You can make a difference at Burr Oak Valley Preserve

You Can Help at Burr Oak Valley Preserve

Milkweed seed pod, Photo: Kim Johnsen

Volunteers Needed

NLI hosts volunteer stewardship service days at Burr Oak Valley Preserve (BOVP) on the First Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and Second Monday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) of the month. In the next few months more stewardship days will be added as needed because land management tasks will expand to include preparations for establishing a new prairie in an old field.

In November, several hundred plugs will be planted throughout the 15-acre planting area. Depending on how easy the digging is, and how many volunteers help, this may be an activity that stretches over multiple days. Extra hands for a day or two beyond the typical schedule will be greatly appreciated.

For the month of December, both work days will be held at Nygren Wetland Preserve instead of BOVP. The shop floor will be completely cleared and several piles of seeds will be mixed up. There are hundreds of pounds of seeds that need to be mixed. It might take two days for this task.

The seeds will be hand tossed into the planting area in January, preferably over snow. Volunteer days will be announced during January to take advantage of ideal weather. This will be an all-hands-on-deck sort of task.

If you have any questions and want to volunteer contact Ed Cope (, 815-601-4665) or Zach Grycan (, 920-912-4338).

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