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 2015
- 43 volunteer workdays
- 437 unique volunteers
- 3112.75 hours of work contributed
- 29 30-gallon bags of garlic mustard pulled
- Workdays in 10 Metroparks
- Work performed in 7 different ecosystems
Thank you so much to all of the individuals and organizations who have volunteered your time and efforts with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in 2015! Your help has allowed us to accomplish so much more than we could do on our own and we truly appreciate it. We hope to work with you again in 2016!
- Toyota Boshoku America
- 242 Church
- Cub Scout Troop 1722
- Macomb Community College
- Central Michigan University Alternative Breaks
- International Academy of Macomb Ecology Club