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Volunteer Workday @ Meadowbrook

January 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Our campaign against hard-stemmed invasive plants at Meadowbrook continues!

Volunteers like you began helping us to clear harmful non-native plants and trees from the ADA Accessible Trail back in November. Through a series of return engagements in our ongoing Meadowbrook Monday program, we beat these woody interlopers back from the ADA loop. As the weeks passed, our workday crews pushed deep off-trail into the brush. We’ve managed to isolate a dense patch of multiflora rose and round-leaf bittersweet in a small interior section of the preserve. This tangled, thick patch will be our focus on the 5th of January as we work toward our goal:  to finish our sweep through the target area. It’s hard work, and extremely satisfying. Even more than that, invasive species removal is a great way to get an intimate look at the preserve while helping to ensure that native plants and wildlife can continue to thrive here.

Volunteers Kevin Finley, Elaina Chavez, and Bob Schacht work along Meadowbrook’s ADA-accessible trail at the beginning of the invasive species management project.

Be prepared to work outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions on the workday may be damp and will likely be chilly.  Volunteer workdays are held in all types of weather, although if conditions become hazardous during or leading into the workday, we may be forced to cancel abruptly. Your safety is our first concern! We’ll provide all the necessary equipment, gear, light snacks, and water. As always, we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle.

So that we can best plan for the workday, please RSVP through the website form below. Question? Call the office at 219-242-8558 or email

Please fill out the online Volunteer Application prior to attending. We will also have hard copies for you at this volunteer event. Stop by to lend a hand and chat with our staff about other opportunities that will engage your skills and pique your interests!


January 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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