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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, June 18 – 3-5 pm
Saturday, June 26 – 10-12pm
Thursday, July 1 – 3-5pm
Friday, July 9 – 3-5pm -@ DeGraaf Nature Center
Friday, August 13 – 3-5pm
Saturday, August 21 – 10-12pm