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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 natural areas that are known or potential sites for species of greatest conservation need.

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.

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.

 
September 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Join Mebby Pearson with the Belle Isle Conservancy to remove invasive shrubs and restore a special wet mesic flatwoods in the process. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the Nature Zoo Auditorium. Contact Mebby Pearson at 248-647-7841 or Melvadean.Pearson@gmail.com with questions and to register.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Highland Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The special woodlands in Haven Hill Natural Area need your help! Please join us at this workday. Help us remove shrubs that are encroaching on these important ecosystems and crowding out native species. We’ll be covering as much ground as possible in this scenic and diverse woodland. Meet at the Goose Meadow Picnic area parking lot a few minutes south of the park entrance on M-59.

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Highland Recreation Area!!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Goose Meadow Picnic Area parking lot

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hankerd dry sand prairie and oak barrens needs your help! Help us remove invasive plants to maintain room for all of the neat native plants! We will likely be cutting and piling shrubs and small trees or applying herbicide to small autumn olive shrub resprouts. Meet at the Halfmoon Lake parking lot. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the entrance on the left.

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Pinckney Recreation Area!!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Halfmoon Lake parking lot

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteer stewards are making a big difference at this beautiful location! You can join in by helping us remove buckthorn from the peninsula overlooking Eagle Lake. No experience is necessary! We'll enjoy a short hike along the mountain bike trails to access the site. Meet at the mountain bike trailhead, which is off the road to Eagle Lake (if you've reached the lake, you've gone too far). Please arrive on time!

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Fort Custer Recreation Area!!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Eagle Lake Hilltop Picnic Shelter

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sterling State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us! We hope to be planting native grasses and wildflowers to restore lakeplain prairie. If not, we may collect native prairie seed or remove invasive shrubs. Either way, meet at the park headquarters at 2800 State Park Road, Monroe, MI 48162.

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Sterling State Park!!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Park Headquarters parking lot

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Yankee Springs Recreation Area!!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Deep Lake Mt. Bike parking lot

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your help is needed to remove Japanese barberry and multiflora rose from the beach trail. This is a great opportunity to help protect the park while enjoying a day in the park! Meet at the picnic area south of the campground. Follow the drive towards the campground, turn left at the picnic area. We'll also enjoy a nice hike along the trail and dunes so please arrive on time!

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Warren Dunes State Park!!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Nature Trail Picnic Shelter

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Algonac State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Want to enjoy a day of restoring high-quality lakeplain prairies? Then join us as we do one of the following: collect native prairie seed, plant native plugs, or remove invasive plants. Meet in the day-use area parking lot near the main park entrance and the picnic shelter.

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Algonac State Park!!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Day-use parking lot (near the picnic shelter)

October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014,
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).

Volunteer Thank-you Event and Refreshments, Waterloo Recreation Area - Rescheduled!!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Parking area on the southeast corner of Glenn and Mt. Hope Roads

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help us collect native wildflower and grass seeds that will be replanted throughout the park! This is a great activity for the family to enjoy the outdoors. 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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Native trees only, please! Take part in our continual effort to remove exotic Austrian Pine from the dunes. Volunteers will enjoy a beautiful hike through Saugatuck Dunes Natural Area along the South Trail to reach the work site (plan for a 30 minute hike). No experience necessary to join; we may even be fortunate enough to enjoy the fall colors! Meet at the main park entrance of of 138th Ave (near the Felt Mansion). Please arrive on time as we will be hiking to the work location.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014,
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. ***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, October 12, 2014,
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 on time as we will need to caravan to the seed collection site.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Ludington State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy the beautiful Lake Michigan coast while we work to remove invasive Japanese barberry from the dunes! This exotic shrub is often planted in landscapes but spreads like crazy in the sandy soils of our forested dunes. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Removal is easy but long sleeves and pants are recommended as this pesky plant is packing some small thorns. Meet at the main parking area (near the beach house) immediately north of the ranger booth at the park entrance.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 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 boat launch in the Deep Lake Campground (off of Yankee Springs Rd.). Continue past the booth into the campground and turn right (towards the organizational campground). When you reach the organizational camp, turn left to get to the boat launch. Please arrive on time as we'll enjoy a short hike to the work location.

Saturday, October 18, 2014,
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join Mebby Pearson of the Belle Isle Conservancy’s Island Stewardship Committee and the DNR as we remove invasive shrubs to restore a special wet mesic flatwoods. Meet at the Nature Zoo Auditorium. Contact Erica Hill at 313-331-7760 or <hille@belleisleconservancy.org> to register.

Sunday, October 19, 2014,
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 on time as we will need to caravan to the seed collection site.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014,
Highland Recreation Area, Silo 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 Silo Field Trial Area parking lot on the south side of Livingston Road between Pettibone Lake and Beaumont Roads.

