Volunteering with ODCMG

There are many ways that you can help the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway. Opportunities exist for volunteers to help on a daily, weekly, quarterly and yearly basis. Prospective volunteers who are minors must have parental permission. Those under the age of 16 who are not part of a school group must have parental involvement depending on the type of volunteering requested.

There are three general categories of volunteer work. While some training/preparation may be provided, it is expected that the volunteer brings some background and experience for the task, and – of course – an enthusiastic desire to help the mission of ODCMG!


Much of the volunteer assistance needed at ODCMG is being an extra pair of hands and eyes during the myriad of activities, programs and events that we sponsor. This includes helping providing assistance to children and adults and teaching (formal and informal) and providing leadership for group activities. Also included may be general supervision and assistance tasks such as helping people kayaking put on their PFD’s; baiting hooks for people fishing, helping people find their way from one activity area to another; and general assistance for the staff.

Specific Work Assignments – “Work Bees”

This category includes a lot of clean-up, landscape maintenance, gardening, weeding, and general care for the facilities and the grounds. Starting in early spring and lasting through the fall these activities are scheduled by staff in preparation for specific events and to keep the facility in great shape. The work ranges from cleaning and doing inventory at the Imagination Forest, to heavier work including repair and upkeep of the site and buildings. Conservation specific tasks working along side of our Conservation Land Management team are found on the Conservation Work Days page.

Long Term Activities

Some needs are on-going and can be done either by an individual or different volunteers, each scheduled on a regular basis. Office work, folding newsletters, assembling mailings, reception duties, weeding and trail clean-up are some examples.

Note: At this time we are NOT seeking volunteers for animal or bird care. These responsibilities require both training and a long-term commitment. Animal husbandry is currently the responsibility of our staff.

To learn more about volunteering please contact the office:  616-393-9453 or odc@outdoordiscovery.org.