VOLES (Volunteers for Open Lands' Educational Services) help lead Lake Forest Open Lands' field trips for local schools. With the support of VOLES, large classes can be divided into small, intimate groups, improving the quality of their learning experiences. VOLE guide students through hands-on activities, which are integral to Lake Forest Open Lands' environmental education programs.
* The derivation of the acronym V.O.L.E.S. is the vole, the most abundant small mammal in Lake Forest Open Lands' preserves. Voles are close kin to mice, but have shorter tails and smaller ears. There are several different species of voles, including the meadow vole, the prairie vole and the woodland vole.