Chippewa Nature Center

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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. If you are interested in volunteering as a Counselor-in-Training, please visit the Nature Day Camp page.

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.

2019 Homestead Sunday Volunteer Recruitment

We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2019 Homestead Sunday season, June 5-Aug 25 from 1-5 pm! Experience historic rural living skills first hand, connect visitors to the natural resources of Midland and inspire people to be stewards of the environment! Volunteer Orientation for new and returning Homestead volunteers will be Sun, April 28 from 1-3 pm. It will begin at the Timber Frame Barn and will include info on opportunities, skill stations and light refreshments. 

The Homestead offers a wide range of opportunities. Become an expert at one, or find a new talent each weekend. It’s up to you! No previous knowledge necessary, as training is provided. Examples of opportunities include:

  • Leading visitors in penmanship exercises on slate boards, teaching McGuffey Reader mini lessons, or even playing traditional recess games
  • Captivating visitors with your culinary talents while cooking on a woodstove in the log cabin
  • Guiding families through our field of crops, or stay put at the corn sheller station in the Wagon Shed
  • Tending to the Heirloom Garden, or encouraging interactive play in the Children’s Garden.
  • Sparking creativity with weekly crafts, programs, and books
  • Discussing the history of CNC land and buildings, while encouraging visitors to interact with cabin artifacts. Roll and cut out salt (play) dough biscuits, sweep with an old fashioned broom, grind herbs, or push up your sleeves and work the washboard
  • Highlighting your special skill- We’d love to work with you, whether you have knowledge of woodworking, fiber arts, or even natural dyes! We’ll work to interpret your skill in a hands-on, interactive, safe fashion for all.

Additional volunteer opportunities available at Fall Harvest Festival on Oct 5. Questions? Interested but unable to attend the orientation? Contact Cathy Fitzpatrick, Historical Interpreter, at cfitzpatrick@chippewanaturecenter.org.

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. To learn more, visit the Nature Day Camp page.

Online Volunteer Application