Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays

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Workday dates, activities, and locations are listed below. Workdays are scheduled and posted quarterly. Please check this site to make sure you have the most up-to-date information since meeting locations may need to change.

Volunteer workdays are sponsored by the State Park Stewardship Unit to help protect and restore natural areas at eighteen parks in our state park system, across southern Michigan.  We focus on high-quality natural areas that are known or potential sites for species of greatest conservation need (species whose populations are rare or declining).

Ongoing workdays are held in Southeast Michigan at:
Algonac State Park, Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Belle Isle Park, Brighton Recreation Area, Highland Recreation Area, Island Lake Recreation Area, Pinckney Recreation Area, Sterling State Park, and Waterloo Recreation Area.

and in Southwest Michigan at:
Fort Custer Recreation Area, Grand Mere State Park, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Ionia Recreation Area, Muskegon State Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Warren Dunes State Park, Warren Woods State Park, and Yankee Springs Recreation Area.

To register for workdays submit a Stewardship Volunteer Registration form.  For Belle Isle Park workdays only please sign up through the Belle Isle Conservancy's webpage.

 

September 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to noon
Join the DNR and Belle Isle Conservancy for stewardship Saturdays. Our summer projects will include cutting invasive, non-native shrubs and stump treating them with herbicide to restore the wet mesic flatwoods. We will focus on areas around the perimeter. Meet at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo parking lot. GPS coordinates: 42.3471816,-82.964199 To register for this workday please sign up through the Belle Isle Conservancy's webpage.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, , 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a fun session of putting black locust in its place… that is out of our restored native prairies! Volunteer stewards will cut and stump treat pesky black locust as we continue to hold our ground and push this encroaching population out of native habitat. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Meet at the park headquarters and we will caravan to the work location. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Let's stop barberry from spreading throughout the dunes and wooded areas of this beautiful, lakeside park! Barberry has been introduced to the park and is slowly threatening our native landscapes! Meet at the Snug Harbor parking area across from the Park Headquarters. We'll take a short walk along the Lost Lake trail to the work location. GPS coordinates: 43.248479, -86.345718

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will remove invasive shrubs, especially glossy buckthorn, to restore this fen wetland. Join us for the fun! Our shrub cutting efforts will give the native, sun-loving prairie plants more room to grow and keep glossy buckthorn from invading. We’ll be covering as much ground as possible and following up on areas we have not worked in for a few years. Follow-up shrub control is critical to staying ahead of invasives and this gorgeous wetland provides a scenic place to work. Meet at the small parking lot on the southeast corner of Mt. Hope and Glenn Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.3123,-84.2093 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site, but not necessary. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request. Old boots that you don’t mind getting muddy will work too.

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ludington State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Friends of Ludington State Park in the effort to oust Japanese barberry from the coastal dune system! This invasive, landscape plant has found its way into our natural areas and threatens to displace the forest understory. No experience is necessary and training and tools will be provided. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended to protect against thorns. Please also bring along a pair of work gloves. Meet at the main park entrance just past the ranger booth, near the warming shelter. We will caravan to the work location near Hamlin Dam so please arrive on time!

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to noon
Glossy buckthorn, a non-native wetland invader, doesn’t stand a chance to take over if we keep removing it from this fen. Please join us in this effort! Meet at the East Graham Boat Launch parking lot on the north side of Predmore Road in the park’s North Unit. GPS coordinates: 42.786267, -83.190904 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site, but not necessary. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request. Old boots that you don’t mind getting muddy will work too.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help keep our critical dunes free of invasive plants! Volunteers will help remove common privet, Japanese barberry, non-native honeysuckle and other misfit plants from the nature trail before they spread to the high dunes. No experience is necessary and volunteers will be trained to identify target species. Meet at the picnic area south of the campground. Travel past the park headquarters towards the campground; the picnic area will be on the left. Please arrive on time as we will be hiking to the work location. GPS coordinates: 41.907001, -86.591755

