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Volunteer Workday @ Ritchie

May 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Porter County’s J. Timothy Ritchie Nature Preserve is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, as far as nature preserves and hiking trails go. Tucked between residential streets in a quiet Chesterton neighborhood, the trails and entrance to the preserve are easily overlooked. A wide variety of native plant species thrive within the forest understory, including some magnificent spring ephemerals that should be on display in grand fashion by the time of this workday. On Friday, May 10th, we’ll remove brush, yard waste, and trash from the preserve, helping maintain the delicate ecological balance that makes Ritchie so special.
Volunteers clear brush during a past workday at Ritchie.

Be prepared to work outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions on the workday may be damp or 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!




Thanks for signing up to clean and protect Ritchie!

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May 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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