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Throughout the year, The Nature Institute’s staff works to maintain the preserve and its trails and to also bring exciting events to the public. However, they cannot do it alone. They could use helpers just like you to lend a helping hand. Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with the mission of The Nature Institute? Below are some upcoming opportunities that are available.

Greenhouse: Opportunities are available for individuals or groups in the newly constructed greenhouse located at The Nature Institute’s Cypress Pond. Volunteers would assist TNI staff in cultivating native plants for planting on the preserves, as well as future plant sales.

Events: The Nature Institute creates dozens of public every month and they are always looking for additional assistance for preparation for and assistance during any and all events. Some annual events to mark your calendars for helping include: Riverbend Earth Day Festival, In Harmony with Nature, Enchanted/Evil Forest, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Autumn Open House, fundraising events and much more!

School field trips: Several hundred local students walk the trails every year at The Nature Institute. Often times, students are utilizing the outdoor classroom to learn about creeks, trees, and insects to name a few. The Nature Institute’s education staff does a wonderful job at managing these areas of learning, but they are always in need of outgoing individuals that are interested in helping with environmental education. 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 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.

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted forest is one of The Nature Institute’s most popular fall family programs. Families come out to learn about how the animals use their senses to find food at night in the forest. We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Follow the link below to find out more about the volunteer jobs available and sign up for your favorite job. 

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