How can I help?
- Keep a Lookout for Unwanted Invasive PlantsVisitors to Michigan State Parks are invited to report invasive plants found in Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas as part of an early detection and rapid response initiative to find and control unwanted invasive plants that are just beginning to invade.
- Volunteer Safety
- Volunteer, it's a great feeling!Volunteering can give you great sense of accomplishment.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
- Friends of the State ParksFriends groups are nonprofit organizations that play an invaluable role in helping to preserve Michigan state parks and recreation areas by helping provide fundraising, recruiting volunteers, leading restoration projects and providing educational programming for the public.
- Michigan Sportsmen Against HungerThe Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH) program is a perfect way for hunters to share a part of their harvest this fall, or donate a whole deer. MSAH is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization.
- Conservation Stewardship Awards for ScoutsBy completing activities and other scout achievements and providing conservation stewardship service hours through the DNR, younger scouts can earn a Conservation Stewardship patch and older scouts are eligible to earn a Stewardship medal.
- Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship WorkdaysJoin us for fun activities year-round! Volunteer stewardship days are offered monthly in select state parks and recreation areas in southeast Michigan, and beyond. Activities include cutting and pulling invasive plants, collecting native seeds and planting and help restoring high-quality natural areas within our parks.
- Campground Host Applications Being AcceptedIt's never too late (or too early) to apply for a volunteer Campground Host at any Michigan State Park, Recreation Area or State Forest Campground for the current and the next camping seasons.
- Native Prairie Seed CollectionThe State Park Stewardship Program, is in need of volunteers to hand collect native prairie seed at several state parks and recreation areas throughout the month of October and in early November.
- Adopt-A-ForestThe goal of the Adopt-A-Forest program is to enhance the enjoyment of public forest lands by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found.
- Lightkeeper ProgramFind out the details of this unique opportunity at Tawas Point Lighthouse.