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SNA Volunteer Information

Scuppernong Students

Training opportunities

Volunteers who have given 20 hours to the program are eligible for reduced training rates. Please contact us to learn more.

Below are courses taught by other organizations in additional subjects. Contact us to find out more.

SNA volunteer shirt

Get some gear

Have you volunteered 20 hours? You get a t-shirt. 50 hours gets you a hat! Show it off and brag to your friends. Since funds are limited, please limit to one shirt and hat per person. T-shirts and hats are ordered once a year in late January and sent out in February or March.

After documenting your time, please fill out this form and we’ll get them to you. Any on-the-ground time you spend taking care of a DNR-managed State Natural Area by invasives removal, collecting seed, burning, sharpening tools, etc. counts as time. How do you document time? Use the online reporting system that allows us to track your accomplishments. In addition, your time can be used as match for grants, which means that your work is doubled! If you are volunteering as a part of a workday, the leader will document your time.

Volunteers working

Individual volunteer opportunities

Individual projects are available on a variety of SNAs. Individual jobs include spraying invasives, cutting brush, leading workdays, entering data, fixing tools, collecting seeds, etc. Our greatest needs are weed/brush management and seed collection. Please contact Jared Urban for more information: 608-228-4349

  • Steward needs (see Appendix G) - Hogback Prairie, Maiden Rock Bluff, Rocky Run Oak Savanna
  • Seed collection needs (July-November) - Mazomanie Oak Barrens, Rock River, Rocky Run Oak Savanna
  • Other needs- Environmental educator, workday goodie supplier

Steps toward becoming a steward

You don’t have to jump right in. Many people start with a doable project at a site they love and learn from others, but there’s no set path. Here’s how you can wade in first.

  • Attend workdays
  • Learn a skill and see if you enjoy it (seed collecting, herbicide, chainsaw)
  • Find a mentor to learn from at a different SNA
  • Take a volunteer leadership course
  • Lead workdays

Read more about becoming a steward in the Volunteer Handbook

Mindset of a steward

  • Available time
  • Passion for nature
  • Enjoy physical work (dragging brush to a fire, operating a chainsaw, pulling weeds, spraying, etc.)
  • Desire to involve others
  • Willingness to learn and teach others
  • Enjoy working as a part of a team or with minimal direction
  • Discover new things about the properties you steward
  • Watch seasonal changes
  • See the result of your hard work over time
  • The challenges, of course!