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Volunteer Workday @ Ambler Flatwoods, Part IV

December 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

We’re calling again on our Woody Warriors to come back for the next round! Join us for our FOURTH invasive species workday 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 last month by restoring the head of the trail leading into the preserve from the north parking lot. We pushed further into the ethereal forest over the past few weeks, targeting eight different invasive species. On Wednesday, December 13th, 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. This rare boreal flatwoods habitat grows stronger and more resilient with each engagement!
Volunteers Bob Schact, Susan Proffitt, Larry Stanton, Dominic Yanke, Joe Brennan, and Claudia Wood pose in front of a brush pile created during a 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!