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Kankakee Sands: Volunteer With Us!

We are so grateful for our volunteers! Whether you have helped to pick up garbage, transplant seedlings or spray invasive plants, we truly appreciate the time and energy you have put towards creating prairies and maintaining savannas at Kankakee Sands. Last year, volunteers gave us more than 850 hours of their time and effort at Kankakee Sands! Amazing! Thank you for volunteering and for your friendship, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming volunteer opportunities:    

Thursday Mornings at Kankakee Sands

We invite volunteers to join our Kankakee Sands work in Indiana and Illinois from 9 am to 11 am on Thursdays through the end November. Activities will change with the seasons and may include seed collection, seed cleaning, invasive species removal, garbage clean-up, etc.

Saturday Workdays

We have family-friendly volunteer workdays scheduled on the second Saturday of each month from 9 am to noon. Join us!

Upcoming Workdays

Saturday, August 13th, 2016; 9am to noon, Central Time
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; 9am to noon, Central Time
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 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, October, 8th, 2016; 9am to noon, Central Time
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; 9am to noon, Central Time
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 (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
 

Volunteer Positions

We also have several long-term volunteer positions available. These positions are for committed individuals able to work regularly and independently throughout the year. Click on the name of each for a position description:

 

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