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy your time outdoors and the satisfaction of helping protect our resources by volunteering near Deep Lake! Volunteers will meet at the mountain bike trailhead and work to remove honeysuckle, autumn olive and other invasive shrubs from the forest near the campground. It's a great way to add an outdoor learning opportunity to your recreation experience at the park! Meet at the mountain bike staging area off of Yankee Springs Rd. GPS coordinates: 42.618415, -85.453048.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Sterling State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us! We will likely be collecting native prairie seed from grasses and wildflowers to restore lakeplain prairie. Meet at the park headquarters at 2800 State Park Road, Monroe, MI 48162. GPS coordinates: 41.92390,-83.3455

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help us protect the shifting ecology of the open dunes! Come enjoy the view while we will remove young saplings of Austrian and Scotch pine that threaten to take over one of the blowouts. We'll hike about a mile to the work location, please arrive on time. Please meet on time at the trailhead near the entrance to the Felt Mansion. GPS coordinates: 42.696444, -86.194773

October 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help us cut scattered, outlier glossy buckthorn plants to keep them from taking over in this rare wetland; the native flora and fauna will thank us. The plan is to trek farther than normal so we can cut areas we haven't worked in yet. Please arrive on time so we can get a prompt start and cover lots of ground. Meet at the small parking lot on the southeast corner of Glenn and Mt. Hope Roads. ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size). GPS coordinates: 42.3123,-84.2093

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help us collect native wildflower and grass seeds that will be replanted to restore native prairie within the park! This is a great activity for the family to enjoy the outdoors together! No experience is necessary and instruction on plant identification will be provided. Meet at the Whitford Lake parking area and we'll take a short walk to our plant propagation area. Please dress to be in an open prairie area and be sure to bring along some water. GPS coordinates: 42.311302, -85.360534

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spend the morning in the forest and help in our restoration efforts at beautiful Deep Lake! In addition to the campground, mountain bike and hiking trails, this area also home to a nice example of an upland forest system and a fen that skirts the border of the lake. Help us keep these areas invasive free for park users and native plant and animal species! Meet at the mountain bike parking area in Deep Lake Campground (off of Yankee Springs Rd.). We'll take a short walk down the Deep Lake Trail to our worksite. GPS coordinates: 42.618415, -85.453048

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Aid restoration efforts at the Graham Lake fen complex by cutting and piling glossy buckthorn, a terrible wetland invader. Meet at the East Graham Boat Launch parking lot on the north side of Predmore Road in the park's North Unit. GPS coordinates: 42.786267, -83.190904 **Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size).

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help protect the forest system of this beautiful lakeside park. We'll enjoy a nice hike along the trail and dunes while searching for small multiflora rose, privet, Japanese barberry and other enemies of native ecosystems. Meet at the picnic/interpretive shelter south of the campground. Please arrive on time as we will be walking through the natural area to get to the work location. GPS coordinates: 41.907001, -86.591755

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Your help is needed to gather seed from native forbs and grasses! This is a great activity for families, students and others to learn about native species while taking part in the restoration process! All collected seed will be used in our on-going restoration efforts. No experience in plant identification or collection is necessary to enjoy this fun event! Meet at the park headquarters and we will caravan to the work location. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Sterling State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Collect native wildflower seeds from lakeplain prairie and Great Lakes marsh ecosystems! Meet at the park headquarters at 2800 State Park Road, Monroe, MI 48162. Please arrive early since we will need to caravan to the seed collection site. GPS coordinates: 41.92390,-83.3455

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join the DNR and Belle Isle Conservancy for stewardship Saturdays. Our autumn project will include cutting invasive, non-native shrubs and stump treating them with herbicide to restore wet mesic flatwoods. We will focus on areas we've worked before and remove any invasive shrubs we missed. Meet on Woodside Drive at the trailhead parking area just north of the canal bridge on the left. From The Strand, pass the athletic fields and Vista Drive then turn left at the next road (there is a brick bathroom building at the corner). GPS coordinates: 42.340386, -82.968116