Saturday, October 25, 2014,
Brighton Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help protect this unique fen ecosystem by removing the glossy buckthorn that threatens to move in and take over. We have removed most of the large invasive shrubs over the past many years but there is plenty of maintenance to do to keep this fen in good shape! Meet at the entrance to Murray Lake Campground on Bauer Road, between Cunningham Lake and Bishop Lake 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).

Sunday, October 26, 2014,
Algonac State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of collecting native prairie wildflower seeds! Seeds will be used to help us restore other areas of the park. You will enjoy less than a ½ mile hike to the wildflower seed collection site. Enter the park through the main entrance on M-29 and meet at the day use area parking lot (near the picnic shelter).

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Warren Dunes State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 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 organizational campground on Floral Lane. Please arrive on time as we will be walking through the natural area.

November 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014,
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 haven’t worked this far into the fen for several years, but follow-up shrub control is critical to staying ahead of the spread of invasives. 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).

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 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 boat launch in the Deep Lake Campground (off of Yankee Springs Rd.). Continue past the booth into the campground and turn right (towards the organizational campground). When you reach the organizational camp, turn left to get to the boat launch. Please arrive on time as we'll enjoy a short hike to the work location.

Sunday, November 2, 2014,
Highland Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The fen and wet meadows near Teeple Lake need your help! Removing shrubs, especially glossy buckthorn, will keep them from encroaching on these vulnerable ecosystems and crowding out native species! Meet at the sheep barn parking lot, about 5 minutes south of the park entrance on M-59. ***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 8, 2014,
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. ***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 8, 2014
Ionia State Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join in our efforts to improve habitat for grassland birds that frequent the open prairies in Ionia! Volunteers can help by removing autumn olive and other invasive woody shrubs. We'll be working in an open, grassy area and covering a lot of ground so plan on wearing sturdy shoes. Meet at the Field Trial headquarters parking area on Harwood Rd.

Sunday, November 9, 2014,
Pinckney Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thickets of shrubs don’t belong in these mesic and wet mesic prairies. Help remove them and make room for some neat, native plants. Meet at the South Lake boat launch parking lot on Joslin Lake Road. From North Territorial Road, take Joslin Lake Road north until you see the boating access site on your left. ***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).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help protect these beautiful open and forested dunes from an invasion of non-native species! Volunteers will help control small population of invasive honeysuckle and autumn olive near the entrance to the Channel Campground. No experience is necessary. Meet at the day use parking area just west of the Channel Campground entrance.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014,
Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join Mebby Pearson of the Belle Isle Conservancy’s Island Stewardship Committee and the DNR as we remove invasive shrubs to restore a special wet mesic flatwoods. Meet at the Nature Zoo Auditorium. Contact Erica Hill at 313-331-7760 or <hille@belleisleconservancy.org> to register.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hardy hikers wanted! Enjoy a nice fall day in the woods and help us search the dunes for unwanted rogue shrubs! We'll be going off trail to find small invasive plant populations before they turn into a big problem! Meet at the Gillette Visitor Center near the Homestead Trail trailhead (on the east end of the parking lot). Comfortable hiking boots are recommended as we plan on hiking both on and off trail.

December 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014,
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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014,
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We will remove invasive shrubs to restore this 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 and continuing work started in October and November. 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).

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ionia State Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us for a winter morning of invasive elimination in one of the prairies in Ionia! We will be cutting and stump treating scattered autumn olive in the fields. No experience is necessary. We'll be working in an open area so please dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Field Trial headquarters parking area on Harwood Rd.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Muskegon State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 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.

Sunday, December 7, 2014,
Highland Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Help us protect this wet meadow, a vulnerable ecosystem in Michigan, from invasive shrubs. We will cut shrubs and small trees, especially invasive glossy buckthorn, from the grassland edges of Teeple Lake to allow the native flora and fauna to thrive. Please join us at this workday! Meet at the sheep barn parking lot, about 5 minutes south of the park entrance on M-59. ***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 13, 2014,
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. ***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 13, 2014
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Invasive species are a major threat to habitat and biodiversity of our native landscapes. Fortunately, you can help as we remove black locust and other invasive species from the forest and shoreline. Don't forget your hiking boots or snow shoes to enjoy the park after the workday! Meet at the main day use area parking lot near the end of 138th Ave. We'll enjoy a short hike to the work location so please arrive on time.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Fort Custer Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Help us remove invasive shrubs encroaching on native prairie plantings. We'll target species of autumn olive and honeysuckle that line the roadway. Meet at the Park Headquarters.

Sunday, December 14, 2014,
Pinckney Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get outdoors and help remove shrubs that are too abundant in this wet prairie. This will make room for neat native prairie plants that should grow in this ecosystem. Meet at the South Lake boat launch parking lot on Joslin Lake Road. From North Territorial Road, take Joslin Lake Road north until you see the boating access site on your left. ***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).


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 269-685-6851 x147 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 269-685-6851 x147 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.

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 269-685-6851 x147 or freih@michigan.gov with any questions about volunteering in southwest Michigan parks.

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