Stewardship volunteers needed throughout January in southern Michigan state parks

Volunteers help restore park ecosystems by assisting
in volunteer workdays that take place each month in
southern Michigan. (DNR photo)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a number of volunteer stewardship workdays in January at state parks and recreation areas in southeast and southwest Michigan.

Volunteers are needed to help locate and remove nonnative, invasive shrubs that threaten to crowd out native plants and disrupt balance in high-quality ecosystems. Workdays are an enjoyable way to spend time outdoors while restoring Michigan's ecosystems and learning about its inhabitants.

The calendar of volunteer stewardship workdays (which includes workday details, the stewardship volunteer registration form and links to individual park maps and directions) is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers. All volunteers are asked to register either by using the form or via email.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Southeast Michigan workdays

Southwest Michigan workdays

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 other activities. 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.

Questions should be directed to Laurel Malvitz (southeast Michigan) at 517-719-2285 or malvitzL@michigan.gov or Heidi Frei (southeast Michigan) at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.