Volunteer Opportunities


WE NEED YOU!

Upcoming Saturday Workdays

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.]


 

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 Mitch at the office at 269-324-1600 x305 or email him at lettow@swmlc.org.

 

Saturday Workday at Chipman Preserve
Wholesome, hearty outdoor work!

WHEN:
Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

WHERE:
Chipman Preserve, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

DIRECTIONS:
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).

DETAILS:
Trail improvement never ends at popular preserves like Chipman  . . . come to think of it, the weeds never cut us a break, either. Come lend us a hand in keeping the trails solid and rescuing native plants. It's a nice way to enjoy the outdoors!

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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; please email Mitch at lettow@swmlc.org or leave him a message at the office at 269-324-1600 x305.

Wednesday, June 1

We will work our magic at Hultmark Preserve, the first preserve acquired by the Conservancy back when we were all just pups. Come and help us hound the ever-diminishing garlic mustard, and doggedly push back the autumn olive. We will be sure to leave time to stroll the back woods of cathedral-like beeches and soothing hemlocks. You owe it to yourself to steep your soul in this sylvan beauty! RSVPs are always appreciated.

WHERE: Hultmark Preserve, Columbia Twp., Van Buren Co.

WHEN: 9 am - 12:00 pm

ACTIVITY: Invasive plant species control.

BRING: Bring gloves, water, and your favorite loppers.


DIRECTIONS: 
To carpool: Meet at the southwest corner of the parking lot at the Meijer on West Main St./M-43 (6660 W Main St., Kalamazoo) at 8:30 am.

Hultmark Preserve: From Kalamazoo, go west on M-43 to Glendale, then north on CR665 (42nd St.) to Bloomingdale. Turn left (west) onto CR 388 (10th Ave.) to T intersection. Turn left onto CR384 (12th Ave.) Follow it around to Hultmark on the right, just 0.1 miles past 49th St. Turn in at the driveway with the gate marked “The Schrank Family”, then turn left at the first clearing. Meet at 9:00 am.