The EIC relies on the assistance of volunteers to help maintain the gardens and Environmental Study Area. We welcome the assistance of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. We also recognize and appreciate that each volunteer brings their own set of interests and skills. While most of our volunteer projects require little training, a staff member will always be available to assist with and help coordinate your activities. We will also make every effort to accommodate the days and times that are convenient for your service at the Center.
Volunteer activities may include:
- collecting/spreading native seeds
- invasive species control and removal
- trail maintenance and marking
- constructing signs and boardwalks
- weeding the rain gardens and pollinator garden
- maple sap collection and assistance during the maple syrup season
This year-round, ongoing effort helps to improve and sustain the ecological health of the habitats in the Environmental Study Area. That includes addressing the many threats posed by invasive plants and re-establishing native plantlife.
Stewardship Saturdays will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the third Saturday of the month.
Pick one or more days to come out and help. Each month will bring opportunities for removal of various invasive plants according to current best management practices, etc. Children must be at least 10 years of age to participate.
All equipment for removing invasive plants will be provided by the Center. But if you can bring a sturdy pair of long-handled branch loppers, please do. Also, please bring your own drinking water and work gloves for use in the field.
This activity involves moderate physical activity in off trail natural habitat areas. Wear suitable work clothes that can be scraped and poked by twigs and/or the occasional thorny plant, or have contact with sticky bur seeds. A good pair of sturdy work shoes/boots is also a must. No sandals, please.
For more information or to register for Stewardship Saturdays:
Please contact Rick Simek, the EIC Natural Areas Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-583-6371.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:
Rick Simek, EIC Volunteer Coordinator