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​Pre-registration is now required for workdays, as space is limited. Links to to register are in each event listed below. Meeting location will be provided after registration. 

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 f​or the weather and wear shoes suitable for uneven terrain and working off-trail. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and leather work gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Please stay home if you're not feeling well.



​June



 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. to noon

Huron Hills Golf Course Woods

This natural area is a hidden gem framing the west side of Huron Hills Golf Course. Join us to hand pull invasive plants in the shade of oaks, maples, and sassafras. You might also catch a glimpse of a fox, coyote, or wild turkey who call this nature area home. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (http://tinyurl.com/HHGCWJun19)

 

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. to noon

Bluffs Nature Area

Are you looking for a chance to make an impact at a neighborhood park? Over the years, Bluffs Nature Area has accumulated a bounty of large, heavy pieces of trash like snow mobiles and jacks. We need your help to remove this large equipment from the park and keep our natural areas clean. If you're up for the challenge, join us to haul these objects out of the park. This will be NAP's most physically demanding workday of the year. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited.  Please wear extra heavy work pants, a thick shirt, close-toed shoes, and very sturdy leather gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian, but this would not be a good event to bring children. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here​. (http://tinyurl.com/BluffsJun27) **the time of this workday has been changed to 9 a.m.**



​July


Stewardship Workday

Sunday, July 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

Olson Park

If you were heading to this spot during the year NAP was formed (1993) you'd have said, “meet me at the gravel pit." Planning to stop by in 2013, it would have been, “meet me at the habitat of the largest population of indigo duskywings in Ann Arbor." These days you could say, “meet me at that ecological success story, Olson Park!" Meet us at Olson Park to pull invasive weeds and bolster this important habitat. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Olson071121)

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

Kuebler Langford Nature Area

Look around while you're working with us at Kuebler Langford Nature Area during the summer and you may be treated to a fly-by from a Scarlet Tanager, or a wink from a little toad, or a red-backed salamander. Or perhaps you'll find the elusive spicebush and enjoy its fragrance, or admire the delicate fronds of a maidenhair fern. At this NAP stewardship workday, we will be hand-pulling invasive plants—and helping interested volunteers spot some of the species we are supporting through stewardship. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Kueble071721)

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon

Furstenberg Nature Area

In 1992 and 1995, native seeds were planted in the prairies at Furstenberg Nature Area. Now, one can see well-established natives such as prairie dock, Indian grass, butterfly-weed, smooth false foxglove, stiff goldenrod, and round-headed bush clover. At this workday we will be pulling non-native invasive plants to support the health of the prairie, and if you join us, we're always eager to help interested volunteers locate and identify some of the flora and fauna thriving here because of volunteer efforts. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Furste072421A)

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 24, 1 to 4 p.m.​

Furstenberg Native Plant Garden

Did you know that there is a native plant garden at Furstenberg Nature Area? Separate from the prairies, woodland, and wetland areas, near the entrance to Furstenberg, is a lovely native planting, just buzzing and thrumming with activity from pollinators and other wildlife who depend on native plants for crucial habitat resources. This unique patch has at times served as a demonstration garden to give folks a working idea of what a native garden can look like—and how to care for it. Help us as we spend an afternoon tending to this living, breathing ecology-minded recruiting tool. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Furste072421B)

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 24, 1 to 4 p.m.

Ruthven Nature Area

Join us to become part of the legacy of NAP crew-members and volunteers who have worked hard to turn a little pocket of native plants well hidden behind a thick wall of shrubs into the lovely prairie that can be found there today. We'll be focusing on protecting this prairie by hand-pulling invasives during this workday. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Ruthve072421)

 

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, July 25, 1 to 4 p.m.

Bird Hills Nature Area

If you are willing to work to restore our natural areas, then you are already part of the NAP community! We'd love if you'd join us in-person at one of Ann Arbor's largest parks—which is also the site of the first NAP volunteer workday in 1993. Let's keep up the good work together, by pulling invasive plants like hedge parsley. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/BirdHi072521)

 

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. to noon

Bluffs Nature Area

Are you looking for a way to put your values into action this summer? Or do you want to step out of your comfort zone a little, and learn something new? Spend a morning with us pulling invasive weeds from the prairies at Bluffs Nature Area, and you can be confident that your effort will directly benefit area wildlife – and NAP workday leaders are always eager to help volunteers learn about and identify some of the countless species of animals and plants supported by our collective restoration work. Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is required as space is limited. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration. Register here. (https://tinyurl.com/Bluffs073121)




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!