Volunteer Opportunities

Indiana

Stewardship Workdays

The Nature Conservancy was built on the dedication of our members and volunteers. Today we still rely on the support of those who are interested in helping the environment and working with others who share their passion for nature. By contributing your time and skills, you will be making a huge difference on the natural communities we've vowed to protect and preserve. Join us and your fellow nature lovers for one our upcoming workdays: 

Saturday, June 11th, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time

Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Non-native Plant Species Removal, Part 1: Attack of the Gloved Hands: Come join Kankakee Sands staff to help control invasive plants across 6,500 acres of prairie plantings during this first of three non-native plant removal workdays. We will be removing invasive species, such as wild carrot, sweet clover and knap weed, by pulling with our gloved hands.
 
We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear. Some form of work-boot is recommended, along with long pants, long sleeves and a hat to provide your own, personal patch of shade. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call him at (219) 285-2184 with questions or to R.S.V.P.  Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN, 47963.
 
Saturday, July 9th, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Non-native Plant Species Removal, Part 2: The Saga Continues: Come join Kankakee Sands staff to help control invasive plants across 6,500 acres of prairie plantings during this second non-native plant species removal workday. We will be removing invasive species, such as wild carrot, sweet clover and knap weed, by continuing to pull them with our gloved hands.

We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear. Some form of work-boot is recommended, along with long pants, long sleeves and a hat to provide your own, personal patch of shade. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call him at (219) 285-2184 with questions or to R.S.V.P.  Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN, 47963.
 
Saturday, August 13th, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Non-native Plant Species Removal, Part 3: The Final Battle: Come join Kankakee Sands staff to help control invasive plants across 6,500 acres of prairie plantings for the final of three summer non-native plant species removal workdays. We will be removing invasive species, such as wild carrot, sweet clover and knap weed, by pulling them with our gloved hands.
 
We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear. Some form of work-boot is recommended, along with long pants, long sleeves and a hat to provide your own, personal patch of shade. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call him at (219) 285-2184 with questions or to R.S.V.P.  Meet at our Nature Conservancy Office located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco IN, 47963.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Seed Harvest at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, Part 1: It’s pickin’ time. Join us as we collect seed from a variety of flower and grass species for use in our upcoming restoration plantings. And while we are collecting, there’s no telling what we will see…flowers, butterflies, birds… After harvesting the seeds, we will transport them to our seed barn facility for drying and planting this winter. The workday is very family friendly and appropriate for all ages and abilities. 
 
No experience necessary. Fleece and wool clothing is not recommended as it collects seeds. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a picnic on the prairie or hike a trail at Kankakee Sands after the workday.  R. S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call her (219) 866-1706 for more information and to R.S.V.P.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant nursery located at 1492 W 250 N, Morocco, IN, 47963.
 
Saturday, October, 8th, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Seed Harvest at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, Part 2: Enjoy the orange and gold colors of the prairie during this workday of collecting seeds. There will be seed harvesting activities in the beds of the nursery, and seed cleaning activities in the shade of the pole barn. Fun for all, that’s our promise...and cookies too!
 
No experience necessary.  Fleece and wool clothing is not recommended as it collects seeds. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a picnic on the prairie or hike a trail at Kankakee Sands (in costume!) after the workday.  R. S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call her at (219) 866-1706 for more information and to R.S.V.P.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant nursery located at 1492 W 250 N, Morocco, IN, 47963.
 
Saturday, November 12th, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Seed Cleaning at the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn: The seed harvest is finished and now it is time to clean the seeds for planting this coming winter. Join us as we work with native plant seeds large and small, appreciating each and every one. Warning: the work can be a bit dusty and sneezy.
 
We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear. R. S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call her at (219) 866-1706 for more information and to R.S.V.P.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn located at 417 W, 600 N, Lake Village, IN, 47963. 
 

Ongoing Volunteer positions

Are you looking for a more permanent opportunity to share your time and talents with us? Check out these ongoing volunteer positions located in various areas around the state and fill out our volunteer application. If you don't see one that fits your interests and/or location, fill out the application anyways and indicate your preferences on location, time, skills, interests, etc. We'll work with you to find something that works for both of us!

Kankakee Sands
Southern Lake Michigan Rim

Butterfly Monitors: May-September
Butterflies are a key indicator of the health of our prized, remnant ecosystems, like the globally rare dune and swale ecosystem, found in northern Lake County, Indiana, in the Tolleston Strand Plain. To help track butterfly populations in various remnant natural areas, the Southern Lake Michigan Rim Project Office is annually in need of monitors from May through September to weekly collect data on the same route. No experience is required but you will need to attend one of the annual training events. If you would like to learn more, listen to John Henry Drake, Regional Ecologist at the Indiana Chapter, on a replay of an internet radio interview conducted in January 2013. For more information or to sign up, contact John Henry Drake.
 


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