Meetings on select Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

2020 Meeting Information

Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corp


John Fairgrieve & Mike Iwanicki shingle the roof on the Chimney Swift Tower. 

All veterans are invited - 


Please join US! 


Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside 

Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam in McHenry 

For more information contact Stacy Iwanicki at (815) 344-1294


The noblest task that confronts us all today is to leave this country unspotted in honor and unexhausted in resource... I conceive this task to partake of the highest spirit of patriotism.

- Stewart L. Udall

 Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? 

- Robert Redford 

Different Generations - Different Conflicts - One Common Cause: 

Protecting & enhancing our natural environment for all of Illinois! 


The Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corp is affiliated with Volo Bog State Natural Area, Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam, a complex of Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites in western Lake County and eastern McHenry County. A cooperative effort of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with Friends of Volo Bog, Friends of Moraine Hills State Park, and the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County, the VVCC provides opportunities for veterans to continue serving their country by developing and assisting with projects to enhance our state parks and natural areas. 


 Our Projects: 

  • Informational Kiosk 

  • Bird Houses 

  • Chimney Swift Tower 

  • Osprey Tower 

  • Leopold Benches 

  • Seed Sorters 


Chimney swift tower constructed by VVCC

 The initial meeting of the Veterans Conservation Corp was held on October 1st, 2011 in the Volo Bog’s visitor Center led by the Site Naturalist, Stacy Iwanicki and the Veterans Service Officer, Mike Iwanicki from the McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission. Representing Army, Navy, and Air force, veterans attending our first meeting were Robert Bruce, Steve Domski, Big John Silva, Gary Larson, Christopher Kwon, and Bob Vetter.