Volunteer Work Days

Community members are encouraged to volunteer for one or more of a series of natural area work days. Volunteers will work to remove invasive plant species, such as garlic mustard and buckthorn, from East Lansing parks.

Current Work Day Schedule

Date Location, Time What
Saturday, Sept. 8
Patriarche Park,
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rain garden & playground cleanup
Saturday, Oct.13
Hawk Nest Park,
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Trail clean-up and buckthorn removal
Saturday, Nov. 10
Harrison Meadows,
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buckthorn removal
Saturday, Dec. 8
Henry Fine Park,
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buckthorn removal
Work Attire 
The City of East Lansing will provide work gloves, tools and refreshments. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, long pants, boots/shoes that can get muddy and additional work gloves (if you have them). 

Residents interested in volunteering can contact Heather Surface, Stewardship & Community Events Specialist at 517-319-6888 or by email.

Cancellation Policy

If it is below freezing or pouring rain the workday will be canceled. Program coordinators will do their best to email/call everyone who has signed up in advance and post cancellations on Facebook.