Volunteer Opportunities


Upcoming Wednesday Warrior Workdays
Upcoming Saturday 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.]



Saturday Workday: Seed Collection at Sand Creek Preserve

Saturday, September 24 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Step into a land where the grass grows tall! Wildflowers and prairie grasses will be ready to harvest and we need volunteers to help collect seed that we will sow at other habitat restoration sites. It's a fun volunteer activity for families.

** Please check back for details**


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.


Wednesday, August 24, 8:30am

We will be joined by the Summer Crew Pros to subdue the various aliens that besmirch Hidden Marsh Preserve. JohnC will be leading the charge, so behave.

If you want to rsvp or ask any questions, send him an email johnrchenault at gmail.com 

Use your own judgement to decide if the weather is too surly to work that day.

WHERE: Hidden Marsh Preserve, Three Rivers, St. Joseph Co.

WHEN: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
WORKDAY ACTIVITY: We will lop, mow, spray, saw, and who knows what else. 

BRING: Bring work gloves and water. 

Make your own carpool arrangements and meet at Hidden Marsh Preserve at 8:30 am. 
From Kalamazoo, go south on US-131 to Heimbach Road (just north of Three Rivers). Turn left (east) and go 0.8 miles to Buckhorn Road (four-way stop). Turn right and go south 2.5 miles. Buckhorn becomes Portage Road, and you will see a big preserve sign on the left (east) side, near 1501 Portage Road.

Coming up: Wednesday, August 31, we will tackle shrubbery at Consumers Power Preserve. Let's hope the closed gentian is in bloom! More info to come.


Recap of last week's adventure . . .

Continuing the spirit of the Olympics, Mitch and Kristi sparkled in the relay, handing the baton off to Nate to lead the Warriors. It sounded like a sterling day of steadfastly pushing the Black River project closer to completion . . . 
— Kristi