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  1. Future organization-of & meetings for Friends of County Grounds Park group
  2. Future tours are scheduled
  3. Future service projects are available (like buckthorn removal)

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The event list below sometimes loads slowly from an EventBrite link - please provide extra time for it to load.  Sign up on this page, "Never Miss an Update" to be notified when more tours are scheduled.

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​Tour sign ups are typically posted the month before the tour is offered.  Sign-up links with full descriptions will appear above on this page.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Whether individuals or groups, we have pre-planned  and custom-tailored activities for you!  Ideal for scout groups, school groups, social groups, church groups, and corporate team-building. 


Opportunities include but are not limited to environmental enhancement, wildlife study/education, invasive species mitigation, spring trash cleanup, health & wellness activities, outdoor classrooms, native plant seeding, habitat preservation, expert-led tours, community outreach, historical infrastructure restoration, cemetery stewardship, fundraising, and communications. 


With over 100 unique acres including old-growth forest; rolling prairies; ponds, creeks and wetlands; 2 cemeteries; century-old landscaping inspired by Fredrick Law Olmsted; diverse wildlife habitat supporting several at-risk species - we can find an opportunity that matches your passion


Also actively seeking corporate sponsorships including sponsor-brand support. 


County Grounds Park / Sanctuary Woods

Volunteer Invasives Removal

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring their own work gloves

  • No tools being used - appropriate for all ages

  • No experience needed, training and supervision will be provided

  • Perfect for scouting groups, work groups, and other associations looking for 

  • Reservation requested for coordination purposes

  • Dress for the weather, we will hold event unless there is lightning

  • There are no onsite restrooms

  • Got questions?  Send email to


Photo Credit Eddee Daniel

Buckthorn is an invasive species that has taken over much of Sanctuary Woods and interrupted the regeneration cycle of the old-growth forest.

Future service opportunities will be communicated via the use the update list above and posted in the Eventbrite section.

Friends Group Monthly Meetings:

Friends of County Grounds Park holds regular monthly meetings.  Send email for time and location   

All are welcome to join, standing committees/topics include park improvement, communications, signage, wildlife, outdoor classroom, youth engagement, and health/wellness

Recent Newsletters:
March 2021 Newsletter Link

April 2021 Newsletter Link

June 2021 Newsletter Link

September 2021 Newsletter Link

October 2021 Newsletter Link

January 2022 Newsletter Link

April 2022 Newsletter Link

May 2022 Newsletter Link

June 2022 Newsletter Link

July 2022 Newsletter Link

August 2022 Newsletter Link

September 2022 Newsletter Link

November 2022 - Christmas Bird Count

December 2022 Newsletter Link

April 2023 Newsletter Link

May 2023 Newsletter Link

July 2023 Newsletter Link

August 2023 Newsletter Link

October 2023 Newsletter Link

December 2023 - Christmas Bird Count

April 2024 Newsletter Link

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