Natural Resource Opportunities
Volunteers are an essential part of the fight against invasives and the continued work of restoring and conserving our natural areas.
Join the fight against the invasives! The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is looking for volunteers to help with ecosystem management and restoration. The Natural Resources Department typically holds two to four volunteer events each month from March to November. Without your work many native plants, wildflowers, and animals are crowded out. Your help allows the Metroparks to flourish and be enjoyed for generations to come. There is a year-round need for volunteers! Spring is Garlic Mustard season, while the summer and fall is shrub removal time.
All necessary tools and equipment will be provided, as well as a water cooler and snacks (we encourage the use of reusable water bottles). Please be sure to dress for working outdoors and in areas that may include poison ivy (long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, bug spray/sun screen, etc.) If you have a favorite pair of work/gardening gloves, bring them! If you don’t, we will provide some.
There is no fee to enter the park and you are welcome to enjoy the park when the workday is concluded. Our typical volunteer opportunity runs from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm A liability waiver is required; if under 18, a parent/legal guardian needs to sign as well. Preregistration required, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 494-6053
Statistics for 2016
- 46 volunteer workdays
- 662 unique volunteers
- 3,158 hours of work contributed
- Workdays in 10 Metroparks
Thank you so much to all of the individuals and organizations who have volunteered your time and efforts with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in 2016! Your help has allowed us to accomplish so much more than we could do on our own, and we truly appreciate it. Our goal for 2017 is to reach every Metropark in the system, please help us reach our goal! Since our volunteer program began in 2007, every year we accomplish more work and reach more volunteers. Be a part of making your Metroparks great! Some of our partners for 2016 include:
- Allstate Lake Orion HS
- Macomb Community College
- National Honor Society
- General Motors
- Trail Life
- Central Michigan University