Volunteer Stewardship Calendar

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​​​​​​​​ 3875 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


734.794.6627

Remy Long,
Deputy Manager

Tina Stephens,
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Becky Hand,
Stewardship Specialist

Rachel Maranto,
NAP Supervisor

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!​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please come out a​​nd join us for one of these free events!  

How do​ I sign up to volunteer?

​Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is encouraged for workdays, so we can be as prepared as possible. Links to to register are in each event listed below, or go directly to our VolunteerHub page

What if I h​​ave a large group?

​If you have a large group (more than five people) interested in attending a volunteer workday, please contact our Work​day Coordinator at least two weeks in advance of the event. 

We work outside rain or shine, so please be prepared:

  • Wear LONG SLEEVES, LONG PANTS, TALL SOCKS, and closed-toe SHOES OR BOOTS.
  • Dress for the weather – layers recommended.
  • Bring a water bottle.

Nature happens, so please be awa​re of hazards:

  • Natural areas may have thorns, poison ivy, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Work locations may be in full sun or have minimal shade.
  • Conditions in the park may be snowy or muddy.
  • Terrain may be hilly or steep.





March 2024​

Nature Walk & Follow-up: Diversity in the Outdoors Speaker Series
Sunday, March 3
1-2 p.m.
Gallup Park (boat launch)

Join Ann Arbor District Library and NAP staff for an informative nature walk through Gallup Park, in conjunction with the Diversity in the Outdoors lecture series. Meet at the Gallup boat dock parking lot, at the southeast corner of Huron Parkway and Geddes Rd.



Salamander Survey Kickoff & Training
Saturday, March 9
Noon-2 p.m.
Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor’s parks – there are 5 species here! Volunteers will select parks to survey and learn how to identify these rarely-seen silent amphibians. We'll try to find them on their annual breeding migration on spring nights, and later we'll look for them under logs in the woods. This training is indoors, no special materials or gear needed. Preregister through VolunteerHub​.


Frog & Toad Survey Kickoff & Training
Saturday, March 9
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! No experience required! You will learn to identify frogs mainly by ear, optionally by eye. There are about 8 local species, each with very distinct calls which we will help you learn. This training is indoors, no special materials or gear needed. Preregister through VolunteerHub.


Stewardship Workday
Huron Hills Golf Course Woods
Sunday, March 10
1-4 p.m.
Framing the western and southern edges of the Huron Hills Golf Course, these woods are home to a diverse group of spring wildflowers such as trillium, May-apple, wild geranium, jewelweed, skunk cabbage, and Dutchman’s breeches. Your involvement is vital to NAP’s conservation efforts in Ann Arbor’s natural areas—join other volunteers to pull invasive species in this out-of-the-way spot.
 
Meet on Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr. Volunteers will use hand tools to cut small-to-medium shrubs. Workday sites have unpaved trails and require going off-trail. Preregister through VolunteerHub so NAP can plan on enough staff and supplies for a safe and successful event. For your safety, wear long pants, tall socks, and closed-toe shoes. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. More information: How to prepare for a NAP workday (PDF).
 

Stewardship Workday for UN International Day of Forests
Hansen Nature Area
Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. – noon
Do your part to protect our watershed and natural habitats by celebrating the UN's International Day of Forests with NAP. The United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs reports, “it is estimated that 75% of the world's accessible freshwater comes from forested watersheds and 80% of all land-based species depend on forests for their habitat. When forests are healthy, they can act as protective buffers against the impacts of storms and other natural hazards."
 
Meet in the Grace Bible Church additional parking lot at 1300 South Maple Rd, 1/3 mile south of West Liberty. Volunteers will use hand tools to cut small-to-medium shrubs. Workday sites have unpaved trails and require going off-trail. Preregister through VolunteerHub so NAP can plan on enough staff and supplies for a safe and successful event. For your safety, wear long pants, tall socks, and closed-toe shoes. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. More information: How to prepare for a NAP workday (PDF).
 

