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Volunteer Stewardship Workdays engage volunteers, students, scouts and passionate visitors to help protect state parks through hands-on restoration and education. Each month, volunteers roll up their sleeves to help remove invasive plants that threaten high-quality ecosystems in state parks across southern lower Michigan.
Since 2003, volunteers have put in more than 120,000 hours of work helping to enhance and restore hundreds of acres of habitat that support endangered, threatened and rare plant and animal species. Volunteers will learn plant identification, see rare ecosystems, connect with others, get exercise and more.
No experience is necessary, and all equipment and instruction are provided. Preregistration is required. If you'd like to join, find the workday(s) that interests and then email your name, phone number and the date/location to:
Interested in volunteering on your own? Some training and coordination is required; however, once you are trained, these activities can be performed whenever it is convenient for you! If you're interested, please email Kelsey Dietz or call 517-388-8517.
Maps and directions
The volunteer stewardship workday calendar includes GPS coordinates linked to a Google map of the exact meeting location.
Meeting locations typically do note include park headquarters or areas with a street address.
What to wear / bring
- Appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and work boots.
- Drinking water.
- Work gloves, eye protection / safety glasses.
- Waterproof boots (knee-high rubber boots or hip waders) are recommended for fen and other wetland sites. We have a limited supply to borrow.
* Be sure boots and gear are free of mud and hitchhiking seeds, so you don't inadvertently spread invasive plant seeds into these high-quality natural areas.
Groups and youth
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 youth group, the group leader may sign instead.
To help us plan out equipment and workday needs, advanced registration for groups larger than five is strongly encouraged.
Classrooms and student groups interested in an interpretive experience should contact park visitor centers or explorer guides.
If a workday must be canceled due to inclement weather (or any other reason), registered participants will receive an email at least two hours ahead of the scheduled meeting time.
Gift of trees, Belle Isle plantings
To honor the memory of loved ones, we encourage donations to our tree planting and protection fund. To help expand the tree canopy at Belle Isle Park, there are some volunteer programs available.