Get Involved

Get Involved at The Grove

There are several ways you can support this remarkable treasure in our community.


In order to provide quality educational programs for local school children throughout the school year, The Grove depends on volunteers. Our programs include seasonal changes, pond study, wild flowers, pioneer arts and skills, Native American cultures, and nature walks. If you have a few hours available once a week, once a month or anything in between, why not become a Grove volunteer?

To apply, complete an online application. For more information, contact Ashley DeAngeles at 847-299-6096 or

Long and short-term opportunities are available in a variety of areas such as:

  • Animal Care
  • Natural Area Restoration 
  • Program Interpreter 
  • The Grove Store 
  • Special Events 
  • Air Station Prairie
All active volunteers are eligible for the following benefits:

  • On-going training and enrichment
  • Museum gift shop discount
  • Annual volunteer recognition event
  • Grove T-shirt


Box Turtle

Be A Buddy!

…to a box turtle, to a bullfrog, to a bluegill! Sponsor an animal at The Grove. Your sponsorship includes:

  • An official certificate of Sponsorship suitable for framing
  • A color print of your animal
  • A fact sheet about your animal
  • Your name on the “Animal Sponsorship” list displayed at the Interpretive Center

To learn more, click here or call The Grove at 847-299-6096 for a list of available animals and sponsorship fees.

Make a donation!

Show your generous support for The Grove through:

  • Employer-sponsored matching gifts
  • Memorial or tribute gifts
  • Planned gifts through bequests, retirement plans or gifting of life insurance

Call The Grove at 847-299-6096 for more information.

Join the Grove Heritage Association!

For over 30 years, the Grove Heritage Association, The Grove’s citizen support group, has played an integral part in the preservation and development of the Grove, volunteering thousands of hours and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. To learn more about the Grove Heritage Association and how to get involved, click here.

Restoration Work Days

Please check our Upcoming Events at the top of this page for dates. Restoration work days meet once a month, on a Saturday, from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Help collect seeds or remove non-native, invasive plants to make way for native wildflowers, grasses and trees. Anyone ages 8 and up is welcome. No advance registration necessary—just dress for the weather, bring your work gloves if you have them and meet at the Interpretive Center. (Work parties may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.)