Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to apply to be a volunteer?
Yes, volunteers must fill out a volunteer application and a liability waiver. No previous experience is necessary. Workday leaders will orient volunteers to the procedures and safety precautions of each activity.
How fit do I need to be?
If you are in good physical health and can handle carrying or dragging 10 – 25 lbs., walking on uneven terrain and bending or stooping, you should have no trouble with our workday activities. If you need accommodations for your volunteer workday, please contact Katie Kowalski at email@example.com.
Do I have to sign up or can I just show up?
Pre-registration is required for all workdays. We ask that you pre-register so we can provide the number of tools for everyone expected to be in attendance. This also helps us adjust the activity to the number of volunteers and make sure that your valuable time is not wasted. For help with registration, please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to bring to the workday?
Please come dressed for outdoor work. This means long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots (waterproof shoes in wet conditions), layers for varying weather conditions, a hat to protect from the sun, etc. While the Metroparks will provide water, it is always smart to bring your own water or reusable container.
Is there a minimum age limit?
Volunteers of all ages are welcome, however, volunteers under 14 will need a parent or adult to volunteer with them. Some activities are more appropriate for young children than others. For example: Garlic mustard pulls and native seed collections are appropriate for all ages, while invasive shrub removal involves using sharp tools, herbicide and handling thorny plants and is better suited for older volunteers. Please use discretion or ask a Volunteer Coordinator before bringing young volunteers to workdays.
How do you decide whether to cancel a workday?
If there is impending inclement weather, we may decide to cancel a workday. Also, if very few volunteers register, it may not be effective to go through with the workday. In the event that a workday is canceled, look for a cancellation email to registered volunteers.
Do I have to stay for the whole workday?
No. We are grateful for any amount of time you can volunteer. If you cannot stay the entire time, we do ask that you arrive on time and leave early. We often hike a short distance to our worksite from the parking area. If you arrive late, you may not be able to find the group.
Will there be bathrooms at the workday site?
Workdays are almost always scheduled at sites with restrooms within walking distance.
Can I get community service credit for volunteering at workdays?
Yes. Workday leaders are happy to sign any papers required to give volunteers community service credit. If you are expecting credit for the full duration of the workday, please stay until the end.
How do you decide where workdays take place?
Our workday sites are chosen based on volunteer accessibility, restoration need and ecosystem quality. Because there are so many sites that need volunteer attention, we try to get volunteers out to as many of our Metroparks as possible. You can always be sure that the area you are working in is in need of restoration help and that the work you are doing will be lasting.
Can we do a workday on a different day/time than is listed on the schedule?
Yes. We are flexible in scheduling special workdays for groups or organizations. If you are interested in scheduling a workday for your group, contact Katie Kowalski at (810) 227-2757 x6086 or email@example.com.