Contact Person: Rachel Fisher
Telephone: 217-581-3967
Website: www.eiu.edu/volunteer

Embarras Volunteer Stewards

The Embarras Volunteer Stewards began in 1994 to help public and private land owners in their efforts to preserve and restore native prairie and woodland sites. We are people from all walks of life who work under the guidance of biologists. We give about 40 Saturday mornings a year to help in small ways so that Illinois will not lose the rest of its precious natural heritage, of which less than .07 percent remains to us today.

Volunteers are needed on specific Saturdays to assist with cutting and spraying bushes, planting shrubs, burning branches and more. Please visit the website below and go to "events" for specific dates.

Contact Person: Larry Thorson
Telephone: 217-345-6476
Website: www.embarrasstewards.org

The Whiteside Garden

In 1963, Dr. Wesley (Wes) Whiteside began transforming 5 acres of former farmland into a diverse botanical garden that has become a true treasure for east-central Illinois. Though he retired from Eastern Illinois University’s Botany Department in 1987, Wes continued to nurture and develop his garden, drawing many visitors to view his collections, which are unmatched in the region.

Volunteers are needed to help mulching, weeding, trimming, and more.

Wish List

Contact Person: Dakota Radford
Telephone: 217-266-1472
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/whitesidegarden/index.php