Do you like to work on projects where your time makes a difference? Do you have a special skill or expertise? Some volunteer opportunities are a single day, like planting daffodils in the fall or the Island Clean-up in the Spring. If you have more time and like to be outdoors, join our fight to contain invasive plant species that threaten the natural habitat. Do you like to plan events, or help to make them run smoothly? Give tours? Perhaps you have special expertise and could join one of the many committees that develop project plans and help us to evaluate ideas for park improvements. Whether you have a little time or a lot, we can use your help!
STEWARDSHIP DAYS—3rd Saturday of every month (except December)
The Environmental and Conservation section of the Island Stewardship Committee headed by Mebby Pearson offer Stewardship Saturdays where volunteers can help remove invasive plant species from the island.
The purpose of this task is the preservation of Belle Isle’s old growth forest by pinpointing invasive plants such as honeysuckle and privet, the primary invaders. These plants do not provide the proper nutrition for migratory birds. It’s sort of like providing “junk food” for birds. Plants like these create monocultures in the forest understory, crowding out native plants that are nutritious for birds. Ecological balance is our prime concern.
Please join us in doing work that is so needed in Belle Isle’s natural areas. It’s a small commitment; the work is not taxing; and safety is a priority. We start at 9 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Please no children under age six. All children must be supervised by an adult. Please contact the Nature Zoo for activities for small children.
2014 Saturday Stewardship Days:
December – none
Meet at the Nature Zoo Auditorium at 9:00 am Activities end at 12:00 noon
To sign up for these activities, call Erica Hill at 313-331-7760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.