Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of CNC! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups to share their time and talents throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities listed below or would like to discuss other options, please contact Cathy Devendorf, Director of Volunteers & Outreach at cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.

Special Events

Help with activities, the admission gate, set up or clean up. Shifts vary in length and are mostly on weekends or in the evenings.


There are frequent opportunities for outdoor volunteer jobs to help maintain CNC’s 1,200 acres, such as exotic invasive removal, trail work, gardening related tasks and other projects of varying lengths of time.

Special Projects

Do you have a skill such as sewing or clerical tasks that you want to share? You can participate once or be part of an ongoing project.

Homestead Farm & Schoolhouse

The historic 1870s Homestead is open May-Sept, and we rely on volunteers to welcome visitors, lead historic crafts and activities, work in the garden, teach lessons at the log one-room schoolhouse or demonstrate historic skills. An orientation is offered in early May with ongoing ‘on-the-job’ training. Reference materials are available to learn new skills. Volunteers must commit to working a minimum of 4-5 times during the season.

Counselors-in-Training (CITs)

Nature Day Camp offers a CIT volunteer opportunity for teens who have completed 9th grade and are interested in working with children outdoors. Online applications are accepted Jan-April each year. CITs are asked to make at least a two week commitment June-Aug. All training is provided.

Online Volunteer Application