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Volunteer opportunities state parks


The Department of Natural Resources recently announced its November schedule of volunteer stewardship activities at state parks and recreation areas in Southwest Michigan. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and help protect the habitats at these recreation destinations. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way for campers, day users and local residents to Go Get Outdoors, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying fall’s beautiful scenery.

Activities vary by park and include invasive shrub removal and native seed collection—a great family activity. Registration is required for seed collection events. No experience is necessary, and training and equipment are provided.

Dates, times and locations of group workdays are as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 3, Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo County), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4, Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan County), 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10, Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan County), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11, Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry County), 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17, Muskegon State Park (Muskegon County), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy closed-toed shoes) and bring gloves and drinking water. For information about the activities at each workday, directions or park information, or to check the Volunteer Steward calendar of events, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers, and select the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.

Contact Heidi Frei at 269-685-6851 ext. 147, or email freih@michigan.gov for registration or questions about the Volunteer Steward workdays.

Workdays are held each weekend at select parks in Southwest Michigan.
More outdoor fun and exercise is available through the DNR’s Recreation 101 program, which provides expert instruction to budding outdoor enthusiasts by offering free, hands-on training in over 100 different activities. Learn about participating or becoming an instructor, at www.michigan.gov/rec101. The DNR also offers ongoing nature programming; check out the schedule at www.michigan.gov/natureprograms.

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