DNR Volunteer Opportunities: state park stewardship, Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

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DNR Volunteer Opportunities - June 2018

grassy sand dune and lake

Here are a few ways to get involved in taking care of Michigan’s natural resources in June. For more opportunities to volunteer, contribute and provide input, visit michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers.  

Stewardship volunteer opportunities in southern Michigan state parks

volunteer clearing brush at state park

Help the DNR restore natural ecosystems at volunteer stewardship workdays, taking place at a handful of state parks in southern Michigan throughout June. Volunteers help with everything from collecting native seeds and removing invasive species to conducting plant and animal surveys.

Southwest Michigan workday locations: 

  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park - June 9
  • Warren Dunes State Park - June 10
  • Warren Woods State Park - June 16
  • Van Buren State Park - June 16
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area - June 16
  • Warren Dunes State Park - June 23
  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park - June 23
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area - June 30

Southeast Michigan workday locations:

  • Bald Mountain Recreation Area - June 9
  • Brighton Recreation Area - June 10
  • Belle Isle Park - June 16
  • Pinckney Recreation Area - June 23
  • Waterloo Recreation Area - June 24

More information about volunteer stewardship workdays, including a calendar of opportunities, is available at michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers. To register, please complete and submit the stewardship volunteer registration form.

Support clean waters during Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

lady cleaning garbage out of body of water

Show your love for the Great Lakes during Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week June 2-10.

Volunteer with Adopt-a-Beach, connect with your local watershed council or learn about providing local support to restore environmentally impacted waters through a Public Advisory Council.

We can all play a role in keeping our Great Lakes and inland waters clean!

Celebrate Michigan's elk, help wildlife

Show your Michigan elk pride while helping conserve wildlife habitat with a new elk license plate. This specialty plate, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk into Michigan, raises money for the nongame fish and wildlife fund.

Get involved with state forest planning

A new, interactive state forest map can help you stay up to date on future plans for Michigan’s state forests. You may also talk with foresters and wildlife biologists about forest management plans at upcoming state forest open houses. 

Help keep track of Michigan’s snakes

Seeing snakes? If left alone, snakes will leave you alone. The 18 species of snakes found in Michigan are an important part of our state’s ecosystems. Help monitor them by reporting your sightings to our Herp Atlas database.