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.

[Photo montage of Brian Dobbie working hard to fix erosion by Nate Fuller.]


Upcoming Workdays

All workdays occur on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to Noon except where indicated.
We need 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.  Or email us at ConserveLand@SWMLC.org.


April 22

Earth Day at KL Avenue Nature Preserve, Oshtemo Township

We are taking part in the Stewardship Network's Garlic Mustard Challenge.  We will start at 9 a.m. and stop at 3 p.m.  You are welcome to work all or any part of the day.
Bring gloves, water, and elbow grease, and wear long sleeves and long pants.  If staying all day, bring lunch.  We will provide refreshments, snacks, garbage bags, and extra gloves for those without.
Please email Mitch at lettow@swmlc.org to let him know you're coming and to arrange for parking.

April 26

Kesling Nature Preserve, Berrien County

Warblers and Weeds

One of the great challenges of spring can be deciding where to focus your attention — up at the birds or down at the flowers! You will be particularly challenged if you join us at Kesling Nature Preserve, where state-threatened yellow-throated warblers will be setting up territories in the tops of the sycamores while we pull up the garlic mustard amongst the state-threatened prairie trillium. Over 30 species of spring wildflowers are found on the preserve and, on a good morning, birders will tally over 50 different kinds of birds.


Mark your calendars for these upcoming workdays:

May 10, KL Avenue Nature Preserve, Kalamazoo Co.

Garlic mustard eradication


June 7, Chipman Preserve, Kalamazoo Co.

Plant a prairie


Wednesday Workday Warriors

The Wednesday Workday Warriors will begin their 12th season on April 9!
See the home page of our website for details.
Contact us if you'd like to be added to their email notification list.