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State Natural Areas Volunteer Program

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Help us care for some of our state's most pristine public lands, State Natural Areas (SNA). Encourage native plants and animals to thrive by cutting brush, controlling invasive species, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species, and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward responsible for all volunteer activities at an SNA. Any level of participation is encouraged and no experience is necessary to start volunteering.

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Join us at a workday

Workdays are one of the main ways volunteers accomplish tasks. They occur throughout the year at different SNAs. They are a great way to get some exercise, have fun, learn something new and see if you’ve got what it takes to enjoy restoration. Come join us for a workday to see for yourself. You can also learn about individual volunteer opportunities.

With everything going on in the world it’s nice to take a break from it all for a couple of hours and breathe in the fresh air. I’m so glad I started volunteering because I’ve met some incredibly inspiring people who know a lot about rare and indigenous plants. I recently became certified for chainsaw use on DNR lands and have been enjoying practicing my new skills.

—Travis, SNA volunteer

Date Site Time County Activity Meeting location RSVP required? Contact Additional info
1/19 Kohler Park Dunes 9-11am Sheboygan Brush Google map Yes Mollie Mechenich 920-980-9054 For RSVP, please email your phone number so you can receive text alerts if there is a cancellation.
1/19 Muralt Bluff Prairie (Stauffacher Unit) 9-noon Green Brush Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349  
1/21 Chiwaukee Prairie 10-1pm Kenosha Brush See webpage No See webpage Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
1/21 York Prairie 9-noon Green Brush Google map No Shannon Roznoski 608-334-6920 Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
1/21 Scuppernong Springs 9-noon Waukesha Brush Google map No Walter Mirk 608-391-1921 Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month in the Southern Kettle Moraine area.
1/25 Gotham Pine Barrens 10-1pm Richland Fire Break Prep Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349  
1/26 Bluff Creek Noon-3pm Walworth Brush Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349  
1/28 Sugar River Wetlands 9-noon Dane Brush Google map Yes Jared Urban 608-228-4349 Typically occurring on the 4th Saturday of the month.
1/31 Woodman Lake 10-1pm Grant Brush Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349  
2/1 Arena Pine Barrens 9-noon Iowa Pine Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349  
2/3 Waubesa Wetlands 1-4pm Dane Brush Google map Preferred Alex Wenthe 608-282-5403 Occur on the 1st Friday of the month.
2/4 Kohler Park Dunes Canceled Sheboygan Brush Google map Yes Mollie Mechenich 920-980-9054 For RSVP, please email your phone number so you can receive text alerts if there is a cancellation.
2/9 Maiden rock Bluff 9-noon Pepin Brush Google map Yes Dean Edlin 608-792-3054 Occur on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
2/10 Ridgeway Pine Relict 9-noon Iowa Brush Google map No Bob Scheidegger 608-319-2083 Occur on the 2nd Friday of the month. 
2/11 Blue River Sand Barrens 9-noon Grant Brush Google map Preferred Brian McGraw 608-778-2260 Occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
2/11 Bluff Creek 9-noon Walworth Brush Google map Preferred Ginny Coburn 262-441-0393 Occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month in locations nearby. 
2/16 Kohler Park Dunes 9-11am Sheboygan Brush Google map Yes Mollie Mechenich 920-980-9054 For RSVP, please email your phone number so you can receive text alerts if there is a cancellation.
2/18 Chiwaukee Prairie 10-1pm Kenosha Brush See webpage No See webpage Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
2/18 Rocky Run Oak Savanna 9-noon Columbia Brush Google map Preferred Jared Urban 608-228-4349 Please note this is only an access point during workdays and is not public access.
2/18 Scuppernong Springs 9-noon Waukesha Brush Google map No Walter Mirk 608-391-1921 Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month in the Southern Kettle Moraine area.
2/18 York Prairie 9-noon Green Brush Google map No Shannon Roznoski 608-334-6920 Occur on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
2/22 Lower Chippewa River 9-noon Dunn Brush Removal Google map Yes Dean Edlin 608-792-3054  
2/25 Sugar River Wetlands 9-noon Dane Brush Google map Yes Jared Urban 608-228-4349 Typically occurring on the 4th Saturday of the month.
Expect to do some walking off-trail, do some physical activity, and wear clothes that can be beaten up. Good items to bring are drinking water, gloves, safety glasses, sunscreen, and bug spray in summer/fall. We’ll typically have enough tools for you to use. Although different sites have different approaches to cancellation a decision is made by at least two hours before the day. You can RSVP to get updates or ask the contact person about the status 2 hours before: moderate to heavy rain, snow/ice storms, extreme cold, or extreme heat. 

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We have divided the state into volunteer regions. Receive email updates on upcoming volunteer workdays in the region. Sign up for as many regions as you'd like.

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