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take part in the largest native prairie restoration in the state by helping collect local seed from wild forbs and grasses! We will collect native wildflower and grass seeds for restoration plantings. No experience in plant identification is required. Meet at the park headquarters and we will caravan to the work location. Please dress to be in an open prairie area , long pants and long sleeves are recommended. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Sterling State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Help us collect native wildflower seeds from lakeplain prairie and Great Lakes marsh ecosystems. We might explore a different seed collecting site, so join us for extra fun at this seed collecting day. Meet at the park headquarters at 2800 State Park Road, Monroe, MI 48162. Please arrive early since we will need to caravan to the seed collection site. GPS coordinates: 41.92390,-83.3455

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Island Lake Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help keep our Meadow Unit prairie remnants and adjacent oak woodlands beautiful and full of native plants. Join us as we cut and herbicide and then pile invasive shrubs like autumn olive, honeysuckle and buckthorn. It's been a while since we had a prescribed burn, so we'll focus on cutting the larger of the invasive shrubs and leave the smaller ones for other means of control. Meet at the Riverbend Picnic Area parking lot. GPS coordinates: 42.504968, -83.709577

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the hunt for native species of wildflowers and grasses at Fort Custer! Volunteer Stewards will search a restored prairie to collect seed from native wildflowers, such as black-eyed Susan, bee balm and coneflower. This is a great activity for the family to enjoy the outdoors - no experience is necessary to take part! Please dress to be in an open prairie area. Meet at the park headquarters. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, Barn Field Trial Area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join ongoing efforts to restore this area to an open grassland. Volunteers will be hauling and piling brush and stacking fire wood. Meet at the Barn Field Trial Area parking lot on the north side of Cooley Lake Road between Duck Lake and Beaumont Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.6105,-83.5857

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We will remove shrubs from this area to restore a fen wetland; join in the fun! Our shrub cutting efforts will give the native, sun-loving prairie plants more room to grow and keep glossy buckthorn from invading. We'll be covering as much ground as possible to make the best use of the fall leaf color difference (invasives shrubs generally stay green longer than native shrubs). We worked this far into the fen last winter and found more patches of buckthorn to cut. Let's try to stop these invaders in their tracks. Meet at the small parking lot on the southeast corner of Glenn and Mt. Hope Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.3123,-84.2093 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size).

November 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Want to help remove invasive shrubs from a high quality natural area? Then join us! We'll be continuing our work within Haven Hill Natural Area to remove large common buckthorn and other non-native, invasive shrubs. We want to keep these shrubs from moving farther into this beautiful woodland. Meet at the bike trailhead parking lot on the north side of Livingston Road between Duck Lake and Waterbury Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.639536, -83.576926

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Help us collect native wildflower and grass seeds from the late bloomers like native asters throughout the park. Collected seeds will be used to create a diverse mix of species for upcoming restoration plantings within the park. Depending on seed availability, we may switch gears and work on invasive shrub removal. Meet at the park headquarters and we will caravan to the work location. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join us for an extra stewardship day! We are hoping this workday will fall in the window when the invasive, non-native shrubs we want to get rid of are still green and the native trees and shrubs have already changed colors. This makes spotting our targets a lot easier and we can thoroughly cover larger areas! Removing these shrubs and herbiciding their stumps will help us restore the wet mesic flatwoods on the island. Meet on Woodside Drive at the trailhead parking area just north of the canal bridge on the left. From The Strand, pass the athletic fields and Vista Drive then turn left at the next road (there is a brick bathroom building at the corner). GPS coordinates: 42.340386, -82.968116

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join in the effort to remove invasive woody shrubs like honeysuckle and autumn olive from the Deep Lake area. Volunteer Stewards will work in and along the fen to protect this neat ecosystem. Meet at the mountain bike parking area in Deep Lake Campground (off of Yankee Springs Rd.). We'll take a short walk down the Deep Lake Trail to our worksite. GPS coordinates: 42.618415, -85.453048

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Warren Woods State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come visit this beautiful example of primeval forest and work among the tall beech, maple and tulip poplars! Volunteer Stewards are needed to help remove invasive species of common privet, barberry and multiflora rose that are hiding in the understory among these majestic trees. No experience is necessary. Meet at the main parking area off of Elm Valley Rd. GPS coordinates: 41.831896, -86.625056

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Pinckney Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hankerd dry sand prairie and oak barrens is a neat place that needs ongoing removal of invasive shrubs to keep it in good condition! We will be cutting small autumn olive and any other shrubs that don't belong. Help us protect the neat native plants that live at this site! Meet at the Halfmoon Lake entrance to help out. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the entrance on the left. GPS coordinates: 42.4140822,-83.9927

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Graham Lake Fen Complex needs your help. Come cut and pile the glossy buckthorn and other invasive shrubs that threaten this unique ecosystem. Meet at the East Graham Boat Launch parking lot on the north side of Predmore Road in the park's North Unit. GPS coordinates: 42.786267, -83.190904 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size).

