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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, February 13, 2016; 9am - 1pm, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Brush cutting of trees and shrubs: For our last Winter Workday, we’ll be touching-up any areas that we didn’t quite finish earlier in the season. We’ll be working in one (or more) of the areas we worked in from November through January, touching up any loose ends. Our method of attack will be using the hack & squirt technique for larger plants, and hand loppers with herbicide follow-up for the smaller twigs and saplings. Treats will be provided to celebrate an awesome winter season, so be sure not to miss this workday! We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear, but we ask that you bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothing. In particular, some form of work-boot (hiking or leather) is strongly recommended, along with cold-weather gear. Work will be lightly to moderately physically strenuous. Email Tony Capizzo or call (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, March 12, 2016; 9 am - Noon, Central Time

Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Transplanting at Kankakee Sands Greenhouse: So long winter and welcome spring, we are glad you have come! As always, green is the theme for our transplanting workdays. Put on those green t-shirts and join us for a morning of working in the warm greenhouse transplanting bright green seedlings. We’ll use our green thumbs to transplant a variety of native flowers and grasses which we started in our greenhouse back in February. The work is easy and the conversation is always entertaining. You are sure to learn about native plants, prairies, Kankakee Sands, and how good you are at transplanting! Even in the cold of winter, it can get quite warm in the greenhouse (90°), so bring clothing options, from a short-sleeved shirt to a jacket; sunglasses and a hat are also recommended. All ages welcome and R.S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call (219) 866-1706. Meet at the Kankakee Sands greenhouse located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco IN 47963.

 

Saturday, April 9, 2016; 9 am - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Transplanting at the Kankakee Sands Greenhouse: Get those green t-shirts back out again, we have another batch of seedlings ready and raring to be transplanted! In February, we sowed native plant seeds into germination trays, and now the second wave of seedlings are ready to be transplanted into individual pots. The work is easy and the conversation is always entertaining. You are sure to learn about native plants, prairies, Kankakee Sands, and how good you are at transplanting! Even in the cold of winter, it can get quite warm in the greenhouse (90°), so bring lots of clothing options, from a short-sleeved shirt to a jacket; sunglasses and a hat are also recommended. All ages welcome and R.S.V.P.’s appreciated. Email Alyssa Nyberg or call (219) 866-1706. Meet at the Kankakee Sands greenhouse located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco IN 47963. Feel free to bring your lunch and your binoculars; after the workday, head out to experience the spring bird migration. There are always interesting birds to see and hear this time of year.

 

Friday, May 6, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Eastern Time

Fall Creek Gorge, Warren County

Invasive Species Removal: Join us at Fall Creek Gorge, one of our most popular preserves, for a morning of pulling garlic mustard. Email Derek Luchik or 317-626-0246 for more information

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016; 9 am - Noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County
Planting Native Plants at Kankakee Sands Nursery: Join us for a fun morning of planting our potted greenhouse plants into the great, wide open of our outdoor native plant nursery. There will be plenty of activities for all ages and abilities, from taking small plants out of pots to digging holes, planting, and restacking pots. Many hands are desirable for this busy workday of planting 2,000+ plants. (Wow!) No experience necessary. 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 (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, May 14, 2016; 9 a.m. - Noon, Eastern Time
Fall Creek Gorge, Warren County
Invasive Species Removal: Join us at Fall Creek Gorge, one of our most popular preserves, for a morning of pulling garlic mustard. Email Derek Luchik or 317-626-0246 for more information.

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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