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Get Involved: Current Volunteer Opportunities

Spring is in full swing at the preserve! Here are a couple of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty, learn more about native plants, and help out a great cause. We appreciate whatever time you can contribute. If there are other weekday times you are able to help, please let us know as we may be able to accommodate your schedule. While you can just show up, it is helpful for planning if you are able to let us know when you plan on volunteering: click here. If you have specific questions, contact the leader in charge of the event. Please bring your own work gloves, and wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty.

Spring Cleaning at the BIC & Native Gardens

We will be cleaning out gardens, clearing cob webs, raking leaves, and pulling garlic mustard.
Leader: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager

Location: Bunker Interpretive Center

Friday, April 25 at 3–5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30 at 2–5 p.m.

Preparing for the Native Plant Sale

Plants raised support this and future Native Plant Sales, as well as restoration efforts at both the Ecosystem Preserve and Flat Iron Lake Preserve.
Leader: Neil, Stewardship Intern (, 248-794-6458)

Location: Greenhouses at the Preserve House on Lake Drive (3770 Lake Drive SE, GR 49546. There is construction on Lake at East Beltline, so you must approach the house from East Paris. The house is on the south side of the road; the address is on a white mailbox. You can see the greenhouse at the end of the driveway.)

Potting, Tagging & Moving Seedlings:

Mondays, April 21 & 28, 1:30–3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Plant Sale Setup:
Friday, May 2, 2:30–6 p.m.
Native Plant Sale (greeting & selling):
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Transplanting (for future plant sales & restoration projects):
Mondays, May 5 & 12, 1:30–3 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 7 & 14, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Can't make it to these volunteer activities? Consider other ways in which you can get involved at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve.