Stewardship

Group of volunteers with tools standing in front of woodland

Everyone was really friendly and I learned a lot.”

Stewardship volunteering is a great opportunity to help the environment, be active, meet like-minded people, and explore the many preserves and parks offered throughout Washtenaw County. Workdays are open to the public and no prior experience is necessary. 

The work varies from season to season, but the goals are usually to 1) improve habitat for wildlife, 2) make space for Michigan's unique native plant communities, and 3) improve the recreational experience for park visitors. We do this by removing invasive plants that are creating problems in parklands. We will hand pull garlic mustard, dames rocket, and spotted knapweed in the spring and summer and use hand tools to cut down shrubs such as autumn olive and buckthorn in the fall and winter. Sometimes we get the opportunity to plant trees or collect and spread native seed as well. Join us to learn about native and non-native plant identification, local ecosystems, and best practices for invasive plant management.

For all events, please dress for the weather and be prepared for working off-trail by wearing durable pants and closed-toe shoes. We will provide gloves, tools, and instruction. 

Neighborhood Nature Days

At these ongoing workdays, volunteers will help care for the parks that they frequent and enjoy. Each location will have it's own dates and times. Please reach out to appropriate contacts for more questions. 

County Farm Park
Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18
1pm - 4pm 
Join friends and neighbors of County Farm Park on the third Saturday of every month for Neighborhood Nature Days. Over the winter, stewardship work will focus on the removal of invasive shrubs and vines throughout Britton Woods and Fox Hollow. Registration required. To register email Shawn at [email protected]
 

Independence Lake County Park
Come and help us improve the lands we frequent and enjoy. This work will focus on removal of invasive vines and shrubs throughout the prairies and nearby woodlands. No previous experience is needed. Workdays will be led by Faye Stoner. Please be dressed and prepared for current weather conditions. To RSVP, please email Julie Sigda at [email protected]

Every Tuesday Nov 1 - Feb 23
10am - 2 pm

Third Saturday of the Month
Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18
1 - 3pm


For more stewardship opportunities outside of WCPARC, check out https://www.stewardshipnetwork.org/events/.