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Volunteering at Blandford

Join the Blandford team!

Volunteers are highly valued as an integral part of the success of Blandford Nature Center. Blandford has many opportunities that let you share your time and talent. We would love to help you find something that matches your interests, skills, and availability.

Contact Jessie Schulte at 735-6240 x22 with questions about volunteering or by email at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer must:

  • Complete a volunteer application (group service days do not require one)
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must also complete a parental permission form.
  • Permit us to complete a background check. It is our policy as well as the policy of our partner schools.

Large volunteer groups are exempt from the application, but will sign a liability waiver onsite. If your company or group would like to volunteer, check out some our opportunities listed below.

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I would like to volunteer at Blandford...what do I need to do next?

Anyone who wishes to volunteer must:

  • Complete a volunteer application (group service days do not require one)
  • Volunteers under 18 years old must also complete a parental permission form.
  • Permit us to complete a background check. It is our policy as well as the policy of our partner schools.

Large volunteer groups are exempt from the application, but will sign a liability waiver onsite. If your company or group would like to volunteer, check out some our opportunities listed below.

Do I have to fill out an application to serve on a group work day or eco-stewardship Saturday?

No, group service events do not require a full application. Applications are for those seeking to regularly work with students on trail guide programs or in the wildlife center etc.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are offered at Blandford?

Blandford offers many types of volunteer opportunities:

  • Land Stewardship
  • Wildlife
  • Trail Guide/Outdoor Teaching
  • Farm
  • Maintenance
  • And many more!

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Eco-Stewardship Opportunities 

Check for more stewardship or land management events.

Saturdays:

  • April 4th 10-12pm: New volunteer orientation!
  • April 11th: 9:30- 12:30pm: Eco-stewards work day
  • May 2nd 10-12pm: New volunteer orientation!
  • May 9th 9:30-12:30pm: Garlic mustard pull
  • March 14th 9:30-12:30: Garlic mustard pull
  • June 6th 9-12:30pm: Free Stihl Chainsaw Safety Certification​. RSVP​!
  • June 20th 9:30- 12:30pm: Eco-stewards work day
  • July 11th 9:30- 12:30pm: Eco-stewards work day
  • Butterfly monitoring ​training. http://www.michiganbutterfly.org/
    • Trainings are open to anyone.  RSVP required!
      Indoor Training: Thursday, May 14th 6-8pm
      Outdoor Training: Saturday May 23rd 1:30-3:30pm

Eco-Stewards meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center at 9:30am. Staff and interns will start the day with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle and then we will all head out into the forest to practice our identification skills. Finally, we’ll cut and treat those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. Group service day opportunities are open to the public so an application is not required. Bring a friend, walks-ins are welcome!