Volunteer Opportunities


Stewardship Workdays

The Nature Conservancy was built on the dedication of our members and volunteers. Today we still rely on the support of those who are interested in helping the environment and working with others who share their passion for nature. By contributing your time and skills, you will be making a huge difference on the natural communities we've vowed to protect and preserve. Join us and your fellow nature lovers for one our upcoming workdays: 

Weekly workdays
Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Central Time
Each Thursday during the growing season, join our Kankakee Sands staff in restoration activities, such as planting native plants, removing non-native plants, harvesting seeds and garbage cleanup. To receive a weekly email about the Thursday activity, please email Alyssa Nyberg, and let her know that you’d like to be on the Kankakee Sands volunteer email list.

Upcoming Workdays 

Come out and join Land Steward, Tony Capizzo, in removing invasive trees and shrubs from the prairie. The weather may be cold but the work will keep everyone warm! Hatches will be used to girdle small trees and herbicides will be used to prevent re-sprouting. Work will be focused in the central portion of Unit H, thinning out less desirable species such as birch and cherry to make way for oaks.

The group will meet at the KS office, gear up, and then drive out to the worksite. The Kankakee Sands Office is located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco, IN 47963.

Hot beverages and snacks will be provided, as well as basic protective gear such as goggles and leather gloves. Contact Tony Capizzo to RSVP or for more information: acapizzo@tnc.org---

Spring in the Greenhouse: April 8, 2017 Time: 9 am to noon, Central Time
Join us in the warm, warm greenhouse for a morning of transplanting 3,000 to 5,000 native plant seedling that will be planted out onto Conservancy owned properties in Northern Indiana later this year. We will work with a variety of species, but most are fairly conservative species aka "fancy plants."

The work is easy and the conversation is always enjoyable. This workday is appropriate for all ages and abilities. We will be meeting at working at the Kankakee Sands Nursery, located at 1492 W CR 250 N, Morocco, IN 47963. Contact Alyssa Nyberg to RSVP or for more information at
anyberg@tnc.org or 219-866-1706. 

Springtime Planting: May 13, 2017 Time: 9 am - noon, Central Time
Join us for a morning of beautifying the landscaping around the Kankakee Sands office. We will be planting an assortment of easy to grow and colorful native flowering plants. This workday is appropriate for all ages and abilities. We will be meeting at working at the Kankakee Sands Office, located at 3294 N US 41, Morocco, IN 47963. Contact Alyssa Nyberg to RSVP or for more information at anyberg@tnc.org or 219-866-1706.

Ongoing Volunteer positions

Are you looking for a more permanent opportunity to share your time and talents with us? Check out these ongoing volunteer positions located in various areas around the state and fill out our volunteer application. If you don't see one that fits your interests and/or location, fill out the application anyways and indicate your preferences on location, time, skills, interests, etc. We'll work with you to find something that works for both of us!

Kankakee Sands
Southern Lake Michigan Rim

Butterfly Monitors: May-September
Butterflies are a key indicator of the health of our prized, remnant ecosystems, like the globally rare dune and swale ecosystem, found in northern Lake County, Indiana, in the Tolleston Strand Plain. To help track butterfly populations in various remnant natural areas, the Southern Lake Michigan Rim Project Office is annually in need of monitors from May through September to weekly collect data on the same route. No experience is required but you will need to attend one of the annual training events. If you would like to learn more, listen to John Henry Drake, Regional Ecologist at the Indiana Chapter, on a replay of an internet radio interview conducted in January 2013. For more information or to sign up, contact John Henry Drake.

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Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in how The Nature Conservancy in Indiana works? Interns will have the opportunity to visit select Conservancy nature preserves and to interact with a variety of staff, including administrative, land acquisition, and conservation staff.


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