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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.

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

Highlighted workdays - Southern Wisconsin Travelling Seed Crew

Enjoy the simple act of seed collecting, a little adventure, and being outside. We will meet near Madison and carpool around southern Wisconsin (often 1 hour from Madison) to collect seed for ongoing restoration projects on important State Natural Areas. This is a great activity for new or experienced seed collectors with the chance to learn about and see new sites. On the 4th Wednesday of the month (except September is on the 4th Friday), more details [PDF].

Volunteer workday calendar
Date Property County Map Activities More Information
10/10/2019 Maiden Rock Bluff Pepin
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/11/2019 Ridgeway Pine Relict Iowa
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/12/2019 Hogback Prairie Crawford
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/12/2019 Kettle Moraine Oak Opening Jefferson
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/13/2019 Parfreys Glen Sauk
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
10/16/2019 Rocky Run Columbia
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/19/2019 Council Grounds State Park Lincoln
Map
Honeysuckle cutting
Workday flyer
10/19/2019 Chiwaukee Prairie Kenosha
Map
Brush, invasives
Workday flyer
10/19/2019 Hogback Prairie Crawford
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/19/2019 York Prairie Green
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/20/2019 Centennial Bedrock Glade Polk
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
10/23/2019 Empire Prairie Dane
Map
Seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/24/2019 Bluff Creek Walworth
Map
Brush, seed collecting
Workday flyer
10/26/2019 Sugar River Wetlands Dane
Map
Seed collecting, brush
Workday flyer
11/03/2019 Centennial Bedrock Glade Polk
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
11/08/2019 Ridgeway Pine Relict Iowa
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
11/14/2019 Maiden Rock Bluff Pepin
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
11/16/2019 Chiwaukee Prairie Kenosha
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
11/16/2019 York Prairie Dane
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
11/20/2019 Rocky Run Oak Savanna Columbia
Map
Brush
Workday flyer
12/07/2019 Sugar River Wetlands Dane
Map
Seed sowing, brush
Workday flyer

Receive email updates on upcoming workdays

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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Last revised: Thursday October 10 2019