There are many park activities that need volunteers

General Park Help

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If you would like to volunteer regularly at Chester Woods, and learn about many of the activities of the park, this volunteer category is for you.

Helping with Programs

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Chester Woods and Friends of Chester Woods offer many programs for park visitors.  We can use your help.

Helping Maintain Trails

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There are over 15 miles of trails at Chester Woods which cover the 1333 acres of the park. These trails need maintenance all 4 seasons of the year.

Helping maintain Chester Lake

Chester Lake is a 110 acre reservoir located in the heart of Chester Woods County Park. No internal

Chester Lake is a 110 acre reservoir. It is used year round fornon-motorized recreational purposes.

Helping preserve our prairies

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Chester Woods is a premiere site in Olmsted County where a number of areas are being returned to native prairie habitat. 

Helping with Birds & Insects

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Monitoring the populations and health of our birds and insects is a special volunteer activity at the park.

Park History

This is the foundation of the Zieman home from earlier days.

Chester Woods has an interesting history of ownership along with a wide variety of natural history areas.

Natural Playscape

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Located in the developed area of the park, this natural playscape uses natural materials to foster creative play.

Design Your Own Volunteer Niche

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We have volunteers who have a specific skill that is very useful for the park. Do you fit into this category?