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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.

FEBRUARY


Stewardship Workday- World Wetland Day
Saturday, February 3
1 to 3 p.m.
Gallup Park
Take advantage of this winter opportunity to explore and improve one of Ann Arbor's special wetlands, usually inaccessible in warm months. Rare native wetland plants along the river here are threatened by invasive exotic shrubs. Help NAP protect the natural diversity in this park by using hand tools to remove invasive species. From Gallup's main entrance, drive across the wooden bridge, meet in the first lot after the bridge. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Stewardship Workday
Sunday, February 11
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area
1 to 3 p.m.
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several speices of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Stewards' Circle: Controlled Burns
Tuesday, February 13
Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 am
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.
This month's topic: Controlled Burns
Fire can be used to control invasive species and allow native plants to regain their competitive edge. Join us to discuss the challenges of controlled burns as well as tips for using fire as a restoration tool.


Stewardship Workday - Presidents' Day
Monday, February 19
Foxfire West Park
1 to 3 p.m.
This little park is nestled in a neighborhood in the northern reaches of Ann Arbor. Despite being small it is very diverse, with woodlands, wetlands, and a sedge meadow. Help us remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn to improve the habitat for the many species that call this area home. Meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Drive, between Hickory Point Drive and Timbercrest Court. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Public Meeting:
  Controlled Burn Program
Wednesday, February 21
Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor's natural areas. This meeting will be a discussion about our Controlled Ecological Burn Program. Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool.
All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

Volunteer Burn Crew Training
Thursday, February 22
DTE Energy House, Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Rd
Noon to 5 p.m.
Become a part of NAP's Volunteer Burn Crew! This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP's controlled burns. Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration is required by February 20, as enrollment is limited. Call 734.794.6627 or email NAP@a2gov.org to register or for more information. Some portion of training may be outdoors.

MARCH

Salamander Survey Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 3
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave
Noon- 2 p.m.
Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor's parks– we have at least 5 species here! Volunteers will be trained to identify salamanders and select parks to survey. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring, and take day surveys in spring and summer. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 3
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! Volunteers will be trained to identify frogs by ear and eye and will select a route to survey. No previous experience required! Surveying is done on night trips, at least once per month, March through June. Most routes require driving. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627 or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

Stewards' Circle
Tuesday, March 13
Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 am
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.


Photo Monitoring Kick-off & Training
Saturday, March 24
NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive
10-11 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 in parks throughout the year 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 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


Workday Leader Training
Saturday, March 24
NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive
Noon – 5 p.m.
This is for volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. We will focus on procedures, ecological consideration, and 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 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

APRIL

Stewards' Circle
Tuesday, April 10
Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 am
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.
This month's topic: Simplifying field work
Washtenaw County staff have found a new way to monitor and assess a wetland restoration project at Trinkle Marsh Preserve. Collector is a surprisingly easy program that gives staff a lot of information to use in, and understand, the greater landscape. Join us to discuss how this technology can be useful in your restoration project.


Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff & Training
Thursday, April 12, 7 to 9 pm
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 2017 survey results. Please register by April 9. For more information, or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


Stewardship Workday
Saturday, April 14

The Ponds Park
1 to 4 p.m.
Spring is here! Get outdoors and volunteer! Last year volunteers helped us build a new trail in this park. Now we need help removing invasive species such as garlic mustard to improve the habitat for wildlife. Meet at the park entrance at the corner of Emerald Avenue and Candlewick Drive. 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, April 21
Cedar Bend Nature Area
9 a.m. to noon
Cedar Bend is Ann Arbor's oldest park, planned in the early 1900s as a place to escape to nature. Many native wildflowers such as may-apple and jack-in-the-pulpit are facing competition from non-native species such as garlic mustard and dame's rocket. Help NAP remove invasives and restore this historic natural area. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island Drive. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Turtle Steward Kickoff & Training

Saturday, April 21
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave
10 a.m. to noon
At least 6 species of turtles live and nest in the city, maybe more! Help us maintain and protect nest sites, monitor populations, and look for turtles in habitats along the river and creeks! We'll cover species identification, nest maintenance and monitoring, and how to report your turtle observations. This training will be indoors. Please register by April 19. For more information or to register call NAP 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.


Stewardship Workday- Earth Day
Sunday, April 22
Maryfield Wildwood Park
9 a.m. to noon
Maryfield Wildwood is a neighborhood park featuring a wooded ravine. In the spring the redbud trees bloom with bright pink blossoms. Celebrate Earth Day with NAP by pulling invasive species, allowing more native plants to grow. Join us at the intersection of Linwood and Wilton Streets. 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- Earth Day
Sunday, April 22
Miller Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Get outside and protect biodiversity on Earth Day! Despite this park's history of logging, farming, and gravel mining, progress has been made to restore its natural beauty. Join NAP to continue the restoration process by pulling invasive dame's rocket and garlic mustard. Meet at the park entrance on Arborview Boulevard, just east of Wildwood Avenue. 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.


Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 22
Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road
Noon to 4 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the Earth! This free, family-friendly event features displays from local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. For more information please visit www.lesliesnc.org/a2earthday.


Nature Walk with AADL
Thursday, April 26
Mary Beth Doyle Park
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mary Beth Doyle Park is an 81-acre park with both paved and unpaved trails. NAP staff will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods and around the pond. 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
Saturday, April 28
Mary Beth Doyle Park
9 a.m. to noon
The wetland at Mary Beth Doyle Park is a great place to watch for migratory birds. The woodland is filled with spring wildflowers such as trillium and trout lilies. On Arbor Day, join NAP to plant shrubs along Mallets Creek and increase the native habitat in this beautiful park. Meet at the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street. 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- Arbor Day
Saturday, April 28
Molin Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Park stewards have been hard at work in this 7-acre neighborhood park. They need your help to remove spring invasives to allow the native plants to thrive. Celebrate Arbor Day with us by restoring native habitat. Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell Avenue and Columbia Avenue. 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
Sunday, April 29
Marshall Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Marshall Nature Area is part of a large undeveloped corridor in northeast Ann Arbor. The gently sloping hillsides are rich with wildflowers. This beautiful area is threatened by non-native species such as garlic mustard. Help us preserve biodiversity by pulling invasive plants. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Road, north of Plymouth Road. 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!