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Volunteer with the ODC Network

General Volunteer Opportunities

Individual Volunteerism

The ODC Network has individual volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Please complete the form below and email it to Ashley VanZee to begin the process of becoming a volunteer!

Event Support

Events such as Maple Sugar Time, Golf Outing, Macatawa Water Festival, Treats and Trails, Migratory 5K Fun Run, and Holidays with the ODC Network offer a variety of volunteer opportunities including setup, wildlife assistant, event ambassadors, and more.

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.

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.

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, VoLes, 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 Tuesday 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.

Summer Camp Youth Leader

The Summer Camp Youth Leader is an unpaid, volunteer position for teens 13-18 years old who want to share their love of nature and outdoor activities with younger kids. This position assists at the Outdoor Discovery Center, and at off-site locations. The volunteer’s primary job responsibilities include being a positive role model while interacting with ODC Summer Campers, assisting with camp activities (including set-up and clean-up), and assisting other staff in meeting the overall goals of the organization. 

VoLes 2024

Spring 2024 dates:

Tuesday 4/16 3:30-5 pm
Saturday 4/27 10-12 pm
Tuesday 5/7 3:30-5 pm
Saturday 5/18 10-12 pm – River Cleanup
Tuesday 6/4 3:30-5pm
Saturday 6/15 10-12 pm
Summer 2024 dates:

Sat 7/13 – with Water Festival (time TBA)
Tues 7/23 3-5 pm

Tues 8/6 3-5 pm
Sat 8/24 10-12 pm

Tues 9/10 3:30-5 pm
Sat 9/28 – with River Clean Up 10-12 pm

Ready to start your own project?

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!