Park of the Month: Lost Lake Nature Park! Join Us for Volunteer Workdays June 20, 23, and 30

With lakes, steep hills, and unique oak barrens plants, Lost Lake Nature Park has some of our highest quality natural areas. We conducted a prescribed burn Lost Lake this spring, so come check out the park to see how the fire affected the plant growth!

We’ll work to remove glossy buckthorn and other non-native invasive plants along the shore of Lost Lake. We’ll bring some knee boots and waders if you want to go after buckthorn in the wet areas along the shore!

  • Where: Lost Lake Nature Park. Meet in the parking lot by the sledding hill.
  • When: Saturday, June 20; Tuesday, June 23; and Tuesday, June 30. All workdays are 9 am to noon. In the event of inclement weather, the events will be cancelled.
  • Who: Anyone! This event is free, with no experience necessary. We’ll train you to do the work. You’ll get to work with our stewardship field crew so that you can learn how to manage invasive plants on your own land!
  • Why: Why not? We will be remove non-native invasive shrubs to help the native plants thrive. Come out to enjoy beautiful areas and hang out with great people!
  • What: Bring water and gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Knee boots or waders will be useful for working in wet areas. We’ll have extra gloves if you can’t bring your own.

We’ll provide water and light snacks. 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.

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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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