Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities in Washtenaw County

Perhaps you live in a condo and have more energy than garden space.  Perhaps, you have become smitten with a section of one of the many natural areas around us.  Perhaps, you have a particular love for the Huron River and its watershed.

Perhaps, you realize that our publicly owned natural areas in Washtenaw County are indeed public, and they need our help in order remain oases of biodiversity.  No public entity has enough staff to adequately maintain these against invasive plants, dogs off leash, or people behaving badly.

Below are some of the many local organizations that need volunteers.  Explore these parks and natural areas, find a place which suits your interests, location, and energy.   Find a place that sings to your heart, then, turn a portion of it into an extension of your back yard.  Go back year after year and see the changes that your efforts are making.  Engage your friends—especially the younger ones.

Here are some of the organizations—so that you can sign up for emails about work days and other activities:

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens/Nichols Arboretum
Scroll through the variety of volunteer opportunities.  Given the range of activities, there are various places to sign up.  Here is the summary page. Scroll half way down to sign up for work activities. Die Buckthorn Scum!
www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/getinvolved/opportunities.asp

Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP)
NAP works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers: Adopt-a-Park, burn training, salamander monitoring, trail maintenance, and invasives’ control.
www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/ParksandRecreation/NAP/Pages/NaturalAreaPreservation.aspx
www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/administrative/Pages/Volunteer.aspx

Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program

Over 3,500 acres of parks and nature preserves offer abundant opportunities for combining work and play.  These lands were set aside through two separate millages voted on by the citizens of the county.
www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/volunteer/vol_home.html
www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/administration/sub_lists/pr_naturalists_sub.html

Huron Arbor Cluster of The Stewardship Network

Join up for the many educational opportunities, the January conference,  and the ever popular Garlic Mustard Challenge.
www.stewardshipnetwork.org/site/c.hrLOKWPILuF/b.1462477/k.4DCB/Enewsletter_Subscription_Form/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=hrLOKWPILuF&b=1462477&en=9iIHIUPzF8JQJ4OCL7LNK1NNLjKQK7NGKaJPK9NUKwE

Huron River Watershed Council
www.hrwc.org/volunteer/

Huron–Clinton MetroParks

If people would like to volunteer at the Metroparks, they can go to the following website to see upcoming opportunities: http://www.metroparks.com/Natural-Resources-Opportunities.
 
To actually register for a volunteer day, simply email to: naturevolunteer@metroparks.com

Their newsletter will also has upcoming opportunities and instructions on how to register.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact:

Summer Kennedy | Volunteer Coordinator – Natural Resources | Huron-Clinton Metroparks
13000 High Ridge Drive, Brighton, MI 48114-9058 | 810-494-6053

So many parks, so little time.  However, there are a few near Ann Arbor that are favorites:  Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Delhi Metropark, and Huron Meadows.

Michigan  Department of Natural Resources.
www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366_10871-132268–,00.html