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I work in an industrial setting that does not inspire and reward me in the way these volunteer opportunities do. I get to learn things that I can apply to my own land. I've enjoyed meeting people who share my enthusiasm for restoration of our land. I've also been shown some prairie remnants in our SNAs that I never would have realized were still in existence. It's like finding treasure for me.

—Zach, SNA volunteer

Contact information
For information on the SNA Volunteer Program, contact:
Jared Urban
Volunteer coordinator
608-228-4349

State Natural Areas (SNAs) Volunteer Program

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Help us care for some of our state's most pristine public lands – State Natural Areas. Encourage native plant and animal communities to thrive by cutting brush, pulling and spraying invasives, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward responsible for all volunteer activities at a SNA – any level of participation is encouraged. No experience is necessary to start volunteering.

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.

Working together

Volunteers support Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation staff in completing restoration work. We work together to protect our state's SNAs, so they remain some of our last refuges for rare plants and animals and continue to preserve our state's genetic and biological diversity for future generations.

Collecting seeds at Empire Prairie SNA Displaying seeds collected from Ridgeway Pine Tossing logs into a bonfire Volunteers spraying garlic mustard Volunteer dragging brush Large group of volunteers working at Kettle Moraine Oak Opening SNA Volunteers gathering for a group photo
Volunteer workday calendar
Date Property County Map Activities More Information
Wednesdays Woodland Dunes Manitowoc
Map
Invasive removal, native planting
Workday flyer
10/18/2017 Empire Prairie Dane
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/21/2017 Chiwaukee Prairie Kenosha
Map
Establishing fire breaks and cutting brush
Workday flyer
10/25/2017 Empire Prairie Dane
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/25/2017 Rocky Run Columbia
Map
Invasive removal, fire breaks
Workday flyer
10/27/2017 Maiden Rock Bluff Pepin
Map
Invasive removal, seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/28/2017 Sugar River Wetlands Dane
Map
Spraying invasives and collecting seed
Workday flyer
11/05/2017 Orion Mussel Beds Richland
Map
Clearing effigy mounds
Workday flyer
11/10/2017 Ridgeway Pine Relict Iowa
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer
11/18/2017 Chiwaukee Prairie Kenosha
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer
12/02/2017 Sugar River Wetlands Dane
Map
Spreading seed, brush
Workday flyer
12/07/2017 Maiden Rock Bluff Pepin
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer
12/08/2017 Ridgeway Pine Relict Iowa
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer
12/9/2017 Bluff Creek Walworth
Map
Brush cutting and piling
Workday flyer
12/09/2017 Blue River Sand Barrens Grant
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer
12/16/2017 Chiwaukee Prairie Kenosha
Map
Cutting and piling brush
Workday flyer

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Last revised: Wednesday October 18 2017