Volunteer for Nature with Stewardship Saturdays!
“Everyone was really friendly and I learned a lot more about specific invasive species and other techniques for getting rid of them.”
Join us the second Saturday of the month to help the environment, be active, and explore. Stewardship Saturdays are open to the public and no prior experience is necessary. If you would like to bring a group of more than five, please let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate with appropriate staff and tools.
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 autumn olive and buckthorn in the fall and winter. 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. In case of inclement weather, check our Facebook page for updates or cancellation.
Upcoming Stewardship Saturdays:
Saturday, October 2 from 8:45 to noon
Parker Mill County Park
Make a difference in a few hours that can last decades! ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, in collaboration with Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Committee, with funding from the DTE Foundation, will be planting 16 trees in Parker Mill County Park and at the Township Hall on Saturday, October 2nd. ReLeaf Michigan’s tree experts will be there to show volunteers how to plant a tree and oversee the event. Covid protocols will be followed. Masks and gloves are recommended. Social distancing is encouraged. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a shovel if you have one. Event occurs rain or shine (we’re a hearty group!). No planting experience necessary. Families are welcome! We hope to see you there! Register at www.releafmichigan.org/rsvp.
Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 to 4:00
Sharon Mills County Park
This park has seen a lot of progress over the past couple years including invasive shrub removal, wetland creation, a native prairie planting, and a trail reroute. And now we need your help again - be a part of this evolution by planting trees. The historic mill will be open to tour before or after the tree planting. No prior experience is needed; tools will be provided. Email [email protected] to register.
Saturday, November 13 from 1:00 to 4:00
Rolling Hills County Park
Volunteers are needed to remove invasive shrubs and vines throughout Sassafras Woods at Rolling Hills Park. By removing invasive shrubs, we will allow more sunlight to get to the forest floor, allowing native species to thrive. Following the workday, we will take a short nature walk to learn about the plants that make this woodland unique. Be prepared for working off trail. No experience necessary; tools and know-how will be provided. Registration is required by emailing [email protected]
To register, or for more information, contact: