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Volunteer

Volunteers are a key part of Chippewa Nature Center. We offer a variety of volunteering opportunities for members to share their time and expertise throughout the year. A person can come alone, with their spouse or entire family. Scout groups and service clubs are nearly always a part of our festivals!

If you are interested in learning more about some of the volunteer opportunities listed below, or you would like to discuss other ways of volunteering, please contact Cathy Devendorf, Director of Volunteers and Outreach via Email or at 989.631.0830.

Special Events

If you like to volunteer but can’t make a long term commitment, this may be perfect for you. You can assist with activities, work the admission gate and help set up or clean up. Shifts vary in length and are mostly on weekends or in the evenings. You can volunteer once a year or at all of our events!

Stewardship

Do you want to spend time outdoors while you volunteer? With 1,200 acres, we frequently have opportunities for you to work outside and help maintain CNC. We have “exotic invasive” removal days, trail work and other clean up projects of varying lengths of time. Often, they are several hours in one day, but others are shorter in duration.

Special Projects

Do you have a skill that you want to share? Call and let’s talk about how we can put it to good use. We have people who do clerical tasks, take photographs, among other things. You can participate once or be part of an ongoing project.

Nature Day Camp

Nature Day Camp is an exciting and unique opportunity for children and teens to get outside and experience nature first hand. Programs are designed for specific age groups and groups sizes are kept small to ensure an excellent learning opportunity for everyone. If you’d like volunteer to be a counselor, be sure to check out the Counselor-in-Training Forms here.

Homestead Garden

Calling all gardeners! Plans are taking shape for the heirloom vegetable garden at the Homestead Farm. Seeds for pumpkins and watermelons, potatoes and onions, pole beans and other plants will soon be here, ready for school children to plant this spring. What we REALLY need are volunteers to help weed, water and tend our heirloom vegetables and flower beds throughout the summer months! If you’re interested in helping out (and taking home some of the produce) please contact Kyle Bagnall at 631-0830 or by email.

Homestead Sundays

If you enjoy learning historical skills and stories, playing old-time games and sharing your knowledge with others, you may enjoy volunteering at Homestead Sundays! Volunteers greet visitors, lead historic crafts/activities and demonstrate historic skills on Sunday afternoons Memorial Day through Labor Day. An orientation is offered prior to the season, then ongoing “on the job” training. There are also reference materials available to help you.  Volunteers must commit to working 5 times over the season (once every three weeks), but can work more if they like. For more information, please contact Kyle Bagnall at 631-0830 or by email.

Exotic Plant Pulls

Help control invasive exotic plants at the Nature Center, such as garlic mustard, a very aggressive plant invading our woodland understory that can crowd out spring beauty, Dutchman’s breeches and trillium. Please contact Cathy Devendorf by email or by calling 989-631-0830 to be notified of the next date.

River Cleanup

Here’s your chance to help keep our local rivers clean. In past years, we’ve pulled out tractor tires, bottles and car parts. We use a combination of wading and canoeing. If you are interested in helping clean a section of the Pine or Chippewa River, Please contact Cathy Devendorf by email or by calling 989-631-0830 to be notified of the next date.