City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers. Volunteer opportunities coming up in December are listed below.
For all stewardship workdays, please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks and know-how provided.
For more information about NAP, visit www.a2gov.org/NAP.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–noon
Oakwoods Nature Area
Aristotle said in all things nature, there is something marvelous. Take the opportunity to admire the starker beauty of winter while fostering native habitat by removing non-native plants. Meet at the park entrance off Dunwoodie.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1–4 p.m.
Bluffs Nature Area
Bluffs Nature Area is around 40 acres of beautiful Michigan habitat. Under NAP’s care, prairies and oak seedlings are establishing here after many years of disturbance. Take part in the effort to restore this area by removing invasive shrubs such as honeysuckle. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7:30–8:30 a.m.
Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N. University Ave.
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org. This month’s topic: Controlling invasive shrubs. During the fall and winter, our work often turns to non-native shrubs. What can be done to keep these aggressive invaders out? Join to discuss the dynamics of controlling invasive shrubs and restoring with natives.