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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.

​​April

NOTE: The Breeding Bird Survey Kick-off and Training has been moved to occur on Tuesday, May 12th. ​All other April events have been cancelled. 

CANCELLEDStewardship Workday

Saturday, April 4

Oakwoods Nature Area

1 to 4 p.m.  


CANCELLEDStewardship Workday

Sunday, April 5

Evergreen Park

1 to 4 p.m.


CANCELLED: Stewardship Workday

Saturday, April 11

Berkshire Creek Nature Area

9 a.m. to noon​


MOVED TO TUESDAY, MAY 12: Breeding Bird Survey Kick-off & Training

Details in May events section


CANCELLED: Stewardship Workday

Saturday, April 18

Folkstone Park

1 to 4 p.m.


CANCELLED:  Stewardship Workday – Earth Day

Sunday, April 19

Marshall Nature Area Preserve

9 a.m. to noon

 

CANCELLEDStewardship Workday

Saturday, April 25

Sunset Brooks Nature Area

9 a.m. to noon​


CANCELLEDStewardship Workday

Saturday, April 25

Bird Hills Nature Area

1 to 4 p.m.


CANCELLED: Turtle Steward Kick-off & Training

Saturday, April 25

Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., optional outdoor event 3:30-4:30


CANCELLED: Stewardship Workday – Arbor Day

Sunday, April 26

Leslie Woods Nature Area

9 a.m. to noon​

May 

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, May 3

Molin Nature Area

1 to 4 p.m.

This long, narrow neighborhood haven has no shortage of nature to take in. Help us pull garlic mustard within the area and see why we have such dedicated park stewards here! Meet at the end of Powell Road on Columbia (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, May 9

Lakewood Nature Area

9 a.m. to noon

Wildflower populations thrive Lakewood Nature Area, due in part to NAP's controlled burn program! Join us as we pull invasive garlic mustard to make room for even more beautiful wildflowers. Meet us at the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake Avenue (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday-World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 9

Dolph Nature Area

1 to 4 p.m.

Come visit the beautiful home over 140 bird species that live in the park you help us to remove invasive garlic mustard. Meet at the parking lot off of Wagner Road (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.​

Stewardship Workday – Mothers' Day

Sunday, May 10

White Oak Park

1 to 4 p.m.

Join us as we pull invasives with our dedicated park stewards in this cozy woodland. Meet us at the park entrance on White Oak Drive (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Breeding Bird Survey Kick-off & Training​'

Tuesday, May 12th

Natural Area Preservation Office, 3875 East Huron River Drive

7 to 9 p.m.

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 2019 survey results. Please register by April 10. For more information, or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


22nd Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day

Saturday, May 16

9 a.m. to noon

Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day is an annual tradition! On one day, volunteers hand-pull invasive garlic mustard in natural areas all around Ann Arbor! Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive plant that can quickly crowd out native plant species and decrease biodiversity in the woods. Identifying and pulling garlic mustard is fun and easy for all ages, making this a great volunteer opportunity for families. 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.

Participating Parks:

  • Argo Nature Area: Meet us at the park entrance at the corner of Amherst Avenue and Longshore Drive.​
  • Black Pond Woods: Meet us at the entrance off Tibbits Court, off of Pontiac Trail (map).
  • Cedar Bend Nature Area: Meet us at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island Drive (map).​
  • Huron Hills Golf Course Woods: Meet us on Hunting Valley Road off Provincial Drive (map).
  • Hannah Nature Area: Meet at the west end of Bath Street, off 7th Street, just north of West Huron Street (map).​
  • Huron Parkway Nature Area: Meet at the Park Steward's house- 3470 Woodland Road, off East Huron River Drive (map).


 

Butterfly Survey Kickoff & Training

Saturday, May 16

NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor is home to 80 species of butterflies! Come learn our survey protocol and help us search our prairies and woodlands for these important pollinators throughout the summer. No experience in butterfly identification is necessary, though it is helpful. Space is extremely limited, so please register by May 14 to NAP@a2gov.org, or call us at 734.794.6627.

 

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, May 17

Fuller Park

9 a.m. to noon

Celebrate Huron River Day by restoring native habitat near the river. This floodplain forest contains many water-loving species. Help us pull the non-native plants that threaten the area such as garlic mustard. The native wildlife will thank you! Meet at the Island Park parking lot at the end of Island Drive (map). All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

Stewardship Workday – World Biodiversity Day

Saturday, May 23

Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area

9 a.m. to noon

Join us in this beautiful park to celebrate World Biodiversity Day! There is plenty of wildlife to appreciate in this expansive nature area, as well as plenty of non-native plants to remove. Help us make this much-loved park a better habitat in which native species can continue to thrive by pulling garlic mustard. Meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine Street (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

 

​Bird Walk

Friday, May 29

Gallup Park

6 to 8 p.m.

Take an evening walk in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area with NAP Ornithologist, Juliet Berger. We'll look for the Baltimore Orioles that nest there, and see many other birds along the river as well. Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary. Meet at the Gallup Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Road (map).

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, May 30

Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

1 to 4 p.m.

Join us in pulling invasive garlic mustard from this beloved park. You'll be treated to views of the many wildflowers and songs from the numerous birds that reside there. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Drive/Chelsea Circle (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors 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!