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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please come out and join us for one of these free events!  There is no need to pre-register unless otherwise noted. If you have a large group (more than five people) that is interested in attending a volunteer stewardship event, please contact our Workday Coordinator at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Please remember to dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for uneven terrain and working off-trail.  We provide tools, light snacks, water, and know-how at our Stewardship Workdays. Minors must either be accompanied by a guardian, or bring a signed release form (pdf) to attend workdays. For park directions, meet-up locations, and bus information check out this helpful guide.


MARCH


Salamander Survey Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 11

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road
Noon to 2 p.m.
Did you know we have at least five species of salamanders in Ann Arbor? If you have a willingness to get muddy, you're invited to help monitor populations and the health of their habitats. Surveying is done three to six times in early spring at multiple sites, and each round is a few hours long. Please register by March 9. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

 

Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 11
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road
2:30 to 5 p.m.
Everyone is invited to join us to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! It's fun learning to identify the frogs of Michigan by ear and eye. No previous experience required. Family-friendly! Surveying is done three to six times from early spring through June, and each round lasts a few hours. Please register by March 9. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

 

Stewards' Circle – River and Stream Restoration
Tuesday, March 14
Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Avenue
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
A free, informal discussion with the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster. Open to anyone interested. This month's topic: River and Stream Restoration: A lot of our conservation focus is spent on terrestrial ecosystems and restoration, however, it is just as important to protect our rivers and streams. Join us for a discussion about rivers, fluvial ecosystems, and the best practices to protect them. For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org

 

Photo Monitoring Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 25
NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive
10 to 11 a.m.
Do you like photography and spending time outdoors? Photo monitoring may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We need volunteers to take beautiful photos at specific locations each season to record the progress of our restoration work. Come join us at this informational meeting for more details about this volunteer opportunity! Please register by March 19. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

 

Workday Leader Training
Saturday, March 25

NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive
Noon to 5:30 p.m.
For volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. We will focus on procedures, ecological considerations, tips and tricks to lead a successful event. An interest and background in ecology (and plant ID) is strongly desired, but not required. A strong commitment to preserving the environment, while fostering community and engaging the public is necessary. Participants should be dressed for classroom and possible field training. Minimum age of 18. Please register by March 19. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


APRIL

Stewards’ CircleOptimizing Your Volunteer Experience
Tuesday, April 11

Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Avenue
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

A free, informal discussion with the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster. Open to anyone interested. This month's topic- Optimizing Your Volunteer Experience! Your time is valuable and your dedication is admirable. Join us for a discussion on how to build a management plan to best utilize your generously donated time and energy, and how to optimize fulfillment as an environmental steward.

www.stewardshipnetwork.org


Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff & Training
Thursday, April 13, 7 to 8:30pm
Natural Area Preservation Office, 3875 East Huron River Drive
Learn how to survey for breeding birds in Ann Arbor's parks! Some experience in bird identification is necessary. Sign up for your favorite park, pick up survey materials, and learn about the 2016 survey results. Please register by April 10. For more information, or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627. you can also send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

Stewardship Workday
Saturday, April 15
Miller Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Spring is here, and what better way to get outdoors after a long winter than enjoying nature at Miller Nature Area! Miller's 22 acres include magnificent trees and miles of winding trails. We will be pulling invasive garlic mustard to make room for native spring wildflowers. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Meet us at the Arborview Boulevard entrance, just east of Wildwood Avenue. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Turtle Steward Kickoff & Training
Saturday, April 22
4 to 7 p.m.
Gallup Canoe Livery Meeting Room
At least 6 species of turtles live and nest in the city, maybe more! Help us protect nest sites, monitor populations, and look for turtles in habitats along the river and creeks! We'll cover species identification, nest monitoring, and how to report your turtle observations. This training will be indoors. Please register by April 13. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


Stewardship Workday – Earth Day!
Saturday, April 22
Marshall Nature Area
9 a.m. to noon
You and your friends and family can help us celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive plants that crowd out native wildflowers! This large nature area, which extends into a county park and University of Michigan property, is a valuable piece of wildlife habitat in the northeast part of the city. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Road, north of Plymouth Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday – Earth Day!
Saturday, April 22
Huron Parkway Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Huron Parkway is home to many types of wildlife – everything from birds to turtles can be found in this secluded nature area. This Earth Day, we will remove garlic mustard and other invasive herbs that would otherwise take over the park. Meet at the Park Steward's house—3470 Woodland Road, off East Huron River Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 23, noon to 4 p.m.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road
Join us for an afternoon of celebrating the Earth through entertainment, education, exploration, and fun! This free, family-friendly event features displays from local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more. For more information please visit http://www.lesliesnc.org/a2earthday

 

Stewardship Workday – Earth Day Weekend!
Sunday, April 23, 1 to 4 p.m.
Huron Hills Golf Course Woods
Help us celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive species from Huron Hills Golf Course Woods, in order to make room for native spring wildflowers! We will also be doing trail maintenance. Meet us on Hunting Valley Road off of Provincial Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. Free.

 

Nature Walk with Ann Arbor District Library
Thursday, April 27
Mary Beth Doyle Park
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mary Beth Doyle Park is an 81-acre park located east of the Malletts Creek branch of the AADL. It has both paved and unpaved trails that meander through woods and wetlands. A large pond near the center of the park is a wonderful area for wildlife viewing. Spring wildflowers here are spectacular! Staff from City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods. Meet us at the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street, or park at the Malletts Creek branch library and walk one-half mile east on the south side of Eisenhower and Packard. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired. The nature walks are a collaboration between the AADL and Natural Area Preservation that take place once a month April through September. Some of AADL's Science Tools will be available for use during the walk!

 

Stewardship Workday – Arbor Day Weekend
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon
Furstenberg Nature Area - Native Garden
Love gardening? At this stewardship workday, we will be planting and prepping Furstenberg's native garden space! Help provide habitat for local pollinators at Furstenberg this weekend. Meet us in the parking lot off of Fuller Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday– Arbor Day Weekend
Saturday, April 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Bird Hills Nature Area
Bird Hills is our largest nature area and is home to a wide array of plant and animal species, some of which make their homes in this nature area's many towering trees. However, some of these species are invasive and serve little benefit to the other species that call Bird Hills home. Join us at the Beechwood entrance off of Sunset Rd. We will be removing garlic mustard to make room for native wildflowers and other species. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday– Arbor Day Weekend
Sunday, April 30, 1 to 4 p.m.
Mary Beth Doyle Park
The woods in this park contain many uncommon species, including hazelnut, flowering dogwoods, and chinkapin oaks. Help us manage the nature area and improve wildlife habitat by removing garlic mustard. Along with the woods this park has many other features, including a disc golf course, playground and a storm water pond that attracts many birds. Meet us at the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. 


For more information about what each of these events may require, please read more about volunteering with NAP here.​​


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Contact Information
3875 E. Huron River Drive​
734.794.6627
David Borneman, Deputy Manager - Volunteerism and Natural Area Preservation​

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NAP welcomes groups! We can schedule them to work at one of our public stewardship workdays, or depending on the group’s size and needs, we may schedule a special event. If you are interested in setting up a volunteer workday at a city natural area, please fill out our group form to get started!