Volunteers are an integral part of the beauty, preservation, education and great programs happening at the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens.

Our volunteers will find a welcoming, supportive, and appreciative environment here.

There are many ways you can be a part of the exciting things happening at the Preserve:

  • Maintain/create trails
  • Plant native species around the Preserve
  • Collect seeds for propagation in our greenhouses
  • Assist with invasive species control

Stewardship Workdays - Fridays, March 10 through Tuesday April 18, 2023

We are looking for volunteers to help us care for Calvin's Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens by controlling invasive plants, weeding gardens, maintaining hiking trails, etc. Please meet us at the Gardener's Cottage in the Venema Plaza (across from the Bunker Interpretive Center) at 2 pm of each workday you register for. A staff member will greet you, get you checked-in and will provide you with all necessary tools. Please come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable, closed toe shoes that can get dirty.

Sign-up HERE

Questions? Email jen.howell@calvin.edu 

We hope you can join us!

Greenhouse Workdays - Tuesday mornings & Thursday afternoons starting February 14 - May 4, 2023

We are excited to work with you to grow our native plants for our plant sale! oin us at the greenhouse at 3770 Lake Dr Grand Rapids MI 49546. It looks like a residential home, but the driveway leads to our greenhouse in the back. Feel free to park in the house parking lot, edge of the front lawn, or along the driveway. There is some parking toward the greenhouse.

Hand sanitizer, bathrooms, and sinks will be available on-site. Bring a water bottle, and bring a mask. We will be working in the greenhouses, which are partially heated, so dress for potential cold/warmth.

Sign-up HERE

Questions? Email benjamin.steenwyk@calvin.edu 

Build your team with us!

Community and corporate groups are welcome to coordinate a private workday with us during the week or weekend. Volunteer activities may include seed collection, invasive species removal, transplanting native plants, trail work, native garden maintenance, and other special projects. We prefer a minimum of at least 8 volunteers to schedule a private workday. Preferred times are 9 am to noon and/ or 1 to 4 pm. Contact our Land Manager, Jen Howell, for more information and to arrange a workday: jen.howell@calvin.edu