Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~ Dr. Suess
We run on volunteer power
To volunteer please fill out the application below
We have a small staff and a tight budget, so we rely on volunteers to help us with our work. You can volunteer for a one-time event or become a regular. To indicate your interest, please fill out the Volunteer Application provided and/or select one of our Sign-up Genius links provided under "Volunteer Opportunities" below and choose an activity or event that you'd like to get on your calendar today!
Restoring protected property:
Volunteers are needed to help control invasive plants and assist in planting native flowers, grasses, bushes and trees. This outdoor work, with your friend or family, allows for social distancing. In the spring we pull garlic mustard to keep our forests and open spaces from being overrun. This is followed by seedball distribution, planting native plugs, bushes and trees, sprucing up our demonstration gardens and removing the next wave of invasive plants. Special skills are not needed.
Repair & maintenance of public spaces:
We need people handy with tools to maintain trails, set signage posts or repair the occasional boardwalk. We will meet you on site with directions and materials. Indicate your interest on the form below.
Seed collection and distribution:
Most seed collection is done in late summer and into fall, but a few patient people can help gather the seeds of early flowering plants at the beginning of summer. In 2020, NOHLC is joining Pollinator Partnership in training folks in native seed collection methods. Contact us and be part of a national effort to increase habitat for pollinators. Birds, bees, butterflies and even mammals will thank you.
Office work/home work:
NOHLC has jobs you can do at home or at our office with social distancing in mind. If you enjoy organizing or typing/copying or using your artistic skills, we have a project for you. All tasks contribute to our mission of preserving land and water in Northwest Oakland County.
If you love being out in nature, you might want to become a property inspector. We will train you on what to look for and how to record it. One of our experienced inspectors will go with you on your first inspection. Call the office to find out when the next training session takes place 248-795-2808. Property inspection is a family-friendly event.