Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for Clean Water

Join us to have fun and feel good protecting our watershed! No experience is necessary to participate in any of these opportunities. All training and equipment will be provided by the MACC, as well as snacks and refreshments. These opportunities are scheduled at various times throughout the year, so check our calendar often to see what’s scheduled. Better yet, sign up to receive our newsletter to be directly notified of volunteer events!

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 2018 Event Dates

See below for descriptions and any restrictions on participation

April 28, 1-4pm: River Cleanup at Dunton Park boat launch, registration required to the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

May 25, 8:30am-noon: Smallenburg Park Rain Garden Maintenance, registration appreciated to kgoward@the-macc.org

June 2, 9am-1pm: Macroinvertebrate Monitoring (lunch provided), meet at the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, registration required to kgoward@the-macc.org (please include number of people and indicate any dietary restrictions)

September 29, 1-4pm: River Cleanup at Kollen Park

October 6, 9am-1pm: Macroinvertebrate Monitoring (lunch provided)

River Cleanup

  • Every spring and fall
  • Typically scheduled for 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon
  • location varies between Kollen Park, Dunton Park, and Window on the Waterfront
  • All ages welcome, under 16 accompanied by an adult
  • Pick up trash walking along the shore or from the water in kayaks
  • Great for groups such a Boy/Girl Scouts, Youth Groups, employee volunteer days

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

  • Every spring and fall
  • Typically scheduled for 4 hours on a Saturday morning (lunch provided)
  • 7 locations throughout the watershed
  • Volunteers meet at a central location, form teams and carpool to the monitoring sites
  • Teens and up, under 16 accompanied by an adult
  • Jobs include: collecting bugs in the stream with nets, sorting through the collection, identifying and counting the bugs, filling out the data sheet

Road-Stream Crossing Inventories

  • Spring through fall every year
  • Typically schedule for 3.5 hours on a weekday or Saturday morning
  • Volunteers meet at a central location, form teams and carpool to the crossings
  • Teams of 3+ people typically completed 3 or 4 sites
  • Ages 18 and up only
  • Comprehensive measurements of the crossing, the stream and the road
  • Conditions can include steep slopes and noxious plants

Smallenburg Park Rain Garden Maintenance

  • Every spring, sometimes fall
  • Typically scheduled for 3.5 hours on a weekday morning
  • Ages 10 and up, under 16 accompanied by an adult
  • Involves pulling or digging weeds and invasive species as well as removing trash and other debris
  • Conditions include wet/muddy soil and noxious plants

Habitat Assessments

  • Spring or fall, every 5 years
  • Typically scheduled for 3 hours on a weekday afternoon
  • Same 7 locations as macroinvertebrate monitoring
  • Volunteers meet at a central location, form teams and carpool to the monitoring sites
  • Teens and up, under 16 accompanied by an adult
  • Includes visual assessment of stream habitat and some measurements