Events

Here you will find a list of upcoming events submitted by our communities and partners. If you would like to add your event to the list, please email all relevant information to staff@stewardshipnetwork.org and we will get it up as soon as possible! (interactive event calendar coming soon)

Stewardship Workday – National Pollinator Week: Saturday, June 22 from 9am-12pm @ Kuebler Langford Nature Area in Ann Arbor, MI

Under NAP’s care a prairie has been restored to this once-disturbed site. Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators live in this habitat. Celebrate National Pollinator week by improving their home. Team up with us to remove invasive species such as sweet clover to keep the native prairie plants thriving. Meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Drive, north of Sunset Road (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Invasive Species Removal: Saturday, June 22 from 10am-12pm @ Kitchel Lindquist Hartger Dunes (20001 Berwyck St, Grand Haven, Michigan 49456)

We want to continue to remove spotted knapweed from the preserve before they go to seed and continue proliferating. These plants are able to outcrowd native species because they release toxins into the soil. Volunteers are needed, and no experience is required! Shovels, gloves, insect repellent, and water are supplied. We suggest you wear sturdy clothing and long pants. We hope to see you there! Any questions can be answered via messenger, phone, or email. [(616) 842-5803]

Hall’s Lake Stewardship Saturday: June 22 from 10am-1pm @ Hall’s Lake Natural Area in Remus, MI + Google Map

Phone: 989-772-5777 ; Website: www.ChippewaWatershedConservancy.org

Join us at the beautiful Hall’s Lake Natural Area for our third Stewardship Saturdays outing of 2019. Volunteers will help CWC staff and board members maintain hiking trails and remove invasive species.

No experience is necessary. All tools and training will be provided. Advanced registration is not required.

P.S. We love seeing kids participate in stewardship!

Waterloo Recreation Area – Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Saturday, June 22 from 10am-1pm @ Waterloo Recreation Area (16345 McClure Road, Chelsea, MI 48118)

Contact: Heidi Frei, Natural Resource Steward 517-284-6133

Meet at the Discovery Center lower parking lot. Map: 42.32432, -84.08528

Join efforts to remove pull garlic mustard from the woods near the Discovery Center! Help keep this invasive weed from taking over and displacing native plants. We need your help to remove this plant before it goes to seed. It’s easy to pull.

Please register using the volunteer registration form or via email to freih@michigan.gov. Additional information is available via the DNR Volunteer Stewardship webpage. For more information about invasive species, please visit michigan.gov/invasives.

Please Note: Dates occasionally change and events may be canceled due to inclement weather and other reasons. Please call the event contact to confirm dates/times prior to your arrival.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Sign up for the parks you are interested in volunteering and you will be notified about upcoming volunteer steward events.

Ludington State Park – Stewardship Volunteer Workday: Saturday, June 22 from 10am-12pm @ Ludington State Park (8800 W. M-116 Ludington MI, 49431)

Contact: Heidi Frei, Natural Resource Steward 517-202-1360

Help protect this beautiful lakeside from unwanted invaders like garlic mustard and spotted knapweed! No experience is necessary; we’ll cover basic plant identification and provide all necessary equipment.  We’ll work at several trailheads where garlic mustard has landed. Meet at the small parking area at the intersection of Piney Ridge Rd and 19th St. Meeting location:  44.018014, -86.473231.

Please register using the volunteer registration form or via email to freih@michigan.gov. Additional information is available via the DNR Volunteer Stewardship webpage. For more information about invasive species, please visit michigan.gov/invasives.

Please Note: Dates occasionally change and events may be canceled due to inclement weather and other reasons. Please call the event contact to confirm dates/times prior to your arrival.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Sign up for the parks you are interested in volunteering and you will be notified about upcoming volunteer steward events.

