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Experience, Enjoy, and Explore the Shawnee National Forest

Through membership and volunteers, we connect people with the beauty and excitement of the Shawnee National Forest.

Become A Member

Your membership provides you an opportunity to become a steward of the Shawnee National Forest through financial contributions and volunteer participation. As a member, you will make a difference in conservation, sustainable recreation, and environmental education in southern Illinois. Support for our programs, activities and operating costs are met through memberships, donations, and the sale of maps, clothing, and other merchandise.

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We Sponsor Family Positive Activities

Friends partners with the Forest Service and others to sponsor family positive activities and events such as family fishing derbies, Arbor Day, National Public Lands Day, guided hikes and informative lectures by local experts. We reach out to schools and scouts and promote participation in local natural resource programs such as the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist class to grow our knowledge of the region.