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Volunteer Stewardship Calendar

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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.

​NOVEMBER

Stewardship Workday
Sunday, November 4
Braun Nature Area
9 a.m. to noon   
Malletts Creek runs through Braun Nature Area and wetland plants thrive along its banks. However, exotic shrubs such as honeysuckle are threatening the biodiversity here. Join us to remove these invasive species, allowing the native plants to flourish. Meet at the park entrance on Chalmers 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.

Stewardship Workday
Sunday, November 4
Huron Parkway Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Huron Parkway Nature Area contains a pond and wetlands encircled by woodlands and meadow. These diverse communities are home to everything from fox to owls. We need your help maintaining the quality of this habitat by removing invasive shrubs. We'll also be collecting native seeds. You might even catch a glimpse of a white feathered wild turkey.  Meet at the Park Steward's house- 3470 Woodland Road, off East Huron River 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, November 10
Cedar Bend Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Autumn is a magical season of migration in the riverside nature area of Cedar Bend.  Plentiful oak, hickory, and cherry trees provide habitat for these birds and other wildlife. Enjoy spotting birds while cutting down the invasive plants menacing this habitat. We'll also collect native seeds to help disperse these important plants. Meet us at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island 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
Sunday, November 11
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area is not only 88 acres of diverse plant communities, it is also the location of many school field trips. Help our kids continue to enjoy the natural native wonders of this area by removing invasive shrubbery. Meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine 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.

Stewards' Circle
Tuesday, November 13
Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
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: Prioritzing Conservation Work
With so much to do, how do you prioritize which areas will receive resources for conservation work? What are some tools that can be used to make these decisions? Join us to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using certain criteria to determine priorities.

Stewardship Workday- Family Volunteer Day
Sunday, November 18
Barton Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to show gratitude for our beautiful natural areas than by helping to improve the biodiversity of Barton Nature Area, an essential part of Ann Arbor's riverside greenway. Family Volunteer Day celebrates families that work together to improve their communities. Bring your family and join the NAP family in removing invasive shrubs and collecting native seeds. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River 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.

DECEMBER

Stewardship Workday
Saturday, December 8
Oakwoods Nature Area
9 a.m. to noon
Aristotle said in all things nature, there is something marvelous. Take the opportunity to admire the starker beauty of winter while fostering native habitat by removing non-native plants. Meet us at the park entrance off Dunwoodie. 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
Saturday, December 8
Bluffs Nature Area
1 to 4 p.m.
Bluffs Nature Area is around 40 acres of beautiful Michigan habitat. Under NAP's care, prairies and oak seedlings are establishing here after many years of disturbance. Take part in our effort to restore this area by removing invasive shrubs such as honeysuckle. Meet us at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street. 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
Tuesday, December 11
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: Controlling invasive shrubs
During the fall and winter our work often turns to non-native shrubs. What can be done to keep these aggressive invaders out? Join us to discuss the dynamics of controlling invasive shrubs and restoring with natives.

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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!