EL Environmental Stewardship - Volunteers Workdays
Environmental Stewardship Program
The East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program involves the community in the restoration of the City of East Lansing's park biotic communities by removing problematic invasive plant species and replacing them with native species. The program also seeks to share information with the community about different aspects of park ecosystems and how best to sustain them and implement them in their own front yards.
Upcoming Volunteer Work Days
A number of volunteer work days are scheduled throughout the year. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact Wendy Wilmers Longpre at (517) 319-6940 or by email to be added to a volunteer list serve.
Volunteer Work Days
Community members are encouraged to volunteer for one or more of a series of natural area work days. Volunteers will work to remove invasive plant species, such as garlic mustard and buckthorn, from East Lansing parks.
Current Work Day Schedule
Date Location, Time What
Saturday, Jan. 19 White Park, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Buckthorn removal
Saturday, Feb. 9 Harrison Meadows,10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Buckthorn removal
Saturday, Mar. 9 Henry Fine Park, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Buckthorn removal
Saturday, Apr. 13 Patriarche Park, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rain garden clean-up
Saturday, May 11 Henry Fine Park, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tree nursery clean-up and transplant
The City of East Lansing will provide work gloves, tools and refreshments. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, long pants, boots/shoes that can get muddy and additional work gloves (if you have them).
Residents interested in volunteering can contact Heather Surface, Stewardship & Community Events Specialist at 517-319-6888 or by email.
If it is below freezing or pouring rain the workday will be canceled. Program coordinators will do their best to email/call everyone who has signed up in advance and post cancellations on Facebook.