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Winter Tree ID Virtual Workshop

Zoom

Learn how to identify trees, even when all their leaves have long fallen off. Join this free webinar to gain skills that can be used all year long!

Free

Volunteer! Native Plant Restoration at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Help use restore the native plants at the newly renovated parking lot and pavilion at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. We will be "bumping up," or transferring, native plant seedlings, grown by volunteers, into larger pots in order to prepare them to be planted in the ground. This workday will play a huge role in restoring and …

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Earth Day 2023: Garlic Mustard Pull @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

Get rid of garlic mustard, a highly invasive plant, and lend a hand to Mother Nature on Earth Day.

Meadowbrook Monday: Seed Cleaning

Our volunteer program doesn't slow down just because it's cold out. Join us in the Meadowbrook office conference room to enjoy the warmth of fellowship while cleaning native seeds! Native plant propagation is one of the most important aspects of stewardship at Shirley Heinze. As we've seen throughout our schedule of workdays over the past …

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Meadowbrook Monday

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

It's time to start hitting the trails, knocking back brambles and clearing small limbs for the increased hiking that'll come with warmer weather. Trail maintenance is a substantial part of Meadowbrook Monday and a great way to get some scenic views of this beautiful preserve. Looking down from the top of a ravine at the …

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Volunteer Workday @ Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Garlic mustard grows on a ravine slope this spring at Meadowbrook. Meadowbrook Nature Preserve has some of the prettiest views in the Region, but aggressive and invasive garlic mustard has cropped up in many areas along the trails and brush needs to be pulled.  It's a great way to get an intimate look at the …

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Meadowbrook Monday

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Our continuing Meadowbrook Monday engagements encompass all manner of volunteer work, from trail maintenance and invasive species control to cleaning seeds and addressing envelopes for fundraising campaigns. It's a great way to help us with important stewardship goals, and meet like-minded people in the process! Meadowbrook Monday continues to be a popular regular event among …

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Meadowbrook Monday

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Our continuing Meadowbrook Monday engagements encompass all manner of volunteer work, from trail maintenance and invasive species control to cleaning seeds and addressing envelopes for fundraising campaigns. It's a great way to help us with important stewardship goals, and meet like-minded people in the process! Meadowbrook Monday continues to be a popular recurring event among …

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Free

Volunteer Workday @ Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

  Garlic mustard grows on a ravine slope this spring at Meadowbrook. Meadowbrook Nature Preserve has some of the prettiest views in the Region, but aggressive and invasive garlic mustard has cropped up in many areas along the trails and brush needs to be pulled.  It's a great way to get an intimate look at …

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Free