Stewardship Workday for UN International Day of Forests
Bluffs Nature Area
Sunday, March 17
1-4 p.m.
From The United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs: “Forests make our lives better in countless ways. They sustain us – from clean air and water, to food and fuel, to medicines and income. Being near trees helps boost our immune systems, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve mood. When forests are healthy and well-managed they safeguard the health of our planet, by mitigating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and building resilience to natural disasters." In honor of the UN's International Day of Forests, help NAP manage Ann Arbor's forests to keep them healthy for generations to come. 
 
Meet at the park entrance on Orkney Dr. Volunteers will use hand tools to cut small-to-medium shrubs. Workday sites have unpaved trails and require going off-trail. Preregister through VolunteerHub so NAP can plan on enough staff and supplies for a safe and successful event. For your safety, wear long pants, tall socks, and closed-toe shoes. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. More information: How to prepare for a NAP workday (PDF).​


Diversity in the Outdoors Speaker Series
Sunday, March 17
3-5 p.m.
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Accessible by bus line 24
Detroiter Zwena Gray will be at Cobblestone Farm for a talk on 'Black on the Bruce', her experience hiking the Bruce Trail as a Black woman. After the talk, join Zwena and NAP across Packard for a Queer Ecology Hike at Mary Beth Doyle Park. Preregister through VolunteerHub. Meet at the barn at Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard St, Ann Arbor. Dress for the weather and a hike in the woods. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian.


Fourth Friday Stewardship Workday for UN World Water Day
Bandemer Nature Area
Friday, March 22
1-4 p.m.
You can make a difference for the global water cycle on World Water Day! Wetlands do so much, like controlling sediment, pollution, and erosion. They are also nature’s own flood mitigation program. The wet meadow at Bandemer contributes to the health of the Huron River and its watershed, which everyone in Ann Arbor depends on. Our watershed a small but mighty part of the global water cycle, help NAP protect it.
 
Meet at the parking lot at the end of Lake Shore Drive, off Main Street. Volunteers will use hand tools to cut small-to-medium shrubs. Workday sites have unpaved trails and require going off-trail. Preregister through VolunteerHub so NAP can plan on enough staff and supplies for a safe and successful event. For your safety, wear long pants, tall socks, and closed-toe shoes. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. More information: How to prepare for a NAP workday (PDF).

 
Stewardship Workday for UN World Water Day
Furstenberg Nature Area
Saturday, March 23
1-4 p.m.
Furstenberg Nature Area stretches along the Huron River, and the natural communities in the park play essential roles in the health of the river – and in turn, the Huron River watershed. Freshwater ecosystems are facing devastation globally, and communities that depend on fresh water (that’s everyone!) are in danger of losing this precious resource. World Water Day calls on us to protect the global water cycle and you can help by joining NAP at Furstenberg.
 
Meet at the parking lot off Fuller Rd. Volunteers will use hand tools to cut small-to-medium shrubs. Workday sites have unpaved trails and require going off-trail. Preregister through VolunteerHub so NAP can plan on enough staff and supplies for a safe and successful event. For your safety, wear long pants, tall socks, and closed-toe shoes. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. More information: How to prepare for a NAP workday (PDF).

 
Nest Box Monitor Training
Saturday, March 30
10 a.m.-noon 
Location TBD
This new Community Science program monitors bird nest boxes in Ann Arbor's parks. Volunteers keep track of which species are nesting in park boxes and check on the health of the nest and nestlings. Nest box monitors also help keep invasive House Sparrows from breeding in the parks by removing House Sparrow nests and possibly their eggs. Training is provided on nest identification, cavity nesting birds like Bluebirds, how NAP monitors nest boxes, and how to remove House Sparrow nests if necessary. Preregister through VolunteerHub.

Monitoring nest box sites requires walking on unpaved trails, going off trail, and some sites only offer street parking. For more information contact [email protected].