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Volunteer in Michigan

Are you interested in:

  • Working with others who share your love of nature?
  • Contributing your time and skills to an organization you believe in?
  • Broadening your resume and life experiences?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we've got some great opportunities for you. Volunteers help The Nature Conservancy devote a major portion of its funds to land conservation, keeping our effectiveness high and our costs low. Email Michigan Volunteer for more information. Watch a video about becoming a marketing intern at our Lansing office.

Be sure to visit our Field Trips and Events page for more information on what's happening in Michigan!

Volunteer at the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow!

Are you interested in building community and volunteering your time at a vast and dynamic nature preserve in southeast Michigan? We are looking for volunteers to assist with several restoration and citizen science initiatives at our Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow in Grass Lake, MI. An orientation field day will take place July 25 from 9 a.m. - noon. Before then, we will host several informal opportunities to learn more. Stop in at one of our Coffee Chats to meet Chloe Miller, Preserve Outreach Assistant, and learn more about this preserve. 

Coffee Chats
Date:  July 14
Time:  8 a.m. - noon
Location:  Mighty Good Coffee 
                    217 N. Main Street
                    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Date:  July 16
Time:  8 a.m. - noon
Location:  Jackson Coffee Co. 
                   201 S. Mechanic St.
                   Jackson, MI 49201 

Date:  July 21
Time:  8 a.m. - noon
Location:  Biggby Coffee
                   1171 S Main St.
                   Chelsea, MI 48118

Volunteer Orientation Field Day
Date:  July 25
Time:  9 a.m. - noon
Location:  Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow (click the link for directions)

Volunteer at Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve!

Are you interested in volunteering your time to restore a native prairie, meet new people, and further the conservation goals of The Nature Conservancy? Volunteering for TNC gives participants a chance to get off the beaten path while gaining hands on experience with conservation and restoration work at preserves.

Volunteer Days
  June 27th
              August 15th
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve, Mattawan, MI (click link to the left for directions)

To RSVP or for more information, contact Chloe Miller, Preserve Outreach Assistant, at chloe.miller@tnc.orgor 517-316-0300 ext. 2206.

Volunteer at Ross Preserve!

Do you live in southwest Michigan and have an interest in volunteering at one of The Nature Conservancy's largest and most diverse preserves? Then join us at Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve! We need help marking trails, improving pathways and with a variety of other projects. 

Volunteer Days
Dates: June 20 
             July 18
             August 8
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve, Covert, MI (click link to the left for directions)

To RSVP or for more information please contact Chloe Miller, Preserve Outreach Assistant, at or (517) 316-0300 ext. 2206.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities at Ives Road Fen Preserve

Saturdays, April to November, 8:50am-1pm—Throughout the year, you will enjoy seeing butterflies and various bird species. In the spring months, we pull garlic mustard in the floodplain forest next to the River Raisin and enjoy the spring woodland wildflowers and some herptiles. During the summer months we cut and pile invasive buckthorn in the prairie fen while witnessing a progression of wildflowers, and, later in the season, the early fall bird migration. In fall, we cut honeysuckle in the upland area near the prairie and enjoy the fall colors and fall fruits. Workdays include cold drinks and fresh chocolate chip cookies. As a volunteer, you will get a chance to see parts of the preserve that most visitors never get to see. For details and more information, email us at  

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