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Throughout the year, The Nature Institute’s staff works to maintain the preserve and trails, and to provide exciting environmental educational programs and events to the public. However, they cannot do it alone. Would you like to lend a helping hand? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with the mission of The Nature Institute? We would love for you to be a part of TNI and we have many  ways for you to help us listed below. Click on our volunteer form below if you are interested and we will  contact you in the next 3-5 business days.  Thank you!

Greenhouse: We have a small greenhouse located at The Nature Institute’s Cypress Pond, that houses native plants. Volunteers would assist TNI staff in cultivating native plants for planting on the preserves, as well as helping with Native Plant Sale events open to the public.

Events: We are always looking for additional assistance for our events, from the planning stages to the clean-up, and everything in between. Some annual events include the Ice Cream Social and Enchanted Forest.  

School field trips: Several hundred local students walk the trails every year at The Nature Institute. Often times, students utilize the outdoor classroom to learn about creeks, trees, and insects to name a few. The Nature Institute’s education staff is always in need of outgoing individuals that are interested in helping with environmental education. Do you love the outdoors? Nature? Kids? Learning? Having fun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is the perfect opportunity to get involved. Retired teachers are perfect for this opportunity!

Restoration Days: Maybe getting your hands dirty is more your style? Monthly restoration days will be right up your alley. Whether you are assisting to restore the 60-acre Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park, participating in our Bush Honeysuckle Sweeps, or pulling invasive species and clearing the trails in the historic Olin Nature Preserve, TNI has a job for you.

Please let us know which projects you would like to participate in.

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