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Public Services and Interpretive Programs


Volunteer Position Description - Interpreter

Interpreters deliver educational programs for groups that promote awareness, knowledge and appreciation for the environment and natural resources. This is a key role in sharing Midewin's history, mission, challenges and accomplishments. Interpreters help directly with part two and four of our mission which are to provide opportunities for scientific, environmental, and land use education and research and to provide recreational opportunities.

Volunteer Position Description - Youth Educator

Youth educators lead nature programs and stewardship activities for youth groups that visit Midewin such as local elementary school students in the Mighty Acorns program, scouts, home school classes and summer day campers such as the El Valor program from Chicago.  Youth educators help inspire students to learn about, explore and feel safe in the natural world around them. 

Volunteer Position Description - Welcome Center Host 

Welcome Center hosts are the public’s first contact upon entering the Welcome Center at Midewin.  They provide a friendly welcome and offer information about Midewin’s history, mission and recreation opportunities. 

Key Contacts


Allison Cisneros

Volunteer Coordinator

(815) 423-2149

Kathryn Gorman

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

(815) 423-2148