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Volunteer with TNI

Individuals and Groups Welcome


Would you like to lend a helping hand? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with The Nature Institute? There are many ways you can help, please read below.  Please fill out the applicable form below, and we will contact you in the next 3-5 business days.  Thank you for your interest!

Events: We are always looking for additional assistance for our events, from the planning stages to the clean-up, and everything in between for events like TNI Earthday BioBlitz and Enchanted Forest.

Environmental Education: Several hundred students walk the trails every year at The Nature Institute. We always need help teaching students about nature, creeks, trees, and insects to name a few.  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!

Greenhouse: Volunteers assist TNI staff in cultivating native plants for restoration purposes, seed collecting, and Native Plant Sale events open to the public.

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. This is a great opportunity for group volunteering! Spring 2020 – March 27 9-noon, March 28, 9-noon, April 18 9-noon.

Please let us know which projects you would like to participate in by filling out the form below.