Natural Area Preservation Home » Departments » Parks and Recreation » Natural Area Preservation Page Content Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic within the community. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers.Volunteers assist NAP in all aspects of our work, and are vital to NAP's efforts. NAP projects take volunteers well beyond the realm of litter clean-up into working to restore and care for natural areas. Through hands-on tasks and scientific knowledge, we encourage a connection between volunteers and their surrounding natural environment. Volunteers play an key role in fostering an environmental ethic in the community. To learn more, check out the Natural Area Preservation Factsheet (pdf).Get InvolvedCheck out our events calendar for upcoming hikes, volunteer opportunities, and educational opportunities.Want to learn more about volunteering? You can call 734.794.6627, visit our volunteer page, or email us.Keep Up with NAPInterested in receiving our free quarterly newsletter with the latest calendar of events? Sign up using the newsletter link on the right! You can also view our current and past newsletters here.