VoLes – Volunteer League

Our Volunteer League (nicknamed “VoLes”) is a service club for teens to experience what it takes to maintain a natural area and captive wildlife. This program is designed for 12 to 18 year olds who will work with ODC Network staff on a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks at the ODC and DeGraaf Nature Center. Past projects have included removing invasive species, cleaning up animal enclosures, and adding nature play features. It’s also a great way to earn those community service volunteer hours!

VoLes club meets twice a month for a total of six meetings per session. Spring, Summer and Fall sessions are available, no prior experience or participation is required to sign up.

There is no fee for this activity, signed photo/liability release forms are required with registration.

Fall Session 2020 meetings:

Saturday 9/12, 12-2 pm (River Clean up)
Friday 9/25, 3:30-5:30 pm
Friday 10/9, 3:30-5:30 pm
Saturday 10/24, 12-2 pm
Saturday 11/7, 12-2 pm
Friday 11/20, 3:30-5:30 pm

Preparing for Volunteering

Materials Provided by the ODC

  • 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