Volunteers needed this month for stewardship workdays at Michigan State Parks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the May schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks in southern Michigan. Workday details, maps and directions can be found on the DNR website atwww.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers on the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.

Volunteers are needed to pull non-native, invasive weeds such as garlic mustard, dame’s rocket and narrow-leaved bitter-cress that threaten to take over in high-quality woodlands. This activity is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the spring, see wildflowers, restore unique ecosystems and learn more about them and their inhabitants.

Workday dates, locations (counties) and times include:
Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email. 

Any questions regarding southeastern parks should be directed to Laurel Malvitz-Draper at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov. Any questions about southwestern parks should be directed to Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.

The DNR's Volunteer Steward Program is a hands-on way for all ages to learn about and protectMichigan's natural resources by collecting native seeds, removing invasive species, conducting plant and animal surveys and more. Other ways to volunteer with the DNR include joining a state park friends group, serving as a campground host or a lightkeeper and many other opportunities. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers.