Volunteer Opportunities

SWMLC volunteers provide immeasurable assistance to our conservation efforts, allowing us to broaden our resources.  There are many different ways to volunteer, depending on your areas of interest.  Volunteers are needed for stewardship, land protection, office, and outreach. Opportunities include: lopping brush, putting up signs, and pulling invasive plants; conducting species inventories; setting up and staffing information tables for events; helping with bulk mailings; and taking photographs on preserves and easements and at special events.

Volunteers also serve on committees such as Stewardship Team, Land Protection Team, and Outreach Team, or on our Board of Directors.

This is only a partial list of ongoing activities for volunteers.  Your support as a volunteer will have a lasting impact on the natural and scenic features that make our region so unique.  Please contact us if you would like more information, or complete our volunteer form and mail or fax it to SWMLC at 6851 S. Sprinkle Road, Portage, MI 49002.  Fax (269) 324-9760.

[Brian Dobbie working hard to fix erosion.  Photos and montage by Nate Fuller.]


Upcoming Workdays

Spring and summer workdays occur on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to Noon.

It's helpful for us to know you're coming so that we can provide enough refreshments and tools for everyone.  Please call our office (269-324-1600) by the Thursday before the workday to let us know you're coming, to join the carpool, or to get directions.  

You can email Mitch Lettow at lettow@SWMLC.org.


April 11 9 a.m. to Noon

Chipman Preserve, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County

Plant a Prairie

Anyone who has attempted to restore a prairie will tell you the most critical part of the process is site preparation prior to planting. 

Building on an entire year's worth of weed control and hand collecting of native genotype seed, we'll finally get to bring in the natives!

Come help us hand-broadcast prairie seed, plant natives from plugs, and prepare the soil to start this exciting chapter of growth and establishment in Chipman's ongoing story of restoration.

May 2

9 a.m. to Noon

Black River Preserve, South Haven, Van Buren County

Trail Touch-Up


June 13

9 a.m. to Noon

Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks, Berrien County

Forest Fiends


July 11

9 a.m. to Noon

Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven, Van Buren County

Make a Monarch Haven


Wednesday Workday Warriors

The Wednesday Workday Warriors will be starting their 13th season on April 8!
Contact us at ConserveLand@SWMLC.org if you'd like to be added to their email notification list.