Volunteer Workday this Saturday morning at Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie!

Come to the Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie this Saturday morning to help remove invasive shrubs and collect prairie seed! This natural area along the Paint Creek Trail has a rich variety of plant species in a unique prairie area. We will stroll through the prairie to learn a little bit about its history and the plants growing in it. We will then be cutting invasive woody shrubs from nearby areas to keep them from crowding out the sun-loving prairie plants. We may also collect some seeds if they are ready for harvesting!

  • Where: Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie. Meet in front of the Wet Prairie sign just north of Silverbell Rd along the Paint Creek Trail. You can park in the parking lot at Silverbell Rd. If the parking lot full, you can park at the Gallagher Rd lot or the Paint Creek Cider Mill and walk south 5 minutes on the trail to the prairie area.
  • When: Saturday, September 6 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.

We will have light snacks and water available. You will need to sign a release form before we begin working. Families are encouraged to attend! All minors will need permission from a parent or guardian to participate, and minors under 14 will need to have a parent or guardian present. 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.

Mark and Debbie, volunteers at our July workday at the Wet Prairie
Mark and Debbie, volunteers at our July workday at the Wet Prairie

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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