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.]



Seed Collection at Sand Creek Prairie Preserve 

Saturday, September 24.
1 pm - 4 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The previously published time for this event (9 am - 12 pm) was in error. 
The workday will instead run from 1 pm - 4 pm. 
Our apologies for the error! 

Sand Creek Prairie Preserve, Alamo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

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.

RSVPs are always nice. Please let us know if you plan to come by either calling or emailing at 269-324-1600 x305 or lettow@swmlc.org . Thanks!


Sand Creek Prairie Preserve is west of Kalamazoo and just a few miles north of M-43. The preserve donors have volunteered the use of their driveway for parking at 6450 North 2nd Avenue. Travel west on M-43/West Main St. from Kalamazoo, turn right (north) onto North 2nd Street. There's a slight jog at G Ave., but just keep going north on 2nd St. The driveway will be on the right; look for the workday sign. If you come to EF Ave. on the left, you've gone too far.


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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, September 28
We will make another pilgrimage to Pilgrim Haven Natural Area to play in the sand and finish the job of transplanting. Since it's a bit of a drive, plan to stay for lunch somewhere in South Haven.

WHERE: Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven Twp., Van Buren Co.

WHEN: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

BRING: work gloves, water, lunch money and any transplanting-type tools (small spades, etc). 

Carpool leaves the Meijer on West Main at 8:15 am. RSVPs are more than helpful! 
If you RSVP, we will wait for you: call the office at 269-324-1600 or email conserveland@swmlc.org.
Meet in the SW corner of the Meijer parking lot at the corner of West Main St. and 9th St. on Kalamazoo's west side (6660 W Main St.).

To Pilgrim Haven Natural Area
The preserve is just north of VanBuren State Park. West on M-43. At Jericho Corners, turn left (west) on CR380. (look for a brown sign for Van Buren State Park, and a green airport sign.) Go north on Blue Star Highway a short distance. Turn left onto 77th St. Left onto 18th Ave. Locked gate to preserve on right.

Recap of last week's adventure . . .

Our ranks swelled to ELEVEN Warriors as the Kalamazoo crowd was welcomed by two local couples at Pilgrim Haven. The main attraction was the vicissitudes of weather as Mother Nature toyed with us, first filling the skies with ominous clouds, then dropping a few raindrops on us, and then clearing up nicely. All in one morning. The photos reflect only the first part of the day as we vacillated between working and bailing out. 

We made the right decision to work (no photos, trust me, we worked), clearing a new patch for the butterfly garden. We were then treated to a delicious lunch at Sally and John's, who graciously allowed us scruffians into their lovely home overlooking the river. Conversation flowed, and we rolled home in a mellow mood. 

— Kristi