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Volunteers play a special role at the Pine River Nature Center. They assist in maintaining and enhancing the nature center's facility and grounds. They also help with programs for students and the public.

Woman kneeling in flower bed of Black-eyed Susans pulling weeds

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers can be anyone 16 years and older. The Pine River Nature Center appreciates assistance from retirees, college and high school students. Volunteers are welcomed regardless of race, religion, age, gender, nationality or disability. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and state-required background check.

When can a volunteer work?

Most volunteer opportunities are available on weekdays. However, weekend opportunities include helping out with special events, trail work, and the adopt-a-trail program.

Pine River Nature Center Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a variety of ways that volunteers can help the Pine River Nature Center. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. People should discuss their interests with the Operations Coordinator as job descriptions are very flexible.

Adopt-a-Trail Program
This program is ideal for a family or group. By "adopting a trail," a volunteer is responsible for caring for one of the nature center's many beautiful trails. Volunteers in this program may visit when convenient in order to keep the trail maintained and in good condition for walking. Nature center trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Trail Work & Garden Volunteer
Maintain trails and native gardens at the nature center on scheduled volunteer work days during the week and select Saturdays. Assist in removing invasive plant species, such as bush honeysuckle, barberry and autumn olive as well as planting native flowers.

Volunteer Naturalist
Conduct and support school, scout and public programs; training provided.

Animal Ambassator Care Taker
Maintain fish, reptile and amphibian displays. This requires regular visits to the nature center to monitor, clean and care for the animals. Experience working with animals is important.

Exhibit Designer
Construct exhibits, displays and bulletin boards for the nature center.