Volunteer for Nature with Stewardship Saturdays!

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Everyone was really friendly and I learned a lot more about specific invasive species and other techniques for getting rid of them.”

Join us the second Saturday of the month to help the environment, be active, and explore. Stewardship Saturdays are open to the public and no prior experience is necessary. If you would like to bring a group of more than five, please let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate with appropriate staff and tools. 

The work varies from season to season, but the goal is usually to remove non-native plants that are threatening the landscape. We will hand pull garlic mustard, dames rocket, and spotted knapweed in the spring and summer and use hand tools to cut down autumn olive and buckthorn in the fall and winter. 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. In case of inclement weather, check our Facebook page for updates or cancellation.

Upcoming events:

Stewardship Saturday: Stiltgrass Workshop
Saturday, July 17th – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Botsford Preserve

The Washtenaw Stiltgrass Working Group has been tackling the invasive stiltgrass since it was first discovered in 2017. This workshop is to empower and equip private landowners in Scio Township with the know-how to identify and manage stiltgrass on their own properties, using Botsford Preserve as an example of ongoing management. Registration is required by emailing [email protected].

Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, July 18th - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Baker Woods Preserve

Caring for the land is a year-round job. In the spring, volunteers removed dames rocket and garlic mustard. Now it is time to remove Japanese hedge parsley in the same woodland. This is a great opportunity to be a part of year-round stewardship. No experience is needed. Email Katie at [email protected] to register.

Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, August 14th - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
County Farm Park (Medford Pavilion)
Join us the second Saturday of every month to help the environment and explore new places. Britton Woods is the only area of County Farm Park that has never been historically farmed. Help us preserve this high quality woodland by volunteering to remove invasive plants. No experience needed; all tools and know-how will be provided. Email Katie at [email protected] to register.

Stewardship events are currently limited to 10 volunteers per workday leader. To register, or for more information, contact:
Katie Carlisle
[email protected]