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.]


Saturday Workdays Winter/Spring 2016

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.

February 27, 1-4 p.m.
Chipman Preserve, Comstock Township
Save a savanna: Invasive shrub management

March 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Chipman Preserve, Comstock Township
Spring cleanup: Sweeping, trimming, sprucing up new stewardship barn

April 30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven
Weed and seed: Spotted knapweed pulling and wildflower seeding

May 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bow in the Clouds Preserve, City of Kalamazoo
Weed warriors: Community garlic mustard pull

June 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Chipman Preserve, Comstock Township
Trail mix: Trail improvement and plant rescue

Save a Savanna: Saturday Workday at Chipman Preserve

Saturday, February 27, 1 - 4 pm

Chipman Preserve, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Cnty.

Winter is an excellent time to focus on managing invasive shrubs . . . hit 'em when they're down!

It probably goes without saying: dress warmly in layers that you can remove as your body heats up with activity. Warm dry feet are super important, so be sure to wear good socks and waterproof boots. It's good to have a pair of tough work gloves, but you may want to consider sliding another pair of cuddly gloves inside for extra warmth. And it's nice to have a thermos of something warm to drink during breaks.

Chipman Preserve is in the 8000 block of East Main Street, 3 miles east of Sprinkle Rd. between 30th and 33rd Streets in Comstock Township (Galesburg).

Wednesday Workday Warriors

The Wednesday Workday Warriors are in their 13th season! Please join us for hard work, camraderie, and the satisfaction of knowing that you're making a difference for the environment.
Check our home page for current outdoor stewardship volunteer opportunities with the Wednesday Workday Warriors and contact us at ConserveLand@SWMLC.org if you'd like to be added to the email notification list.