Thanks for Visiting 



All in-person events are cancelled until further notice. The Visitor Center remains closed. Our IDNR Naturalist is working on programs to be offered through Zoom. Please stay tuned.  We'll do our best to keep you updated as the situation progresses. Meanwhile, staff are working on site and will be returning phone calls and responding to emails.

Contact us at or IDNR site staff at or 815-344-1294.

Patrons are encouraged to call IDNR’s Parks administrative line Monday through Friday at 217-782-6752 with questions that pertain to other parks.

Please stay well!

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Friends of Volo Bog

Mission Statement


The mission of the Friends of Volo Bog is;


  • To promote citizen awareness of the natural heritage of Volo Bog State Natural Area through the support of education and special events.


  • To help with the acquisition of property, if needed.


  • To help insure the continued care and preservation of Volo Bog State Natural Area as a natural historic site.

Board Walk Update

 Our Voices Matter


Thank you for contacting your representatives.



What can I do now?  

Visit the

Tamarack Shop

Worth Saving Landmarks Contest


Vote for our very own Illinois Beach State Park. The content winner will get a $20,000 donation and and an additional $30,000 donation for endodontic services donated to their community.

Bird in my Neighborhood

Call for Volunteers!

Follow the link for additional information

Bluebird Monitors Training Workshop

Training Saturday

March 21, 1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Registration is limited; please email

 or phone 815-344-1294

Photo by Mike Schmitt


The 2020 Application for 2 - $1000 scholarships is here!

Applications are due March 31. 2020.

Bogs and Books

Check our our Spring selections.

  • March 14: Adventure Gap

  • April 11: Grandma Gatewood's Walk

  • May 9: A Dance With Cranes

Bird Walks

Volo Bog  State Natural Area & McHenry Dam

8:00 AM ~11:00 AM.

For Beginning and experienced birders alike.

Click Learn more for dates, sponsors and leaders.

Habitat Restoration

Moraine Hills State Park, 9:30-Noon

VBSNA, 9:30-Noon

Learn more for 2020 dates.

Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps

*Different Generations

*Different Conflicts

*One Common Cause: Protection & Enhancing our Natural Environment

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Friends of Volo Bog  operates solely on your donations and dedication of our loyal band of volunteers.

Please follow the link and click on the donation button to donate. Thank you!


Friends of Volo Bog is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of Volo Bog through education & citizen awareness.


Volo Bog & Moraine Hills Park has exciting volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteer and make a difference! - Please Inquire:

  • Join a Friends’ Board – openings on both Friends of Volo Bog and Friends of Moraine Hills State Park boards

  • Docents & Bog Naturalists at VBSNA once-a-month on weekends; training February 22 & March 7

  • Youth Program Naturalists at VBSNA – once-a-week on Wednesdays or Thursdays; Training March 19 & 25

  • Bluebird Monitors for VBSNA, MHSP, and other locations in McHenry & Lake Counties, training March 21

  • Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps at VBSNA & MHSP

  • Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Team at VBSNA & MHSP

  • Adopt-a-Road at VBSNA resumes in March

Planning a Visit to the Bog

The Visitor Center is open Wednesday - Sunday from 

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

There are times when staff/volunteers are not available and hours may change on short notice