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us as we continue to remove unwanted black locust invaders from the prairie fields at Fort Custer! This non-native tree can easily take over open prairies and quickly crowd out native species of forbs and grasses. Meet at the park headquarters and we will caravan to the work site. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Saturday, November 15, 2015
Holland State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy a nice fall day in the woods and helping to protect the forest and dunes from unwanted shrubs! Volunteer Stewards will continue the search for scattered Japanese barberry, autumn olive and honeysuckle from the trails and natural area. Meet at campground visitor lot near the campground office. Please arrive on time as we will hike from the campground to the forested dune to the north. GPS coordinates: 42.779777, -86.199487

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join the DNR and Belle Isle Conservancy for stewardship Saturdays. Our autumn project will include cutting invasive, non-native shrubs and stump treating them with herbicide to restore wet mesic flatwoods. We will focus on areas we've worked before and possibly start work in additional high-quality areas of the woods. Meet on Woodside Drive at the trailhead parking area just north of the canal bridge on the left. From The Strand, pass the athletic fields and Vista Drive then turn left at the next road (there is a brick bathroom building at the corner). GPS coordinates: 42.340386, -82.968116

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help us remove this landscape plant gone bad! Japanese barberry is commonly planted as a landscape ornamental, but has escaped and is spreading in our forests and dunes! Volunteer stewards have already removed an amazing amount of this nasty invader and we're well on our way to removing all of it from the park. Join in the effort to stop the spread! No experience is necessary. We will be removing plants along the Lost Lake trail from the Snug Harbor trailhead. Meet in the Snug Harbor parking area (across from Park Headquarters). Turn left (towards the boat launch) in the parking area to the Lost Lake trailhead. GPS coordinates: 43.248479, -86.345718

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Let's keep invasive shrubs out of our beautiful dunes by removing non-native honeysuckle, autumn olive and other unwanted plants from the forest! Volunteers will learn to identify these unwanted shrubs and will join in the effort to restore our native forest type by cutting and removing them. Please meet on time at the main entrance to the park at the end of 138th Avenue. GPS coordinates: 42.705085, -86.190674

December 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, Silo Field Trial Area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join ongoing efforts to restore this area to open grassland. Volunteers will be hauling and piling brush and stacking fire wood. Meet at the Silo Field Trial Area parking lot off Livingston Road, between Pettibone Lake and Beaumont Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.638344, -83.595671

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a winter morning of invasive elimination along the beautiful dunes! We will be cutting and stump treating scattered Japanese barberry and other rogue plants before they encroach further into the natural landscape. No experience is necessary. Meet at the organizational campground parking area on Floral Rd. GPS coordinates: 41.921620, -86.578874

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We will remove invasive glossy buckthorn and others to restore this fen wetland; join in the fun! We'll continue working where we left off in late October. Our efforts will give the native, sun-loving prairie plants more room to grow and keep glossy buckthorn from invading. We'll be trekking deep into the fen so bring your sense of adventure. Meet at the small parking lot on the southeast corner of Glenn and Mt. Hope Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.3123,-84.2093 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size).

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Want to help remove invasive shrubs from a high quality natural area? Then join us! We'll be continuing our work within Haven Hill Natural Area to remove large common buckthorn and other non-native, invasive shrubs. We want to keep these shrubs from moving farther into this beautiful woodland. Meet at the bike trailhead parking lot on the north side of Livingston Road between Duck Lake and Waterbury Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.639536, -83.576926

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join ongoing efforts to keep glossy buckthorn and other invasive shrubs in check in the Graham Lake Fen Complex. Meet at the East Graham Boat Launch parking lot on the north side of Predmore Road in the park's North Unit. GPS coordinates: 42.786267, -83.190904 ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size).

