Volunteer to Protect and Restore Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

There will be several opportunities in August for volunteers to help protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. During stewardship workdays, volunteers will conduct plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks with guidance from staff with the city of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation group. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. For more information about NAP, visit http://www.a2gov.org/NAP.

S Stewardship Workdays

Aug. 5

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Olson Park

Volunteers are needed to hand-pull invasive weeds where they are invading open meadows. Meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren Road, just east of Pontiac Trail.

1-4 p.m.

Black Pond Woods Nature Area

Volunteers will work on removing summer invasive plant species, like Japanese hedge parsley, which have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. Meet us on Tibbits Court, off of Pontiac Trail.

Aug. 19

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bird Hills Nature Area

Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive weeds like Japanese hedge parsley throughout the park. Join us at the Bird Road entrance to this park, west of Huron River Drive (additional parking in Barton Nature Area Dam entrance).

Aug. 20

1-4 p.m.

Mary Beth Doyle Park

Help remove invasive weeds in the open areas of this park. Meet us on Verle Avenue, off of Platt Road.

Aug. 26

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bandemer Nature Area

Help maintain this patch of special habitat by hand-pulling exotic weeds. We will meet at the main parking area off of Barton Drive.

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