Volunteer Opportunities

Indiana

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 at Kankakee Sands in Newton County
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 

Springtime Planting
May 13, 2017
9 am - noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County

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.


Dynamic Duo of Seed Harvesting Workdays at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, Part 1
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9am to noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County


It’s seed pickin’ time. Join us as we collect seed from a variety of native flower and grass species for use in our upcoming restoration plantings at Conrad Station Savanna. While we are collecting, there’s no telling what we will see…flowers, butterflies, birds… After harvesting the seeds, we will transport them to our seed barn facility for drying and planting this winter. The workday is very family friendly and appropriate for all ages and abilities. 

No experience necessary. Fleece and wool clothing is not recommended because seeds stick to them and a challenge to remove. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a picnic on the prairie or hike a trail at Kankakee Sands after the workday.  RSVPs appreciated. Contact Alyssa Nyberg by email or call (219) 866-1706 for more information and to RSVP.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant nursery located at 1492 W 250 N, Morocco, IN, 47963. 

 

Dynamic Duo of Seed Harvesting Workdays at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant Nursery, Part 2
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9am to noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County


Enjoy the orange and gold colors of the prairie during this workday of collecting seeds. There will be seed harvesting activities outdoors in the nursery, and seed cleaning activities in the shade of the pole barn. Fun for all, that’s our promise...and cookies too!

No experience necessary.  Fleece and wool clothing is not recommended because seeds stick to them and are a challenge to remove. Feel free to bring your lunch and have a picnic on the prairie or hike a trail at Kankakee Sands after the workday.  RSVPs appreciated. Contact Alyssa Nyberg by email or call (219) 866-1706 for more information and to RSVP.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Native Plant nursery located at 1492 W 250 N, Morocco, IN, 47963. 


The one, the only: Seed Cleaning Workday at the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9am to noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County


The seed harvest is finished and now it is time to clean the seeds that will be used in our restoration planting this coming winter. Join us as we work with native plant seeds large and small, appreciating each and every one. Warning: the work can be a bit dusty and sneezy.

We will provide training, work gloves, eye protection, and any other necessary protective gear. RSVPs appreciated. Contact Alyssa Nyberg by email or call (219) 866-1706 for more information and to RSVP.  We will begin the morning at the Kankakee Sands Seed Barn located at 417 W, 600 N, Lake Village, IN, 47963. 


Winter Workday on the Prairie
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10 am to noon, Central Time
Kankakee Sands, Newton County


We will be continuing our project from last winter by working to improve the savanna portions of Units G and H at Kankakee Sands. Hatchets and herbicides will be used in the "hack and spray" technique to girdle excess trees and allow more sunlight to reach the savanna floor.

We will have need to take a short hike through the prairie in order to reach the worksite. There will be work for varying levels of physical ability, so come one, come all. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear good hiking boots. Other protective gear (goggles, gloves), as well as snacks and warm drinks will be provided. We will meet at the main office located at 3294 US 41, Morocco, IN. Email Tony Capizzo for more information and to RSVP.


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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