If you are looking to volunteer once, or are interested in squeezing occasional volunteering into an already busy or irregular schedule, we invite you to be a part of staff-led group volunteer projects.
No prior experience is needed for these activities, you will be instructed by and learn from knowledgeable Urban Ecology Center staff. Our drop-in opportunities allow volunteers to help us in our land stewardship and park clean-up efforts. Unlike our Regular Volunteer Opportunities, these projects do not require you to attend an orientation prior to participating.
Drop-in opportunities include:
Get your hands dirty! Help us restore our parks by removing exotic invasive plants and propagating and planting native species. See our calendar for upcoming Burdock Brigade times.
Help create and distribute compost for our community vegetable gardens and make leaf compost for native plantings. See our calendar for upcoming Compost Crew times.
Come out and help us remove exotic invasive plants and add biodiversity by planting native species along the Menomonee River. See our calendar for upcoming Flora Friday times.
Help us improve the health of our forests in Riverside Park and the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum. Who doesn't love trees, right? See our calendar for upcoming Forestry Friday times.
Help keep our parks clean, safe and accessible. Dress for the weather and join other volunteers as we walk through the park picking up trash and noting any maintenance needs. See our calendar for upcoming Park Ranger times.
Work Outside Wednesdays:
Green up your thumbs while keeping the Menomonee Valley's gardens looking great and welcoming to wildlife. See our calendar for upcoming Work Outside Wednesday times.
If you would like to volunteer specifically at one of our branches, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at that branch.
Riverside Park: Meghan Jones,
Menomonee Valley: Chris Steinkamp,
Washington Park: Emily Michi,