DNR Get Involved: state park volunteer opportunities, campground hosts needed

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DNR Get Involved - November 2019

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

State park stewardship volunteers needed in November

volunteer cuts invasive shrub with garden shears

The DNR will host several volunteer stewardship workdays in November at state parks in southern Michigan.

Workdays are an enjoyable way to spend time outdoors while restoring Michigan's ecosystems and learning about its inhabitants.

November stewardship workdays are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, Nov. 10: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), 1 to 4 p.m.
    Volunteers will work together to rid this popular park of privet, autumn olive, honeysuckle and other non-native invasive plants and protect the native forest from these exotic pests.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), 1 to 4 p.m.
    Volunteers will be working to protect the beautiful dunes, cutting and stump-treating scattered invasive woody shrubs and oriental bittersweet before they encroach further into the natural landscape.
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland County), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Volunteers can join ongoing efforts to restore the Silo Field Trial Area to an open grassland by hauling and piling brush and stacking firewood.

Workday details (including meeting locations, the stewardship volunteer registration form and links to individual park maps and directions) are available on the DNR volunteer calendar. Please register either by using the volunteer registration form or by emailing FreiH@Michigan.gov.

Be a volunteer campground host in 2020

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Love the outdoors and want to make it home base for a couple of weeks? The DNR is looking for volunteers to work as campground hosts in Michigan state parks and some rustic forest campgrounds. In exchange, camping fees are waived.

Each campground host is responsible for 30 hours of service per week, such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Both individuals and couples may apply.

A list of openings and this year's application/selection criteria are now available on our campground host webpage.

Outdoor Adventure Center volunteer opportunities

If you live in southeast Michigan and want to help visitors of all ages learn about and connect with the outdoors, consider volunteering at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit. A variety of opportunities are available, and OAC volunteers enjoy a flexible schedule and perks.

Share ideas about Leelanau, Traverse City state park plans

Now through Sunday, you can take part in online surveys to give us your input on two new general management plans for Leelanau and Keith J. Charters Traverse City state parks. These long-range plans will help set the course for future management of the parks.