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Get Involved: Adult Community Volunteers

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways you can be a part of the exciting things happening at the Preserve:

  • Maintain/create trails
  • Plant native species around the Preserve
  • Collect seeds for propogation in our greenhouses
  • Assist with invasive species control
  • Lead educational programs for children/adults
  • Develop/write educational materials
  • Create displays
  • Assist with special events such as the Native Plant Sale or Family Weekend Open House
  • Office/clerical support
  • Research funding sources/write grants
  • Share expertise (financial, legal, etc.)

Current Volunteer Needs

After a long winter, it's finally time to get out and get dirty! This spring, we welcome your help in the greenhouse and forest with planting and stewarding. You do not need to complete an application for these events.

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Educational Program Leaders - If you enjoy working with children and sharing your love of the outdoors, becoming a Program Leader may be for you. Leaders guide elementary school groups through the Preserve, presenting a variety of specifically designed environmental education programs. Leaders need to be knowledgeable about Michigan flora and fauna and/or be willing to learn, and must be able to communicate their knowledge in a professional and educational way. Prior experience teaching and/or working with children is preferred. Programs take place during the school year 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Time commitments vary. Training is provided.

Artists, Crafters, and Carpenters - We are often in need of talented people for various creative projects at the Preserve. For example, we would love to make more puppets and backdrops for our puppet theater, as well as create large grapevine wreaths to be displayed during the winter months in the Butterfly House. Let us know how you would like to share your creative flair!

To Be a Volunteer

To help with any of the activities listed, please complete an adult volunteer application.
(Note to Mac users: you must complete this application using Adobe Reader, not Preview.)

To discuss other ways in which your talent may contribute to the mission of the Preserve, please contact Julie Wilbourn.


Program Leader, Sharon Bajema teaching 6th graders about water quality issues.

raking leaves

Raking leaves during fall clean-up.