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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.“

~Margaret Mead

Whether you’re passionate about customer service, event planning, digital marketing, or education, there’s a place for you in our volunteer community. Each area offers a unique opportunity to contribute to our mission, making a tangible impact on the preservation of Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. By dedicating your time and skills, you become an essential part of our foundation, helping us create a sustainable future where nature thrives, and knowledge blossoms.

There are many ways you can help support our work. We believe in the power of collective action. By volunteering your time and skills, you become an integral part of our efforts to safeguard our area’s natural heritage and enhance educational initiatives. Every little bit helps and we are grateful for your support!

Hear From Our Volunteers

I volunteer because...


It’s a way to share my love and knowledge of the park; along the way, I’ve learned a lot in the process. I like helping people see what makes Starved Rock special.

Lenore S.


I actively enjoy Starved Rock State Park and want to be a part of its continued success. Joining the Foundation makes me feel like I have a stake in the future of Starved Rock.

John M.


I love the park and want to help preserve it for generations to come. Everyone deserves to experience the magic of Starved Rock.

Matthew K.

Become a Volunteer

Have you ever volunteered before?
Do you have any experience or involvement in the following? Check any that apply

All Volunteers will be asked to complete a background check upon approval of application.

Thank you for the time you have taken to fill out this application. You will be hearing from us soon to further discuss your interests, talents, and skills. We look forward to getting to know you better.

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