Volunteer

IT’S FIELD SEASON!


Check this page regularly (or sign up for our volunteer emails) for work day schedules, unscheduled field work that will need to get done, volunteer application, descriptions of volunteer needs, and thoughts about working with your employee volunteer program.

Field season means fun stuff like trail maintenance, sign installation, property monitoring, and leading hikes and events.  If you have any of those skills, we need you!

If you’re interested in office organization systems, helping us host events, addressing and stamping envelopes (woo!), systematically tagging photos and the like, get a hold of us! We’d love to have you hang out in the office with us or to give you something to fidget with while you watch a movie at home!

 

The Chocolay Bayou Preservers are a team of volunteers who meet at the Chocolay River Brewing Company every three Thursdays at 5:30pm to organize around the needs of the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve. Our next meeting is May 18th, followed by the June 8th, then the 29th…etc. Feel free to stop in and join us for a local brew and some Preserving!


Please email uplc@uplandconservancy.org if you are interested in joining our team of volunteers and continue to check this page for upcoming volunteer events.

Click here to fill out a volunteer profile

(complete with waivers! Hooray!) and turn it back in to us so that we are sure to get a hold of you when opportunities arise that you are interested in!

All times/dates are subject to change due to weather. RSVPs are highly recommended so that we can get a hold of you if times/meeting places change due to weather.

UPCOMING WORK DATES

 

Restoration Thursdays at the Bayou!

Join the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and help UPLC and the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management team restore the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve and protect our wetland! “Restoration Thursdays” will be a community effort funded in part by a grant from the EPA.  We’ll be out removing invasive species, planting native grasses and wildflowers, building stairs to prevent erosion, and more! This property is protected for YOU–let’s all work together to restore the Bayou and protect the balance of natural systems and human use! Bring work gloves and sun/bug protection, and your favorite garden tools. Bring water and lunch, and prepare for the weather and your human needs as the closest restroom is 1/4 mile away! You can park in the Michigan Welcome Center and walk 1/4 mile OR at the Chocolay River Brewery and Restaurant–however, PLEASE do NOT park next to the building as we’d like to maintain our friendly relationship with the owners; save those spots for patrons of the restaurant and consider supporting your local businesses as well.

No RSVP necessary, but if you call ahead, I’ll update you on rain contingency plans, meeting areas, etc. Feel free to come and go as you please. Rain or shine, unless unsafe.

Thursday, July 20th 8:30-3:30

Thursday, July 27th, 8:30-3:30

Thursday, August 3rd, 8:30-3:30

Thursday, August 10th, 8:30-3:30

Thursday, August 17th, 8:30-3:30

Thursday, August 31st Noon-3:30

Chocolay Bayou Bird Observation Hut and Boardwalk Building: You can now walk from one end of the boardwalk to the other!!! There is still work to be done, though! Benches, cleanup, and volunteer nameplates are yet to be completed. Dates are announced as far in advance as we can, but usually based on weather and volunteer availability. Call or email to be sure that you’re hearing about upcoming Boardwalk Building Dates!

No dates announced at this time. Keep looking or call to be alerted!

 

Gamber-Brisky Spring Trail Opening and Signing:

TBD Meet at the UPLC office at 1 pm to carpool/caravan 1/2 hour to Preserve. Back around 5 pm. Bring rake, loppers, hammer. Have extra bench making materials laying around? Give us a call, let’s build a bench!

Tory’s Woods Interpretive Sign Installation and Trail signing:

TBD, likely late summer or early fall. Signs are still in progress–got an eye for design? Let me know if you want to help edit!

Vielmetti-Peters Interpretive Sign Installation and Trail signing:

TBD, likely late summer or early fall. Signs are still in progress–got an eye for design? Let me know if you want to help edit! Sign production is fully funded by the spring trail race that was held on on May 20th! Thanks everyone who helped with the trails!


Specific non-field volunteer opportunities:

Entering data from Breeding Bird Surveys at the Debelak Reserve into Excel so we can compare the last 10 years! Est. Time: 1-2 hours, can be done remotely. Requires MS Word, Excel.

-Proofreading and editing publications! UPLC is rolling out lots of new outreach materials! Interpretive signageon hiking trails, informational handouts and brochures,  and newsletters all need to be triple-checked before being released into the wild…Est. Time: varies based on publication (and how much coffee was consumed prior to writing). Requires MS Word, PDF reader or Publisher preferred but not necessary.

-Organizing the storage area…! Yeah, I’m serious. Field gear, race and event equipment, and more kinda just get piled up in there, and a thin-narrow locker is just…hard to keep organized. Est. Time: 2 hours or less? Requires the ability to lift up to 30 lbs, mad Tetris skills. No nunchuck skill required, bowstaff training provided upon receipt of volunteer waiver.