Volunteer Opportunities


Upcoming Wednesday Warrior Workdays


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.]


Wednesday Workday Warriors

Lucky Season 13!
Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It's a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit. RSVPs are always nice; just call the office at 269-324-1600 or email conserveland@swmlc.org.


See the Wednesday Warriors' feature article on page 21 of the July issue of Southwest Michigan Spark magazine. Read all about it! 

Wednesday, July 20

The Warrior "pack" will slink into the newly named "Wolf Tree Nature Trails" (formerly KL Avenue Nature Preserve)! The grand opening of this preserve has caused us to look back and celebrate all the work that has been done by volunteers out there, and how far the preserve has come. What better reason to head back out to the preserve and continue this good work by improving habitat and opening up new views throughout the woodland and savanna areas? We'll lop and chop to our hearts' content, then take a lovely walk and admire all our past work here. Maybe Mitch will point out a wolf tree! 

WHERE: Wolf Tree Nature Trails, Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo Co. 

WHEN: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Meet in the preserve parking lot.

ACTIVITY: Brush removal/habitat improvement

BRING: Work gloves and water. 

DIRECTIONS: Wolf Tree Nature Trails is located on KL Avenue in Oshtemo Township, just east of the intersection with 4th Street on the south side of the road.

Last week's adventure:

"Last week, nine Warriors entered the shady groves of KEKA and proceeded to cut down all the shade. Huh? You really can have too much of a good thing, and the driveway, parking area, and trail were getting mighty overgrown. Then, in what corporate types call 'mission creep,' we turned our tidy trimming into an all-out assault on the encroaching autumn olive patch. We just couldn't walk past it! Mitch finally pulled us off to stroll the lovely oak woods in the back section, to admire the magic of fire in enriching the understory. A snack of wild blueberries, and we were on our way. Good job everyone!"

-- Kristi