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.

June 2015

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  ***Meeting location and activity change!***

Volunteer stewards will be back on invasive shrub and Japanese barberry removal from our most sensitive areas at Warren Dunes! Removal will focus on small populations before they have a chance to creep up the side of the dune. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Meet at the organizational campground parking area off of Floral Lane (north of the main park entrance on Red Arrow Hwy.). We'll have one more day of garlic mustard pulling!!  We'll focus on a few areas in the woods along the main beach entrance.  Please dress to be working in the woods; long sleeves and pants are recommended as well as sturdy shoes.  When you enter the park, continue travelling west, past the checkin booth, to the beach.  We'll meet at the first picnic area on the left.

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ***Meeting location and activity change!***

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! Join in the effort to stop the spread. No experience is necessary! We will be removing scattered plants along the trail to beautiful Lost Lake. Meet at the Snug Harbor parking area (across from park headquarters).
Join us for a date with spotted knapweed!  We'll focus on removing this noxious, herbaceous invader from our open dunes.  Long sleeves are recommended as some might be sensitive to this plant.  Meet at the day use area parking just west of Channel campground (south end of the park). 

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help please! Hand pull spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that could take over in this neat prairie remnant that is a primary native seed-gathering location for restoring our prairies. Let's pull spotted knapweed now so we don't have to worry about it getting mixed in with the native seeds we gather in the fall and we can protect this area from further infestation. If you have your own dandelion-digging tool, please bring it. Volunteer steward, Danny M. will be leading this workday; contact him with day-of questions at 734-645-5687. Meet on Waterloo Road just west of M-52. Roadside parking. ***This site has been known to have ground-nesting, stinging insects; please bring your sting relief kit if you are allergic.

July 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join us for an Early Detection, Rapid Response workday! You will learn how to identify swallow-wort, part of our Early Detection, Rapid Response Initiative, as well as how to control it. We will remove seed pods and foliar spray the stalks and leaves left behind. Meet at the parking lot by the Edsel Ford barn. Enter the park from M-59, and head south past the headquarters about halfway into the park. The parking lot will be on your right. GPS coordinates: 42.634681, -83.550471

Saturday, July 11, 2015 Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers can enjoy a beautiful walk along the North Country Trail and a nice morning in the prairie! We'll work together to help protect this unique upland prairie by pulling spotted knapweed. Meet at the North Country Trail parking area off of Yankee Springs Rd. Please arrive on time as we'll enjoy a short hike to the work location.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Ludington State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Help protect the beautiful dunes and forest along Lake Michigan from invasive Japanese barberry with Stewardship Intern Echo P.! This invasive shrub has been tucked away and hiding in a ravine along a popular hiking path. Your help is needed to stop this plant from spreading further into our natural areas. Meet at the main park entrance just past the ranger booth, near the warming shelter. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended. We will caravan to the work location near Hamlin Dam so please arrive on time!

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Grand Mere State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful summer day at this nice reclaimed site! Volunteers will hand pull spotted knapweed and sweet clover from the open areas allowing native flora to grow and thrive! Please wear long sleeves and long pants as some may be sensitive to vegetation. We'll be working in the open sun so please also plan to bring a hat and plenty of water. Meet at the end of Willow Rd. From the main park entrance continue south on Thornton Dr. Turn right on Willow.



Sunday, July 12, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us as we try to eradicate a few patches of swallow-wort. This is a relatively new invasive that we’re starting to find more and more in the parks. It’s part of our Early Detection, Rapid Response Initiative to.. Come learn how to identify and control it and nip these patches in the bud before it disperses its wind-borne seed. Meet at the Discovery Center’s upper parking lot on Bush Road. GPS coordinates: 42.32182,-84.08645

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Brighton Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help hand pull sweet clover and other invasive, non-native weeds that will otherwise take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing these plants will improve habitat for native species and keep their seeds out of the seed bank. Volunteer stewards Toni and Ken S. will be leading this workday; contact Toni with day-of questions at 734-353-7140. Meet at the two pull-off parking spots at one of Teahen Road’s 90 degree turns. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.48549,-83.82480

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We need your help to hand pull spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that would otherwise take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing this plant will improve habitat for native species. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Volunteer steward, Charity S. will be leading this workday; contact her with day-of questions at 517-522-5010 or 517-462-6999. Meet on Waterloo Road just west of M-52. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.34670,-84.04250 ***This site has been known to have ground-nesting, stinging insects; please bring your sting relief kit if you are allergic.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campers and volunteers are welcome to join in to remove spotted knapweed to prevent it from invading our dunes! We'll have gloves to lend but you are welcome to bring your own favorite pair. Please also wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin as some people are sensitive to this plant. We'll be working in the open sun so please also plan to bring a hat and plenty of water. Meet at the day use/beach parking area. Go past the entrance booth, turn right at the first road.

