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Volunteer Opportunities

Staff with the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail are always on the lookout for new volunteers. If you have a few hours a week, a few hours a month, or even just a couple of hours here and there that you would like to volunteer, we would love to meet you. Examples of volunteer opportunities include assisting with educational programs, guided nature and historical tours, staffing information centers, answering questions and handing out literature to the visiting public, or participating with special events along the canal. Maintenance of the parks along the trail and the trail itself open up even more possibilities. Opportunities are limited only by your imagination.

Canallers & Co. is a unique volunteer group that performs first person re-enactments within canal corridor. Presentations reveal the pathos and passion of the lives that intimately intersected every change along the Illinois & Michigan Canal. From fur trade times through the first ghost towns and boomtowns and the transitions that foreshadowed a new century. To learn more about Canallers & Co. or any of the other volunteer opportunities listed above, contact: Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail, P.O. Box 272, Morris, IL 60450 or phone (815) 942-0796.

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The Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail Adopt-A-Trail program is doing extremely well and continues to grow in membership. Currently, there are fourteen groups participating in the program. On behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to each of these groups. They have done an outstanding job maintaining their areas, keeping it free of litter and debris. Most of the groups participate largely to provide litter control, however, some are involved to handle the primary mowing responsibilities of an area.


Adoptive groups include:

Carus Chemical Co.  

I&M Canal Volunteers Inc.  
Starved Rock Runners Ltd.   
Jefferson School 

Boy Scout Troop 3799   
United Methodist Church    
Girl Scout Troop 407 

Cub Scout Pack 476 

Girl Scout Troop 469   
Akzo Nobel 

Boy Scout Troop 175   

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I&M Canal License Plate

The new I&M Canal License Plate:

  • Display the new I&M Canal license plate on your vehicle
  • Participate directly in the restoration & improvements to the I&M Canal
  • To order your I&M Canal license plate phone the Illinois Secretary of State's Office at 217-785-3000


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