Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Friends of TNC Preserves


One person walks through a colorful forest in Michigan during the autumn. The trees and tall grasses are vibrant oranges and reds.
Autumn Forest in Michigan Autumn at Wilderness Lakes Reserve in Baraga County, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. © Dietrich Ludwig
Volunteer Overview

TNC’s preserves across the state don’t just protect Michigan’s natural heritage; they also protect the important benefits to physical, spiritual and mental wellness that nature provides people. With the help of our enthusiastic volunteers, we maintain these preserves for their ecological health and work to make them accessible to as many people as possible, through field trips, audio tours and more.


As a "Friend of TNC Preserves", there are a number of ways you can help support our land efforts:

  • If you live near a preserve, routinely check the area for damage, debris or areas of concern. Then notify us at miplaces@tnc.org and let us know what you found. 
  • Use the iNaturalist app to help monitor species on the preserve. Join our Michigan Preserves and Reserves page on iNaturalist to see what others have discovered. 
  • If you are visiting a preserve, complete our survey to let us know how your visit went. 


You can find a list of preserves near you here. If you are interested in becoming a preserve steward, please contact us at miplaces@tnc.org to complete our volunteer sign-up form. 

In person work
8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET
Shaun Howard