You Can Make a Difference at Your Metroparks!
Every year thousands of volunteers donate countless hours to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Become an invaluable member of the team by joining efforts to preserve the Metroparks and enhance the environment for generations to come. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is grateful for your contribution and has many opportunities to match your talents or hobbies with each Metropark’s needs.
Give your time to nature or farm centers, or at Historic Wolcott Mill, to enrich the experience of every visitor. Nature lovers can plant and maintain flower gardens or census some of the Metroparks’ plant and animal life. If you enjoy handy work, you can paint and refurbish signs, exhibits, and smaller buildings.
If golf is your favorite pastime, we can use your help on the fairways. Help maintain the pace of play, repair ball marks on the greens, move tee markers, clean trash, and perform other tasks that make golfing at one of the Metroparks’ courses a most enjoyable past time.
Natural areas within the Metroparks need your help, too. Learn about supporting our native plant populations by removing invasive trees, shrubs, and plants or collecting seeds to be sown at restoration sites within the Metroparks. In addition to these activities, occasional special projects may require your assistance, such as planting native vegetation. The Metroparks provide all necessary tools and equipment, including water and snacks. The gift of your time will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors for years to come.
Why should you help?
Imagine you own 24,000 acres of forests, fields, lakes and rivers, inhabited by thousands of species of plants and animals. Trees, grasses and flowers thrive. But non-native species threaten the existence of many of the plants and creatures that inhabit your land. What would you do?
At the Metroparks, about 80 percent of its 24,000 acres are kept natural. In some of these areas invasive plants are taking over native plants. Phragmites, garlic mustard and autumn olive are just three culprits invading and destroying natural vegetation. At other locations, wildflowers and prairie plants have been identified that could flourish with some help and protection from us.
Spring is an especially busy time to help. Volunteer workdays are held weekdays and weekends, typically for two or three hours. Workdays can also be specially scheduled for organizations, businesses and other groups.
How Volunteering Benefits You
Although there is no monetary compensation, volunteers at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks enjoy many benefits. First, take pleasure in the rewarding fulfillment of serving your community and making the Metroparks better places to visit. Enjoy ample opportunities to socialize with others, pursue a new or favorite hobby, and help the environment.