Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for a list of current volunteeer opportunities.

Volunteer Application
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Volunteer Educators Schedule

Do you love nature and working with children? Join our Volunteer Educators Corps and help teach our Environmental Studies Programs (ESP) to local students. Trainings are provided on the trails, natural history, and teaching techniques and are open to all Fernwood volunteers. Please dress for walking the trails. Questions? Contact Naturalist Wendy Jones.

Developing an Environmental Ethic Travelling Naturalist
Wednesday, March 8, 10am–12pm

Plants and the Path of Water
Tuesday, March 28, 2–4pm

Habitats and Insects
Tuesday, April 18, 3–5 pm

May Wildflowers
Wednesday, May 10, 3–5 pm

Fernwood honors its volunteers each spring during National Volunteer Week.

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Phyllis Carlson

Phyllis Carlson

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, and most recently, Phyllis Carlson of Niles. 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!