Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Stewardship Event at Point Betsie


Sand dunes with scattered grasses.
Zetterberg Preserve Sand dunes at Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media
Volunteer Overview

The dunes at Pt. Betsie are part of the largest freshwater dune system in the world, which covers 275,000 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline. They provide critical habitat for rare species, including Pitcher’s thistle. They have also been identified as a potential nesting site for piping plovers as the population of this endangered species recovers.

Help us protect this natural area by joining us for a volunteer event at the Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie hosted by The Nature Conservancy and the Point Betsie Lighthouse. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about The Nature Conservancy and our work in Michigan while helping clean up the beach area and remove invasive species. Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect! 

Invasive Removal

Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to our conservation mission because they can displace native plants and degrade wildlife habitat. During this event, volunteers will help us remove spotted knapweed to ensure native plant communities and wildlife can thrive. Because spotted knapweed can irritate skin we recommend wearing a long-sleeve shirt and bringing gloves.

In person work
Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie
Jul 27, 2024
9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Savannah Trottier