Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for a list of current volunteeer opportunities.

Volunteer Application
Please email your application to

Volunteer Educators Schedule

Summer means we switch from school kids to day campers! Volunteer Educators are essential to the success of our youth programs as they help lead nature walks on the trails, assist with public programming, and so much more. Interested in joining the VEC? Please contact Head Naturalist Wendy Jones. Dress for walking the trails. All volunteers are welcome to attend any session of interest.

Day Camp Preview & Tallgrass Prairie
Wednesday, May 24, 3–5pm

Tallgrass Prairie
Thursday, June 15, 1–3pm
Thursday, July 13, 3–5pm
Saturday, August 12, 9:30–11am

Fernwood honors its volunteers each spring during National Volunteer Week.

2017 Volunteer of the Year
Dick Niemi

Dick Niemi, Volunteer of the Year 2017

The Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2009 to recognize Fernwood's outstanding volunteers and is named for its first recipient, Joanne Sims of Lakeside. Joining Sims on the list of recipients have been photographer, Phil DeVore of Sawyer, past board president, Johanna Money of South Bend, former Niles attorney, Chris Lynch, Lynda Pelkey of Berrien Springs, Barb Dragomer of Berrien Springs, the Michiana Unit of the Herb Society of America, Phyllis Carlson of Niles, and most recently, Dick Niemi of South Bend. Fernwood currently has more than 250 volunteers who logged nearly 9,000 hours this past year in various capacities.

If you are not currently a Fernwood volunteer and would like to join our volunteer staff, please fill out and mail a volunteer applicationemail us, give us a call at 269.695.6491, or just stop in! We are pleased and grateful for your continued support!