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Volunteer Workday @ Ambler Flatwoods, Part III

December 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Calling all Woody Warriors! Join us for the third installment of our invasive species removal at this unique and captivating preserve! The dense, ancient forest of Ambler Flatwoods is home to a multitude of native plant and animal species. We just replaced a large section of the state-dedicated preserve’s boardwalk system so that visitors can continue to safely appreciate the flatwoods ecosystem. Following up on this improvement, we’ve been taking out some invasive species along the trail to enhance the quality of the native habitat even further. We began our efforts earlier this month by restoring the head of the trail leading into the preserve from the north parking lot. We pushed further into the ethereal forest this past Friday, targeting eight different invasive species. On Friday, December 1st, we’ll pick up where we left off, cutting autumn olive, oriental bittersweet, and other unwelcome woody plants that, left unchecked, could outcompete the native flora. Ambler will be looking better than ever!
Volunteers Bob Schact, Susan Proffitt, Larry Stanton, Dominic Yanke, Joe Brennan, and Claudia Wood pose in front of a brush pile created during our most recent workday at Ambler.


Be prepared to work outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions on the workday may be wet and will likely be cold.  We will provide all the necessary equipment, gear, and water. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle!

Please RSVP through the website form below. Question? Call the office at 219-242-8558 or email

Save time by filling out the online Volunteer Application prior to attending. We’ll also have hard copies for you at the workday. Come lend a hand, enjoy some time out in the woods with fellow volunteers, and learn about other meaningful opportunities with Shirley Heinze!