Volunteer for Nature!

Group of volunteers with tools standing in front of Woodland

Everyone was really friendly and I learned a lot more about specific invasive species and other techniques for getting rid of them.”

Stewardship volunteering is a great opportunity to help the environment, be active, meet like-minded people, and explore the many preserves and parks offered throughout Washtenaw County. Workdays are open to the public and no prior experience is necessary. 

The work varies from season to season, but the goal is usually to remove non-native plants that are threatening the landscape. We will hand pull garlic mustard, dames rocket, and spotted knapweed in the spring and summer and use hand tools to cut down shrubs such as autumn olive and buckthorn in the fall and winter. Sometimes we get the opportunity to plant trees or collect and spread native seed as well. Join us to learn about native and non-native plant identification, local ecosystems, and best practices for invasive plant management.

For all events, please dress for the weather and be prepared for working off-trail by wearing durable pants and closed-toe shoes. We will provide gloves, tools, and instruction. 

Are you part of an organization interested in volunteering? Email Katie at [email protected] to learn more and set up a workday.

Stewardship Saturdays 

Volunteer workdays on the second Saturday of every month at various park locations. Join us to help the environment and explore new places.  No prior experience is needed; tools and know-how will be provided.  Registration for Stewardship Saturdays is required.   Pre-register by emailing [email protected].

Park Lyndon North
Saturday, December 11
1pm – 3pm
Hike to some lesser-traveled areas of Park Lyndon and help improve the habitat by removing invasive shrubs with hand tools. This volunteer workday is also a great opportunity to explore and learn about different ecosystems in Southeast Michigan. 

Parker Mill County Park
Saturday, January 8
1pm - 3pm
Volunteer to remove invasive shrubs and vines in order to improve the floodplain of Fleming Creek and the Huron River.

Fox Science Preserve
Saturday, February 12
1pm - 3pm
This old gravel pit is now an example of what ecosystems looked like after glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago. Help us preserve this special ecosystem and maintain the important educational space by volunteering to remove invasive shrubs. 

 

Neighborhood Nature Days

Join friends and neighbors on the third Saturday of every month at Independence Lake County Park or County Farm Park. At these ongoing workdays, volunteers will help care for the parks that we frequent and enjoy. Winter work will include the removal of invasive vines and shrubs. No experience is needed, but pre-register by emailing [email protected].

Independence Lake County Park or County Farm Park
December 18, January 15, February 19
1pm – 3pm