Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of the 1000 Islands family. We rely on many volunteers to help maintain our building, gardens, grounds and trails. We also utilize volunteers for the educational opportunities we offer. Special events bring in many visitors and having volunteers to help with these special days is critical. Are you interested in becoming a Committee member to help guide 1000 Islands? Whatever your skill or interest may be, we welcome you to volunteer with us. You will make a difference!

Adult Volunteers Guidelines & Procedures (PDF)

Adult Volunteer Application (PDF)

Youth Volunteers Guidelines & Procedures (PDF)

Youth Volunteer Application (PDF)

Company or Group Volunteer Application (PDF)

1000 Islands Committee Member Information and Volunteer Form

If you cannot donate your time, monetary donations are always appreciated!


Community Service Volunteers

1000 Islands accepts court ordered community service hours as long as the individual has no history of theft or burglary. Appointments must be scheduled to complete these hours. Walk-ins are not allowed. Contact the Director at to set up any community service hours. Workers under the age of 14 must have a responsible adult attend with the minor for supervision.

Expectations of Community Service Workers (PDF)

Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center

The Friends of 1000 Islands is a community of people to assist in preserving, enhancing and promoting 1000 Islands Environmental Center. The non-profit organization seeks to involve the Friends community to provide financial support through fundraising efforts and volunteers for 1000 Islands.

Other Opportunities to Support the Friends of 1000 Islands

  • Serve on the Board of Directors
  • Attend Friends Meetings held every third Monday of the Month
  • Volunteer to help with special events and planning committees

By becoming a Friends member you also ensure that 1000 Islands will continue to expand educational opportunities and preserve the Conservancy Zone for generations to come. Please consider being a Friend of 1000 Islands.

Friends Membership Form (PDF)

Fundraisers for 1000 Islands

Annual Art Fair

Each year, the Friends group host an Art Fair where over 50 nature-inspired artist and crafters gather to sell their one-of-a-kind creations. A raffle, food tent, and bake sale are also part of this event. To be considered as a vendor, please email

2023 Art Fair
The 39th Annual Nature Images Arts and Craft Fair was held on Sunday, May 21, 2023, on the grounds of 1000 Islands Environmental Center along the Fox River. We had another beautiful spring day for this year’s Art Fair. We had 50 original art and craft vendors, a food stand, bake sale, and everyone enjoyed the very entertaining band Forté and the Pianissimos!


Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup each spring has been a long tradition at 1000 Islands. Volunteers tap maple trees, in the Conservancy Zone and in the City of Kaukauna, collect the sap, and boil it down in our Sugar Shack to make maple syrup. Canning the maple syrup in pint and quart jars completes the process. Maple syrup is available to the public in our Gift Shop. To volunteer with making maple syrup each spring, please email

2023 Maple Syrup Available
We have an ample supply of maple syrup in pint and quart jars available for purchase. Please stop at the Gift Shop within the Nature Center building to get some while supplies last.