Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Our mission To protect significant natural, scenic and farm lands - and advancing stewardship - now and for future generations.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

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Office Administration Volunteer

We’re all pulling together to achieve our common mission – protecting and stewarding the regions natural, scenic and iconic farmlands for all future generations and all of our projects require a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work right here in our offices on N Long Lake Rd. The integrity of the conservancy is paramount to our success in protecting land, and excellence in relationship management, data entry, database management and other office administration tasks is key.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Event Volunteer

The work of the Conservancy to protect our critically important lands is a noble and compelling cause for many, and we need your help to spread the word! GTRLC plans a wide array of events every year in hopes of bringing new people to our Nature Preserves to instill a conservation ethic, expand access to nature for all and increase support for the Conservancy. Toward these goals, the Conservancy hosts public hikes, volunteer workdays, booths at conferences, celebrations of our accomplishments and more. With your help, we will be able to host and participate in stellar events that serve to increase the support and awareness of the work we do!
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Preserve Steward

Each and every time a piece of land is protected by the GTRLC, long term stewardship is involved. It’s an extremely important, ever-expanding and never-ending part of protecting treasured natural features across the five county region. GTRLC owns and maintains dozens of nature preserves encompassing over 10,000 acres of protected land under our management, and the number keeps growing! Because of the expansive nature of the preserves, staff cannot singlehandedly care for them. We need your help to clear trails, maintain signage, monitor plants and wildlife and be our eyes and ears on the ground!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Invasive Species Control

For 30 years, the GTRLC has been entrusted with the task of preserving and protecting the natural heritage of the region. A critical aspect of long-term stewardship on our preserves is maintaining and restoring natural ecosystems, as such the removal of invasive species is essential to our vision. Long-term invasive species monitoring is vital for keeping track of species locations and determining management priorities. In addition, these efforts can aid in early detection of potential invasive species, providing us the opportunity to prevent their spread. Volunteers are indispensable, and their engagement is critical to the continued success of invasive species control.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Trail Building and Maintenance

The GTRLC's sustainable trail systems offer Nature Preserve visitors an exceptional experience that supports healthy lifestyles, equitable access to nature and serve as the foundation of support for the Conservancy. We are able to connect with new and existing supporters on guided hikes, through our interpretive signage or through individual tours, all of which take place on our trail systems! As such, keeping our trails in pristine condition and offering a variety of opportunities throughout our service area is crucial to our mission.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Hike Leader/Assistant

The work of the Conservancy to protect our natural, scenic and farm lands, and advance stewardship could not happen without passionate advocates for the natural world. Volunteer hike leaders are required to undergo training to ensure you are prepared to safely represent the Conservancy on hikes and on our Nature Preserves. Hike leaders may choose a subject to highlight alongside the property including birding, botany, herpetology, geology, natural history or any subject that you are passionate about and fosters excitement for the natural world.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Community Science Initiative

Community science is a collaborative effort between scientists and those of us who are curious, concerned, and motivated to make a difference in the natural world. The scientific work undertaken by these members of the general public is invaluable as these large, volunteer-based networks make it possible for scientists to accomplish projects that would otherwise be too expensive or time-consuming through traditional means. Community science brings science within reach for those who are not (or not-yet) scientists, and builds connections between people with shared interests of advancing knowledge, understanding, stewardship, and engagement with the natural world.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help The work of the Conservancy could not happen without passionate advocates for the natural world. We need you to share your enthusiasm for the incredible places in northern Michigan that are sure to foster future generations of environmental stewardship.
About us For nearly three decades, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected and cared for the region’s natural, scenic, farm and forest lands. We focus our land conservation efforts on protecting crucial wildlife habitat and corridors, critical watersheds, unique high-quality farm lands, valuable forestland and ecologically significant dunes along Lake Michigan’s beautiful and endangered shore. We have protected nearly 46,000 acres of land more than 150 miles of shoreline along the region’s exceptional rivers, lakes and streams.
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