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​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 here: http://vhub.at/nap


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 and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and work gloves.  All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Please stay home if you're feeling ill.


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December


Stewardship Workday

Saturday, December 4, 2021

1-4 p.m.

Buttonbush Nature Area

This park is named for the glorious buttonbush swamp that has remained mostly intact since at least the 1940s. The buttonbush swamp, the forest—dominated by oaks and hickories—and the vernal pools provide habitat for all kinds of interesting species. Join us to cut and remove invasive shrubs from areas that might be difficult to reach in warmer months. Meet at the park entrance at the end of Hickory Point Dr. (map). Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is encouraged; please stay home if you are feeling ill. NAP continues to monitor recommendations from health officials, volunteers registered for events will be notified in advance of any changes to the workday. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and leather gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Register here. (http://tinyurl.com/Buttonbush120421)

 

Stewardship Workday

World Soil Day

Sunday, December 5, 2021

1-4 p.m.

Brokaw Nature Area

Soil is home to more than ¼ of our planet's biodiversity! Soil organisms are responsible for many critical ecosystem processes, on which humans depend: from supporting plant growth to storing carbon. Soil biodiversity is truly a nature-based solution to climate change. Join us to support healthy soils in our parks on #WorldSoilDay by removing invasive shrubs like buckthorn, which can have a long-lasting negative effect on soil health. #SoilBiodiversity Meet us in the parking lot off of West Huron River Dr., just southeast of Wagner Rd. (map). Pre-registration through VolunteerHub is encouraged; please stay home if you are feeling ill. NAP continues to monitor recommendations from health officials, volunteers registered for events will be notified in advance of any changes to the workday. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and leather gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Register here. (http://tinyurl.com/Brokaw120521)


Stewards' Circle

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Followed by happy hour nearby!)

Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room

Introducing a whole new Stewards Circle! For the last 10 years, the Huron Arbor Cluster of the Stewardship Network has been gathering monthly with a local expert to answer your questions; now it's time to flip the script! You are invited to join us at the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room to share your experiences and learn from your peers. This month's topic: winter restoration. “What types of restoration work have you done in the winter? What are you trying to accomplish before spring? What techniques have you found most useful and fun through the short, cold days?" After the discussion group, join us for a happy hour just up the street at HOMES Brewery to further connect with other land stewards!



For more information about what each of these events may require, please read more about volunteering with NAP here.​​

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3875 E. Huron River Dr.
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Dave Borneman
  Deputy Manager
Tina Stephens
  Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Becky Hand
  Stewardship Specialist
Michael Hahn
  Stewardship Specialist

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!​

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