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 BASICS
Saturday, May 8th - 10:00am to noon
Parker Mill County Park

This Intro to Stewardship will teach the basics of common plant identification, what makes a plant invasive, and what to do about it. It will be a combination of instruction and volunteer work and is intended for those new to volunteering. Be prepared to be outdoors for the duration of the event and some hiking off-trail. Registration details below.

STEWARDSHIP SATURDAY
Saturday, May 8th - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Parker Mill County Park

This month’s workday is a part of Huron River Day, Every Day. We will remove invasive plants in the floodplain of both Fleming Creek and the Huron River to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. No prior experience is needed; registration, social distancing, and face coverings are required. Registration details below. 

BONUS STEWARDSHIP SATURDAY
Saturday, May 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Weatherbee Woods Preserve
Weatherbee Woods Preserve is located on the far western boundary of the Rouge River Watershed. This Saturday, we are teaming up with Friends of the Rouge River for Rouge Rescue. Join us to remove garlic mustard and other invasive plants from the woods in order to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. No experience or tools are necessary; be prepared for light hiking and working off trail. Registration details below. 

A HAPPY LITTLE TREE PLANTING
Saturday, May 22nd 9:00 a.m. - noon 
and/or
Tuesday, May 25th 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sharon Mills County Park

We need your help planting a forest at Sharon Mills County Park! Join to help plant happy little trees that will in time grow to a productive forest. Volunteers should be prepared for working off trail with possibly muddy conditions. Registration details below.


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