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Public Volunteering

Public Volunteers

This volunteer option is for individuals or groups that would like to attend an open volunteer event, like Eco-Stewardship Work Days, without becoming a registered Blandford Nature Center volunteer. Please keep in mind that while a Volunteer Application does not need to be completed, you will still be required to sign a Liability Waiver at these volunteer events.

Click Here to Sign-Up for a Eco-Stewardship Work Day

2017 Eco-Stewardship Work Days

Eco-Stewardship Workdays

Work focuses on habitat restoration, trail maintenance, stream clean-up and removal of invasive species (like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle) on several sections of our 143-acre site. Education is always a major focus of the day with instruction not only on removal but also on identification of several native Michigan plant species and general ecology. Eco-Stewardship Workdays provide close-up, hands-on work that has tangible results. Volunteering community members learn to identify and manage plants that may be growing in their own backyards, their schools or city parks and how those plants and their volunteer efforts directly impact their surrounding environment.

Attending a Volunteer Orientation does not mean you are under any obligation to volunteer. All Eco-Stewardship Workdays begin at Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI) with invasive plant identification and ends with the removal of said invasive plant.

2017 Schedule of Eco-Stewardship Work Days

  • Saturday, February 11th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, March 11th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, April 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, April 20th from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 13th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, May 18th from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, June 17th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, June 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, July 15th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, July 20th from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, August 17th from 5:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, September 9th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, October 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, November 18th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am-12:00pm