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 & Cleaning

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. Meet at the Paint Creek Cider Mill before heading to our site for the day. October 9, 18, 25 & November 1.
  • Seed Cleaning. Meet at Watershed Ridge Park, 1720 W. Buell Rd. December 6.

Land Stewardship Workdays

We will remove invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and autumn olive at Bear Creek Nature Park and the Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie. These special natural areas provide habitat for wildlife and a haven for native plants. Removing invasive shrubs this fall will set the stage for more beauty next year! All tools and training will be provided. All workdays are 9 am to 12 pm.

  • October 19 – Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd.
  • November 10 and 15 – Paint Creek Heritage Area-Wet Prairie. Meet at the Silverbell Rd parking lot along the Paint Creek Trail, approximately 1103 Silverbell Rd.

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.

 Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to learn new skills, work with a great team, and get more involved in local conservation? Our natural areas stewardship volunteers help with bluebird nest box monitoring, native seed collecting, prescribed fire, invasive species control, photo monitoring, pollinator garden maintenance, outreach, and more! We fit opportunities to your availability and interests. No special skills required. We’ll provide all training and tool you’ll need. To learn more contact Natural Areas Stewardship Manager Ben VanderWeide (bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org).


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