See Something? Say Something. Join Trail Watch in the Forest Preserves


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Cook County, ILChicago, IL 60646


Become additional eyes and ears of our Law Enforcement Department. Be a visible presence to help make our preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors as you are out enjoying nature. You can be on a bike, runnning, hiking or just out on a leisurely stroll at your favorite Cook County Forest Preserve. All you have to do is report anything amiss to the Forest Preserve Police.

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • You must attend a brief volunteer training and pass a criminal background check
  • Report anything concerning via phone to Forest Preserve Police
  • We will provide you with your own neon volunteer t-shirt to wear when you are "on duty"
  • Enjoy yourself and be courteous
To get started and reserve your spot at an upcoming training, please visit and search for "trail watch"


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Law Enforcement
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Totally flexible!
  • attend a 1.5 hr training and pass a background check

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