The DNR will host a number of volunteer stewardship workdays in February at state parks in southeast and southwest Michigan.
Volunteers are needed to help locate and cut non-native, invasive shrubs that threaten to crowd out native plants and disrupt balance in high-quality ecosystems. Workdays are an enjoyable way to spend time outdoors while restoring Michigan’s ecosystems and learning about its inhabitants.
Workday details (including meeting locations, the stewardship volunteer registration form and links to individual park maps and directions) are available on the DNR website at Michigan.gov/DNRVolunteers. All volunteers are asked to register either by using the form or via email.
Southeast Michigan workdays:
Saturday, Feb.16: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland County), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland County), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Southwest Michigan workdays:
Saturday, Feb. 2: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), 1 to 4 p.m.
Volunteers should bring insulated, leather work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
The DNR’s Volunteer Stewardship Program is a hands-on way for all ages to learn about and protect Michigan’s natural resources by collecting native seeds, removing invasive species, conducting plant and animal surveys, and other activities.