Volunteers Seed Collecting at the Wet PrairieOakland Township Parks and Recreation

Management Plan for Fox Nature Preserve, December 31, 2023

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Deer Exclosures

Natural Areas Blog  NEW!

Prairie Remnant Restoration

Prescribed Ecological Burns

Oakland Township Parks Natural Areas Stewardship - Join us!
RSVP for all activities to bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org or 248-651-7810, ext 401.
For workdays, remember to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes suitable for uneven terrain. We provide tools, light snacks, water, and training. All minors must have a waiver signed by a guardian, and minors under 14 must be accompanied by a guardian. Contact us: Email or phone Natural Areas Stewardship Manager Doctor Ben at bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org or 248-651-7810 ext 401. Check our blog, oaklandnaturalareas.com, for updated information on these events.

Weekly Bird Walks

Join us every Wednesday for our weekly bird walks.  We want to document the bird species using natural areas in our parks so that we can work to improve their habitat.  Some extra binoculars are available if you contact us in advance. FREE
See Natural Areas Notebook for schedule: https://oaklandnaturalareas.com/volunteer-calendar/birding-walks/

Volunteer Workdays

Please come out and join us for one of these free events! Contact us in advance if possible so that we can bring enough tools and supplies. Updated information on these events can be found on our blog at https://oaklandnaturalareas.com/volunteer-calendar/volunteer-workdays/.
We will work to remove invasive shrubs, pull garlic mustard, and spread seed in our natural areas. Expect work to be physically demanding. All workdays are 9am to 12noon and will be cancelled if the weather is bad. Please come out and join us for these free events! FREE

Garden Volunteers Needed!
Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is looking for a few passionate gardeners to help maintain our native plant demonstration beds during the growing season. Tasks include general garden maintenance such as weeding, deadheading, and spreading mulch. Ability to identify native plants is a plus but not required. To learn more please contact Ben VanderWeide at bvanderweide@oaklandtownship.org  or 248-651-7810. Hours worked can be used toward the Conservation Stewards volunteer hour requirement or worked into an educational component for the Master Gardener hour requirement.