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join in the effort to remove invasive shrubs from the Channel Campground before they have a chance to spread across the sensitive dunes! Volunteers will learn to identify honeysuckle, autumn olive and Japanese barberry as well as gain hands-on experience in proper removal. Meet at the day use area parking area just west of the Channel Campground. GPS coordinates: 43.230895, -86.335257

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Help us remove protect our native prairies from encroaching black locust! Wind and cold won't keep us from removing these nasty, clonal alien invaders! Meet at the Park Headquarters and we'll caravan to the work location. GPS coordinates: 42.324901, -85.351755

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Pinckney Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hankerd dry sand prairie and oak barrens is a neat place that needs ongoing removal of invasive shrubs to keep it in good condition! We will be cutting small autumn olive and any other shrubs that don't belong. Help us protect this site and the neat native plants that call it home! Meet at the Halfmoon Lake entrance to help out. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the entrance on the left. GPS coordinates: 42.4140822,-83.9927

Workday Details

Registration
Please complete a volunteer registration form. Alternatively, contact Laurel Malvitz-Draper at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov to register for workdays in southeast Michigan or Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov to register for workdays in southwest Michigan. Let them know the date and park of the workday(s) you plan to attend. Registering helps us plan the workdays more effectively so we have enough equipment and so we can divide into groups and assign tasks more easily.


Workday Cancellation
If a workday must be canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, a voice mail message saying so will be posted at 517-719-2285 for southeast or at 517-202-1360 for southwest Michigan at least two hours before the scheduled workday start time. If there is no cancellation message the workday will continue as planned.

Youth volunteers and Groups
The Volunteer Steward program welcomes working with youth, students and scouts! All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The accompanying parent/guardian must sign a Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability form for the minor. If participating with an organized group (i.e. scouts, school groups), the group leader may sign instead. Workday activities often can accommodate groups but advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five. This helps us plan for equipment and ensures that all participants are suited to the day's task. All youth groups must have an age-appropriate adequate ratio of adult to youth participants. Volunteer Steward workday leaders reserve the right to deny participation to unaccompanied minors or anyone due to misconduct or unsafe behavior. Please feel free to contact your regional Natural Resource Steward if you have any questions.

The Volunteer Steward program is primarily focused on hands-on restoration with education as a secondary goal. We welcome service learning opportunities, but the emphasis and the majority of time will be spent on hands-on projects in the field. Classrooms and student groups interested in an interpretive experience should contact the park visitor center or Explorer Guide.

Park Map and Directions
Click on the name of the park or recreation area above to view the park's webpage. From the park webpage you can print a "Unit Map" and get directions to the park.

What to Wear and Bring
Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and work boots. Please also bring drinking water, work gloves, and eye protection (especially prescription safety glasses). Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for fen and other wetland sites. If you don't have waterproof boots and would like to borrow a pair, please note that when you register and we will try to provide them.

What NOT to Bring
Be sure your outerwear, gloves, and boots are free of mud and hitchhiking seeds before coming to the workday. We don't want to inadvertently spread invasive plant seeds into these high quality natural areas.

Stewardship Announcements
Would you like to receive workday reminders and general stewardship information via email? Please email a list of the parks that you are interested in to Laurel Malvitz-Draper, malvitzl@michigan.gov for southeast Michigan parks or Heidi Frei, freih@michigan.gov for southwest Michigan parks. Please choose from the parks listed at the top of this page.

Recreation Passport
Please support Michigan's state parks and recreation areas by purchasing a Recreation Passport. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport

Want to get more involved?
The Volunteer Steward Program provides volunteers with additional ways to get involved and make a unique commitment, both individually and as part of a team.

Questions?
Please contact Laurel Malvitz-Draper, Resource Steward for the Stewardship Unit, at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov with any questions about volunteering in southeast Michigan parks.

Please contact Heidi Frei, Resource Steward for the Stewardship Unit, at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov with any questions about volunteering in southwest Michigan parks.

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