Stiltgrass Workshop: Saturday, June 22 from 10:30am-12:30pm @ IHM Motherhouse Monroe, MI

Hosted by the Western Lake Erie Cluster, the River Raisin Institute, and IHM. Contact Brittany Leick for more info: 734-240-9682 ext. 682 / bleick@rriearth.org

Wampler’s Lake Boat Wash: Sunday, June 23 from 8:30am-4:00pm @ Hayes State Park in Onsted, MI

Contact Brittany Leick for more info: 734-240-9682 ext. 682 / bleick@rriearth.org

Native Prairie Plants & Pollinators: Sunday, June 23 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm @ Crosswinds Marsh in New Boston, MI

Hosted by the Western Lake Erie Cluster, the River Raisin Institute, and WCP. Contact Brittany Leick for more info: 734-240-9682 ext. 682 / bleick@rriearth.org

Stewardship Workday – Pollinator Week: Sunday, June 23 at 1pm @ Olson Park (1551 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105)

Pollinator Week is an international celebration of the services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. Olson Park is home to a variety of pollinators, including the uncommon wild indigo duskywing butterfly. Help provide quality habitat for pollinators by removing non-native plants. Meet at the park entrance on Dhu Varren Road, just east of Pontiac Trail. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewardship Workday: Sunday, July 7, 9 a.m. to noon @ Bluffs Nature Area

Walking through the Bluffs Nature Area woods overlooking Main Street, you’ll come upon an open prairie. This was once a staging area for road building projects, but now is a beautiful grassland abloom with white, pink, and yellow flowers. Come take part in our effort to allow the native plants to thrive by pulling invasive species. We’ll show you how to find them. Meet in the parking lot off Main Street, just north of Lake Shore Drive (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewards’ Circle: Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. @ Bruegger’s Bagels (709 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI)

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.

This month’s topic: Ann Arbor’s Salamanders

Ann Arbor is home to five species of salamanders and a unique group of all female salamanders that actually steal DNA from other species. Come learn about these amphibians and what we can do to protect their habitats.

Stewardship Saturday – Stiltgrass Workshop: Saturday, 7/13 from 1pm – 4pm @ Botsford Preserve

Stiltgrass (Mirostegium vimineum) is a new invasive plant to Washtenaw County including Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation’s Botsford Preserve. Stiltgrass easily out-competes native plants, is difficult to manage once established, and is unsightly in lawns.

At this volunteer workday, you will learn how to identify stiltgrass, help map its location throughout Botsford Preserve, and hand-pull small populations. Botsford Preserve is located in Scio Township near Miller and Wagner Roads. Registration is required (and will provide meeting location). Please visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (#841007) to register. Questions? Contact Katie Carlisle at carlislec@washtenaw.org.

Stewardship Workday: Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. to noon @ Black Pond Woods Nature Area

Black Pond may be dry in the summer, but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit these woods. More than 50 species of trees live here! Help us protect these woods by removing non-native plants such as Japanese hedge parsley. Kids can help too, so bring the family! Meet us on Tibbits Court, off of Pontiac Trail (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewardship Workday: Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. to noon @ Ruthven Nature Area

The sandy soils here provide a unique ecosystem, inhabited by native grasses and prairie wildflowers. It’s a great place to look for butterflies and birds. You can foster the native plants here by removing the exotic species intruding in this habitat. Meet at the Gallup boat dock parking lot, at the southeast corner of Huron Parkway and Geddes Road (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Nature Walk with NAP and AADL: Thursday, July 25, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Marshall Nature Area

Marshall Nature Area is 87-acres of oak hickory woodland with scattered prairie pockets. Join us for a family friendly nature walk to learn about native plants while looking carefully for birds and butterflies. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Road, north of Plymouth Road (map). Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired. The nature walks are a collaboration between the Ann Arbor District Library and Natural Area Preservation that take place once a month April through September.

Stewardship Workday: Saturday, July 27, 1 to 4 p.m. @ Marshall Nature Area

Henry James said “summer afternoon” are the two most beautiful words in the English language. The oak-hickory forest of Marshall Nature Area is a wonderful place to spend a summer afternoon. Unfortunately the native plants are threatened by invasive plants such as Japanese hedge parsley. Join us to remove these invaders and keep the park beautiful. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro road, north of Plymouth Road (map). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

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