Stewardship

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. 

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. 

Parker Mill County Park
Saturday, May 14
1pm – 4pm
Help improve the floodplains of Fleming Creek and the Huron River by volunteering to remove invasive plants like garlic mustard and narrowleaf bittercress. Pre-register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faeac23a4fbcf8-stewardship1.

Scio Woods Preserve
Sunday, May 22
9am-11am
Scio Woods is one of our favorite preserves to enjoy spring wildflowers. Help us maintain the diversity of native flowers by helping to remove garlic mustard. Volunteers should be prepared for a couple miles of walking. Pre-register by emailing [email protected] 

Weatherbee Woods Preserve
Sunday, May 22
1pm-3pm
Enjoy the wild geranium and trillium while removing invasive garlic mustard from this high-quality woodland. Volunteers should be prepared for walking on slopes and off trail. Pre-register by emailing [email protected] 

Park Lyndon South
Saturday, June 11
1pm - 4pm
Help us wrap up spring by volunteering to remove the last of the spring invasive plants such as garlic mustard and dames rocket. No prior experience is needed, gloves and know-how will be provided. Registration required, email [email protected] 

Neighborhood Nature Days

Join friends and neighbors on the third Saturday of every month at County Farm Park and occasional Saturdays at Rolling Hills Park. At these ongoing workdays, volunteers will help care for the parks that we frequent and enjoy. 

Neighborhood Nature Day: Britton Woods
County Farm Park
May 21
1pm - 3pm 
Over the spring, stewardship work will focus on the removal of invasive flowers and small invasive shrubs throughout Britton Woods. No prior experience is needed, but registration is required at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faeac23a4fbcf8-stewardship1.

Neighborhood Nature Day: Sassafras Woods
Saturday, May 21 from 10am-12pm
Rolling Hills County Park
Spend some quality time in the forest removing early spring invasive species to help the native wildflowers that support pollinators. To register email Shawn at [email protected]  

 

For more stewardship opportunities outside of WCPARC, check out https://www.stewardshipnetwork.org/events/.