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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

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For information on the SNA Volunteer Program, contact:
Jared Urban
Volunteer coordinator

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. Learn more by browsing stories of our work in annual reports, find ongoing training opportunities, browse our volunteer handbook or secure volunteer gear.

Update notice

Due to health concerns for our staff and the public, the Department has decided to suspend all gatherings at or on DNR lands and facilities. Volunteer work days on Department lands are suspended too. Department lands are still open to public use and enjoyment.

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
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Last revised: Monday April 06 2020