Current Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Work Days

Friday, April 21 • White River County Park Workday – Register HERE

Join the Geneva Lake Conservancy staff and volunteers on Friday, April 21st from 9 am to 2 PM as we remove invasive plants and plant natives!

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM– Removal of invasive plants and planting natives
12:00 PM-12:30 PM– Lunch provided by GLC
12:30 PM-2:00 PM- Make seed bombs
White River County Park is located at 6503 Sheridan Springs Rd, Lake Geneva
 
GLC will provide loppers and gloves. We ask that volunteers please wear hard-soled, close-toed shoes (some running shoes, for example, might have a flimsier rubber sole rather than a hard sole). Please dress for the weather as we will be outdoors the entire workday.
GLC will provide lunch for those wanting one. Lunch includes the following: sandwich, bag of chips, cookie, and water

 

Friday, April 28 • 9 am – Noon – Bromley Woods Work Day – Register HERE

Join the Geneva Lake Conservancy staff and volunteers on Friday, April 28th from 9am – Noon as we remove invasive buckthorn from our Bromley Woods Preserve!

Buckthorn trees threaten oak habitats, thus affecting migrating songbirds, pollinators, and other wildlife. As a deciduous oak forest, Bromley Woods provides significant habitat for this wildlife. We will be removing and burning buckthorn in the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to restore this beautiful oak forest!

Bromley is located at W5798 Greening Road, Whitewater. We’ll meet at the Preserve parking lot.

GLC will provide loppers and gloves, and we ask that volunteers please wear hard-soled close-toed shoes (some running shoes, for example, might have a flimsier rubber sole rather than a hard-sole.)

Please dress for the weather as we will be outdoors. No restrooms on site.

GLC will provide lunch for those wanting one: Lunch includes the following, sandwich, bag of chips, cookie, and water.

 

Saturday, September 30 • 10 am – 1 pm  – Hackmatack Seed Harvest

Join Geneva Lake Conservancy and Kettle Moraine Land Trust for a seed-collection outing to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.  We’ll be harvesting ripe seed of native prairie plants at the Turner Tract, just northwest of Genoa City, Wisconsin – N545/N615 County Hwy H, Genoa City. This 86 acre tract is ½ mile north of Genoa City on the west side of County Highway H. Look for the brown and white Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge sign. Turn in at the sign and park in the lot.

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2012, spanning the state line in McHenry County, Illinois and Walworth County, Wisconsin. The Turner Tract was the first portion of the refuge to be open to the public. Former agricultural lands occupying portions of the site were seeded with native prairie plants by Ducks Unlimited prior to the transfer of the property to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for inclusion in the Refuge.

Volunteers from throughout the Hackmatack region will be on hand to harvest native prairie seeds under the guidance of professional staff from Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes or boots, and a sun hat.  Please bring your own seed collection bag (a reusable grocery bag is fine) and your own  water. Seeds collected there during the Land Trust Days event will be turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for native species enrichment within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. More information on Hackmatack here, and Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge boundary map  here.