Volunteers needed in September at state parks, recreation areas in southwest Michigan

Volunteer stewardship workdays take place
each month at state parks and recreation areas.
Volunteer efforts at these workdays are
critical in helping to protect Michigan's
natural areas. (DNR photo)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the September schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks in southwest Michigan, offering plenty of opportunities for area residents to help protect natural areas by removing non-native shrubs like autumn olive, multi-flora rose and Japanese barberry.

No experience is necessary, and training and equipment are provided. These activities are a great way to enjoy time outdoors in the late summer while restoring high-quality, unique ecosystems and learning more about them.

Workday dates, locations (counties) and times include:
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 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.

Watch this brief video to learn more about why these volunteer stewardship efforts are so important to protecting natural areas and ecosystems in Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email. Any questions should be directed to Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 orfreih@michigan.gov. Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Workday details, maps and directions can be found on the DNR website atwww.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and clicking on the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.