Volunteer Workday at Bear Creek Nature Park this Saturday, 9 am – noon!

Come to Bear Creek Nature Park this weekend to help with natural areas stewardship! This popular park has many unique habitats, but these areas need our help to keep invasive plant species out and native species in. After a brief tour of our native plant beds to learn a few plants, we’ll be tending to the native plant beds, preparing an area for native plant installation, and removing non-native, invasive shrubs (think buckthorn).

  • Where: Bear Creek Nature Park. Meet in the parking lot at the south end of the park off Snell Road. Remember that the bridge on Orion Road between Snell Rd and Collins Rd is closed.
  • When: Saturday, July 12 from 9 am – noon. In the event of thunderstorms, the event will be cancelled.
  • Who: Anyone! This event is free, with no experience necessary. We’ll train you to do the work. Most tasks are relaxing and do not require an Olympic athlete.
  • Why: Why not? We will be remove non-native invasive shrubs and preparing an area for planting native plants. Come out on Saturday to enjoy beautiful areas and hang out with great people! And food after we finish working!
  • What: Bring water and gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. We’ll have extra water and a few gloves if you can’t bring your own.

Around noon we’ll get out the grill and share some food! We’ll bring some basic food (hot dogs/veggie burgers, buns, condiments, chips), so you can just enjoy what we bring if you’d like, or bring food to share. We will have lots of fun, so plan to come and share this opportunity with others! The schedule of upcoming workdays can be found at the Volunteer Calendar.

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About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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