Forest Preserve seeks Windmill, Nature Center volunteers

By on July 29, 2011

GENEVA—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County needs your help.

The district is currently seeking volunteers for the Fabyan Windmill in Geneva, as well as weekend hosts at the Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center in St. Charles.

Fabyan Windmill volunteer positions include docents, millers and hosts. Docents provide visitors with tours of the historic windmill at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva. Millers provide visitors with demonstrations on how the Fabyan Windmill runs. Hosts greet visitors, provide them with a self-guided brochure and answer questions about the windmill. Windmill volunteers are asked to commit to three- to four-hour shifts at least two to three days per month.

“The Fabyan Windmill is one of the coolest local landmarks in the area,” Head Miller Mark Rivecco said. “As volunteers, we see ourselves as educators and protectors of the windmill. Seeing the amazement on people’s faces when the sails turn makes it a rewarding job as a volunteer.”

The Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center also has unique volunteer opportunities. Nature Center hosts greet visitors, answer questions and present basic concepts of ecology and natural history upon request. Nature Center hosting is the perfect opportunity for those looking to build a volunteer resume, while also learning about nature. Volunteers are asked to commit six to eight hours per month.

“It is a great experience to see the looks of amazement on kids faces when they see our Nature Center tucked in the woods at Tekakwitha,” said District Naturalist Ben Katzen. “Volunteers get to interact with the public and share their interest in the natural world. Anyone who enjoys working with the public and doing it in a picturesque setting would enjoy being a host.”

Those interested in these two volunteer positions, or any of the many other volunteer offerings at the district, are invited to attend the next volunteer orientation session on Aug. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Lodge at Brewster Creek, located at 6N921 Route 25 in St. Charles.

To view a full position description, or to learn more about other volunteer opportunities, visit and click the Volunteer sidebar.

For more information, contact Robb Cleave at (630) 762-2741 or e-mail