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Lake Katherine
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Upcoming Service Opportunities

Public Work Days

Tuesday, July 31st
9:00am - 12:00pm

We will meet at the Nature Center at 9am and then head outside to remove invasive species from the grounds. Dress for the weather and prepared to get dirty. We'll supply gloves and tools, but you're welcome to bring your own gloves if you'd like. Please bring a refillable water bottle and, as needed, sunscreen and insect repellent. All volunteers must bring a completed Day Waiver form to participate. Please register online at (Lake Katherine volunteers - please use VicNet or VicTouch to register.) If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact Sara at 708-361-1873 to see if we will be able to accommodate your group for this event.

Opportunities for Current High School Students

These opportunities are for high school students who are looking for service learning hours. If you would like to volunteer for camp or the summer programs, please complete our online form at If you have any questions, or are over 18 but interested in volunteering for one of these programs, please contact Marian at 708-361-1873.

Camp Counselor

If you love being outdoors and working with children, this would be a great volunteer opportunity for you. Each camp runs for a full week. Camp counselors volunteer from 9:30am to 2:30pm each day.

Camp Dates:

  • July 9 - 13
  • July 16 - 20
  • July 23 - 27
  • July 30 - August 3
  • August 6 - 10
  • August 13 - 17

Summer Program Volunteer

If you enjoy working with children and don't mind getting a little dirty, this is a great way to gain experience while earning service hours for school. Each program is a two-hour commitment and you may sign up to volunteer for multiple programs.

Tom Sawyer Style Fishing
Children will try their hand at fishing, catch and release style.

  • July 11 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • August 1 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Walking in the Waterfall
We will take children for a walk in the waterfall and investigate the movement of water.

  • July 25 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • August 15 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Wetland Wonders
Children will hike the shores of Lake Katherine and collect specimens using water nets. We'll then examine the specimens using magnifying glasses and a dissecting scope.

  • June 13 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • August 8 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm


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