Saturday, July 18, 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 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 To register for this workday please sign up through the Belle Isle Conservancy's webpage

Saturday, July 18, 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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help us remove invasive plants like spotted knapweed, Japanese hedge parsley, mullein and hoary alyssum from special dry sand prairies and adjacent oak barrens. Help us pull these plants to maintain room for neat native wildflowers. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to spotted knapweed. Pulling knapweed requires wearing gloves, so if you have a favorite pair of work gloves please bring them. Gloves will also be available to borrow. Meet at the Halfmoon Lake parking lot on Hankerd Road. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the parking lot on the left. GPS coordinates: 42.416555, -83.998425

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join in to help remove spotted knapweed! This invasive pest grows in open sun and sandy soils and has its sights set on our dunes! You can help protect the dunes by preventing the spread of spotted knapweed. We'll have gloves to lend but you are welcome to bring your own favorite pair. Please also wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin. We'll be working in the open sun so please also plan to bring a hat and plenty of water. Meet at the day use area parking just west of Channel campground (south end of the park).

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to noon
Help remove invasive shrubs that threaten to take over this unique fen wetland. One such shrub is glossy buckthorn and we need to keep it from moving farther into the fen! We will cut glossy buckthorn from target areas around the Graham Lakes. 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, July 25, 2015
Island Lake Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help hand pull spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that is starting to take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing this plant will improve habitat for native species. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Volunteer stewards Toni and Ken S. will be leading this workday; contact Toni with day-of questions at 734-353-7140. Meet at the Dodge picnic area (approx. 15 minutes from the park entrance on Kensington Road). GPS coordinates: 42.50635,-83.7379

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help us protect the dune system and rare/threatened thistle by removing spotted knapweed! This sun-loving plant will crowd out our native flora if left unchecked. Volunteers will focus on pulling plants from the critical area near the thistle plants. Long sleeves are recommended as some can be sensitive to this plant. Meet at the picnic area (Interpretive shelter) south of the campground.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Let's keep invasive shrubs out of our beautiful dunes by removing pesky Japanese barberry and other unwanted plants like privet and autumn olive from the forest with the help of Stewardship Intern Echo P.! 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 trailhead near the entrance to the Felt Mansion. We'll hike about a mile to the work location along the South Trail.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Brighton Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help! Spotted knapweed and other weeds are growing in this neat prairie. Join us to remove these invasive non-native plants and restore balance to this ecosystem. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Meet at the entrance on Teahen Road where there are two pull-off parking spots; look for a state truck parked nearby. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.48549,-83.82480

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join volunteer steward, Sheila B. to hand pull spotted knapweed. Help keep this invasive weed from taking over a nice prairie remnant and displacing native plants. We need your help to remove this plant before it goes to seed and it’s easy to pull. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Contact Sheila with any day-of questions at 734-972-1428. Meet on Waterloo Road just west of M-52. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.34670,-84.04250 ***This site has been known to have ground-nesting, stinging insects; please bring your sting relief kit if you are allergic.
 

August 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015
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 off Livingston Road, between Pettibone Lake and Beaumont Roads. GPS coordinates: 42.638344, -83.595671

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

Volunteer Stewards will help with our on-going prairie restoration process at Fort Custer. When complete, this will be the largest restored prairie system in the state! We'll continue removal of non-native black locust from the grassy fields before they march across the habitat! Meet at the park Headquarters and we will caravan to the work site.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Help us oust spotted knapweed from this beautiful isolated upland prairie! With the help of volunteers, we've been able to keep knapweed at bay and encourage native prairie grasses and forbs! Volunteers will take a short hike (about .75 miles) along the North Country Trail with Stewardship Intern Echo P. to our work location. Dress to be in an open, sunny area for the duration of the volunteer session. Meet at the North Country Trail parking area off of Yankee Springs Rd.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help volunteer steward, Sally R., remove invasive spotted knapweed, Japanese hedge parsley, mullein and hoary alyssum from special dry sand prairies and adjacent oak barrens. Help us pull these plants to make room for neat native wildflowers. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to spotted knapweed. Pulling knapweed requires wearing gloves, so if you have a favorite pair of work gloves please bring them. Gloves will also be available to borrow. Meet at the Halfmoon Lake parking lot off Hankerd Road. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the parking lot on the left. GPS coordinates: 42.416555, -83.998425 For day-of questions call Sally at 734-730-2143.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Island Lake Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help hand pull spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that could take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing this plant will improve habitat for native species and give the neat wildflowers more room to grow. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Meet at the Dodge picnic area (approx. 15 minutes from the park entrance on Kensington Road). GPS coordinates: 42.50635,-83.7379

