Volunteer with the ODC Network

General Volunteer Opportunities

Advisory Committees

The ODC Network has multiple advisory committees to help provide expertise for staff on a variety of topics. These committees meet throughout the year and are an important part of how the ODC Network meets its mission.

Event Support

Community events such as Treats and Trails, Macatawa Water Festival, Homestead Holiday, Maple Sugar Time, and the Migratory 5K Fun Run offer a variety of volunteer opportunities including setup, parking, wildlife assistant, and teardown.

River Clean-ups

Help clean the Macatawa River of trash, debris, and other non-natural materials, on foot or by boat. Anyone under 16 years old must be with an adult. Boats and equipment will be provided if used during the cleanup.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

ODC Network corporate partners are offered volunteer opportunities to their employees. These projects tend to be larger scale and are coordinated by a corporate team leader and a volunteer coordinator.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Our Volunteer League is a service club for teens to experience what it takes to maintain a natural area and captive wildlife and to gain insight to the ODC Network mission. This program is designed for 12 to 18 year olds who will work with ODC staff on a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks. Time may be spent improving trails, removing invasive species, cleaning animal enclosures, or assisting staff at events. Time spent volunteering may be used for school community service hours. VoLes club meetings are often scheduled for one Friday and one Saturday per 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.

VoLes Spring 2022 Session

Friday 3/11 3:30-5 pm
Saturday 3/26 10-12 pm
Friday 4/15 3:30-5 pm
Saturday 4/30 10-12 pm
Friday 5/13 3:30-5 pm
Saturday 5/21 10-12 pm (River Cleanup)

Summer 2022 dates:

Friday 6/17 3-5 pm
Saturday 6/25 10-12 pm
Saturday 7/23 10-12 pm
Friday 7/29 3-5 pm
Saturday 8/13 (Water Festival)
Friday 8/  3-5 pm

Advisory Committees

The ODC Network has several topic-specific advisory committees that meet at various times. If you wish to offer your expertise, please reach out to us using the form below and we will be in touch!