Volunteer Events:

  • July 28, 2017
    • 3 Possible Projects:
      • Trail Trimming
      • Spotted Knapweed Pull
      • Woody Invasive Control
  • August 4, 2017
    • 2 Possible Projects
      • Trail Maintenance
      • Autumn Olive Control
  • August 12, 2017
    • 2 Possible Projects
      • Trail Maintenance
      • Woody Invasive Control
  • September 1, 2017
    • 3 Possible Projects
      • Tree Planting
      • Woody Invasive Control
      • Native Wildflower Landscaping
  • September 16, 2017
    • Macatawa River Cleanup
  • October 6, 2017
    • 2 Possible Projects
      • Tree Planting
      • Woody Invasive Control
  • October 12, 2017
    • 2 Possible Projects
      • Tree Planting
      • Woody Invasive Control
  • November 13, 2017
    • 2 Possible Projects
      • Habitat Structure Construction (e.g. nest boxes)
      • Woody Invasive Control

Volunteering with ODCMG

We actively manage our restored 155 acre nature preserve in Fillmore Township (Holland) in addition to properties along the Macatawa River Greenway (Holland area) and the Rabbit River in Heath Township (Hamilton). As a part of our ongoing maintenance and management, we offer a number of volunteer opportunities to help maintain these properties. We appreciate the time and energy community volunteers provide and know their help is crucial to successful habitat management.

In volunteering with the us, a person will gain valuable work experience related to conservation and ecological restoration. Volunteers will get hands on experience with practical aspects of natural resource management including plant identification and best management practices for working with native flora and common Midwest invasive species.

Depending on the task at hand, volunteers may find themselves cutting and removing invasive species, planting seeds or trees, or assisting with chemical or biological control of problematic species.

We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to further our mission to connect people with nature.

Preparing for Volunteering

Materials Provided

  • protective work gloves
  • insect repellent
  • eye protection (if needed)
  • trimmers, loppers, hand saws
  • hauling, bagging materials

Other Items to Consider (not provided)

  • snacks/water
  • sunscreen
  • long pants/sleeves
  • work/rubber boots
  • gloves/personal protection gear
  • sunglasses