Volunteer Workdays

Please join us for one of these free events!  Drop-ins are welcome, but it’s best if you email or call Ben VanderWeide in advance (bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org, 248-651-7810 ext. 401). If you RSVP you will receive information about last minute changes or cancellations. You can also use the form at the bottom of the page to RSVP.

Seed Collecting and Processing

Many native plant seeds are only available for collecting for a few weeks in the fall, so we need as much help as possible during harvest! Seed collecting is a fun, relaxing way to learn new native plant species while experiencing unique natural areas. We use the seed to restore areas where we have removed invasive plants. All workdays are 12:30 – 3:30 pm.

  • Seed Collecting – October 6, 12, 19, & 26. Meet at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road, before heading to our site for the day.
  • Seed Cleaning, December 5: Meet at Watershed Ridge Park, 1720 W. Buell Rd.

Wet Prairie Invasive Shrub Control

We will remove invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and autumn olive at the Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie. This special natural area contains a rare prairie plant community. Expect work to be physically demanding. Meet at the Silver Bell Rd
parking lot along the Paint Creek Trail. All workdays are 9 am to 12 pm.

  • November 2, 11, 16, and 30

What to Bring

Please remember to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes suitable for uneven terrain.  Please dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them. We provide tools, light snacks, water, and know-how. All minors must have a waiver signed by a guardian, and minors under 14 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Use this form to RSVP or ask questions

 

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