One of Michigan’s iconic and wild rivers is in peril. Uncontrolled development along the river presents numerous threats to the health of the river and wildlife that depends on it. These threats include pollution, stream-bank erosion, invasive species, and other issues that put the wild and natural qualities of the river and the watershed in jeopardy. We believe there is a solution.Read More
Volunteers play a vital role in helping the Land Conservancy keep nature nearby by protecting and stewarding the lands and waters of West Michigan. We could not do everything we do without our committed volunteers.
Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the Land Conservancy, get out in nature, meet new people, build your resume, share your skills, and have fun with family and friends.
Our office is in Grand Rapids, but we work to conserve land throughout our West Michigan service area. Chances are we have volunteer opportunities near you.
Second Saturday Workdays
The Land Conservancy’s 16 nature preserves contain an incredible diversity of natural features including prairies, forests, and wetlands that are great places to explore. However, invasive species and altered natural processes threaten to degrade the ecological quality of many of our preserves. Active management is often needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of these wonderful natural areas.
You can help
Fortunately, through our Second Saturdays event series, there are now plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help out.
From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, we will host a volunteer event that focuses on ecological restoration activities including invasive species removal, seed collecting, and native plant installation. Volunteers may also be involved with trail maintenance, general clean up, or other tasks that help visitors better enjoy our magnificent natural areas.
See the complete schedule and register to volunteer on our events page.
Tools, water and snacks will be provided.
Participants should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes.
These events are appropriate for ages 12 and up, unless stated otherwise.
Before attending a workday, please review our guidelines for volunteering safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read them here.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Here are some ways that you can help:
- Participate in an event
- Join our mailing crew
- Help at our office
- Share your special skills (plant/animal identification, photography, construction, design, writing, etc.)
- Be an ambassador for us at community events
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