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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!

Laughing whitefish lake preserve trail clean-up

Help with trail maintenance on the George Shiras III Discovery Trail while enjoying spring ephemerals. We will hold our annual Spring Trail Clean-up on Saturday May 9, 2015 at 9:00am. We will cut any downed trees across the trail, clear brush and leaves to make the trail more visible, replace any missing or damaged trail signs and any other trail work we might stumble upon.

Participants meet at the Onota Township Hall and carpool to the preserve (directions). Bring a rake, hand saw, or pruners or loppers if you have any. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch and water.

Contact the UP office (906-225-0399 or for more information or to sign up! 

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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