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Do you ever feel like pulling your hair out by the roots? Well, we have a different activity for you to do instead and you can pull until your heart's content and still save your hairdo! Join us as we pull spotted knapweed, a miserable invasive plant that has to be ripped out by hand. Pulling it is a great stress reliever and we unfortunately we have a large supply. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Volunteer steward, Charity S. will be leading this workday; contact her with day-of questions at 517-522-5010 or 517-462-6999. Meet on Waterloo Road just west of M-52. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.34670,-84.04250  ***This site has been known to have ground-nesting, stinging insects; please bring your sting relief kit if you are allergic.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 9 a.m. to noon
Help us stay ahead of the glossy buckthorn that threatens to take over this unique fen site. We will cut and pile these invasive shrubs. 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, August 8, 2015
Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join in to help remove spotted knapweed! This invasive pest grows in open sun and sandy soils and has its sights set on our dunes! You can help protect the dunes by preventing the spread of spotted knapweed. We'll have gloves to lend but you are welcome to bring your own favorite pair. Please also wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin. We'll be working in the open sun so please also plan to bring a hat and plenty of water. Meet at the day use area parking just west of Channel campground (south end of the park).

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Grand Mere State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful summer day at this nice reclaimed site with Stewardship Intern Echo P.! Volunteers will hand pull spotted knapweed and sweet clover from the open areas allowing native flora to grow and thrive! Please wear long sleeves and long pants as some may be sensitive to vegetation. We'll be working in the open sun so please also plan to bring a hat and plenty of water. Meet at the end of Willow Rd. From the main park entrance continue south on Thornton Dr. Turn right on Willow.

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We need your help hand pulling spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that could take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing this plant will improve habitat for native species and give the native wildflowers more room to grow. Please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. Meet on Waterloo Road just west of M-52. GPS coordinates: 42.34670,-84.04250 ***This site has been known to have ground-nesting, stinging insects; please bring your sting relief kit if you are allergic.

Saturday, August 15, 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 woods perimeter. Meet on Woodside Drive near Lakeside Drive. GPS coordinates: 42.3446 -82.9614 To register for this workday please sign up through the Belle Isle Conservancy's webpage

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hankerd dry sand prairie and oak barrens is a neat place that needs ongoing removal of invasive plants to keep it in good condition! We may be pulling spotted knapweed, so please wear long pants and long sleeves as some individuals are sensitive to this plant. We also may cut and pile evergreens or foliar herbicide small autumn olive shrub resprouts. So, come for a smorgasbord of invasive plant control to maintain room for all of the neat native plants! Meet at the Halfmoon Lake parking lot to help out. From North Territorial Road, take Hankerd Road north until you see the entrance on the left. GPS coordinates: 42.416555, -83.998425

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Ludington State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Steward Echo P. as we work toward eradicating Japanese barberry from the dunes at Ludington State Park! These pesky plants have taken up residence in sheltered areas throughout the dune system. Removal will improve habitat for native plant and animal species. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended to protect against thorns. 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, August 22, 2015
Ionia State Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteer Stewards will continue searching for and removing invasive, non-native shrubs from the forests near Sessions Lake. Our targets will be honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and autumn olive. No experience is necessary to join in! Meet at the Point Picnic Area. Travel over the dam on the main park road and the picnic area will be on the right hand side.

Saturday, August 22, 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 and honeysuckle. Meet at the Riverbend Picnic Area parking lot. GPS coordinates: 42.504968, -83.709577

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Warren Woods State Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Spend a day in the woods helping to protect native habitat! This beautiful example of beech-maple forest has some unwelcome visitors and we need your help to remove them. Volunteers will learn to identify Japanese barberry, privet and other invasive shrubs. We'll enjoy a nice walk through the woods while searching for small plants to treat with herbicide. Please wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes to walk in the woods off of the trail. Meet at the main entrance off of Elm Valley Rd.

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Highland Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Want to help remove invasive shrubs from a high quality natural area? Then join us! We’ll be cutting in a new area within Haven Hill Natural Area to remove some large common buckthorn shrubs. We want to keep this invasive, non-native shrub 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, August 29, 2015
Brighton Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Removing invasive shrubs from this prairie fen will allow all of the neat native grasses and wildflowers to thrive. We hope to control an “island” of glossy buckthorn in what is otherwise a large open prairie fen. Meet on Bauer Road north of the Murray Lake campground entrance; look for a state truck. Roadside parking. GPS coordinates: 42.51420,-83.8120 ***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.

 

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

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.

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 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


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. For Belle Isle Park workdays only please sign up through the Belle Isle Conservancy's webpage. Contact Erica Hill at hille@belleisleconservancy.org or 313-331-7760 with questions.

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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