Be the Change

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!



As a bookstore volunteer, you’ll be the friendly face that greets guests, helping them find the perfect memento from their park experience. Your responsibilities include organizing shelves, assisting customers, and ensuring the bookstore runs smoothly. By sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm, you enhance visitors’ shopping experience, supporting our foundation’s initiatives with every sale.


By leveraging your skills in digital marketing, social media, or content creation, you help raise awareness about our initiatives. Crafting compelling narratives, designing eye-catching visuals, and engaging with our online community, you amplify our message to a broader audience.



From organizing themed events to coordinating logistics, your creativity and dedication make these occasions unforgettable. Event volunteers assist with planning, set-up, visitor interactions, and ensuring everything runs seamlessly, contributing to the vibrant atmosphere of the parks.



Inspire the next generation of environmental stewards! Guided by knowledgeable park staff, you’ll help participants explore nature, learn about wildlife, and understand the ecological importance of the parks. Your enthusiasm and expertise create an engaging learning environment, fostering curiosity and a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Choose your area of interest, roll up your sleeves, and join us in preserving our natural heritage, enriching minds, and building a brighter future for our community. Together, we can create lasting memories, educate generations, and ensure the legacy of Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks for decades to come. Contact us today and let your volunteer journey begin!

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.