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

Service Saturdays

Gather your family, friends, or co-workers to lend a hand in the Conservancy Zone and make a difference in your community. Help is needed to control invasive species, planting seedlings, trees and flowers, weeding and cleaning up garden beds, trail repair, general clean-up and maintenance. All ages and abilities are welcome. Registration is not required. Volunteers may come anytime between 8:00 a.m. and noon on the scheduled Service Saturdays. Service Saturdays 2024

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 us at 920-766-4733 or email us at to set up community service hours. Workers under the age of 14 must have a responsible adult with them at all times 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 at 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 at 6:30 PM at the Nature Center
  • Volunteer to help plan special events and help out during the special events such as our Annual Art Fair

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

2024 Art Fair
The 40th Annual Nature Images Arts and Craft Fair was held on Sunday, May 19, 2024, on the grounds of 1000 Islands Environmental Center along the Fox River. We had another beautiful spring day for the 2023 Art Fair with 50 original art and craft vendors, a food stand, bake sale. 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 purchase in the Nature Center building’s Gift Shop. To volunteer to make maple syrup each spring, please email


2023 Maple Syrup Available
We have an ample supply of maple syrup in pint ($7.50) and quart ($15.00) jars available for purchase. Please stop at the Gift Shop within the Nature Center building to get some while supplies last.

We re-use the Mason/Ball jars for canning the maple syrup. To keep costs reasonable, please consider donating your Mason/Ball jar back to 1000 Islands or if you have extra jars that you are not using, we will take them!