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BackYard Nature Center

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Fun at the Lagoons!
Volunteers help remove invasive plants and replace them with native plant plugs. The forests of Skokie Lagoons are a unique place to discover on your own or with a group.

BackYard Nature Center connects children and adults with the wonders of nature in New Trier Township. We do this by developing events and activities in the areas of education/outdoor learning, unstructured play, and habitat restoration.

These programs take place at local parks, schools, and the Skokie Lagoons. Skokie Lagoons is a network of forest, artificial lagoons, channels, and islands that winds along the Edens Expressway between Winnetka, Northfield, and Glencoe.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
  • Leading educational nature hikes and bird walks
  • Assisting teachers in creating learning opportunities in nature for their classes
  • Facilitating nature-based play programs
  • Participating in habitat restoration activities at the Lagoons involving the removal of invasive species
  • Supporting marketing and administrative initiatives
  • Participating in strategic planning as a member of our board

For more information about volunteering with BackYard Nature Center, please visit our website, backyardnaturecenter.org.

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About BackYard Nature Center


New Trier Township, WINNETKA, IL 60093, US

Mission Statement

The mission of BackYard Nature Center is to promote, facilitate, and strengthen the bond between the nature environments in New Trier Township and the children and adults who wish to enrich their lives with direct experiences in nature.


BackYard Nature Center (BYNC) is a not-for-profit organization which was incorporated with the State of Illinois in 2007. It received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS in July 2009. In its initial years, it has already reached hundreds of children and adults with its stewardship and educational programs.

It is the Center's position that exposure to natural habitat has enormous benefits - cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual - for healthy child and adult development. To connect with nature in one's literal and figurative backyard is a life-affirming experience to be shared with family and community.

Children & Youth


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New Trier TownshipWinnetka, IL 60093



  • Database Administration
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Content Management Systems
  • Public Relations
  • Environmental Education


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training

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