Our mission To protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas, and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment.

Little Traverse Conservancy

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Land Stewards

Be our eyes on the ground and feet on the trail. These volunteers commit to a long-term role to care for a particular nature preserve or working forest reserve. They often visit the property throughout the year, clearing trails and walking off track along remote boundary lines. They clean up trash along roadsides, maintain logo signs, and repair anything on the ground that needs TLC. They report back to us twice a year and let us know when a property needs staff attention. We are currently looking to fill this volunteer position at several preserves throughout our service area.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Preserve Perfectionists

Our Thursday volunteer group helps with fieldwork at our properties, from trail clearing and building boardwalks to invasive plant removal. This group really will do anything. Join us if you want to meet new people and laugh a lot!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Work Bees

Occasionally we host work days to build trails, boardwalks, parking areas or similar work. If you are interested, let us know and we will add you to our email list to be notified as these arise.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Hunting Guide

Each October, the Independence Hunt is organized by Operation Injured Soldiers. This weekend is an opportunity for veterans and those with disabilities to participate in a guided hunting experience on private land (including Little Traverse Conservancy properties). With your help, these men and women can have access to the outdoors that they love — and need — and will also provide a deer-camp experience where these hunters can relax, socialize, and recharge. We are looking for experienced hunters to guide a disabled veteran on a Little Traverse Conservancy nature preserve.
  • One-time
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekends

Trash Bashers

Want to help your neighborhood and your community look a little nicer? Join us by adopting a nature preserve roadside. It can be a great way to involve the family and teach them about taking care of their community. Add it to your daily walk and contribute to our mission without taking much time from your day.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Children, Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Outreach & Education

Want to help out in the education department or lead a community field trip? Can you help distribute our publications and maps? Or do you have a particular skill you’d like to share? We’d love to hear more.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Ecostewards (Community Science)

Great for families, Community Science efforts enable us to learn what is on the land and what we are protecting. Whether you have special skills in birding, plant or wildlife identification, carpentry, or want to learn a new skill, you can get involved on your own time, in your way. Volunteer opportunities include: Vernal Pool Monitoring, Forest Health Surveying, American Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring, Bird or Bat Surveying, Native Seed Collecting.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Children, Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Friends of the Viewlands

A small group of dedicated volunteers who help maintain the Offield Family Viewlands Working Forest Reserve for community benefit. Year-round tasks include maintaining trails, flower beds, signs, and structures, helping with habitat restoration projects, and more.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Our volunteers look for meaning and purpose through action. They offer their energy on cold days, expertise on challenging engineering projects, and a positive attitude when the bugs bite.
About us The land is a living resource. When it is overdeveloped or misused, we all suffer. This is particularly critical in the North where natural beauty is our principal attraction, and most people’s livelihoods are derived in some way from the region’s abundant resources. In the last century, the landscape has been changing at a much faster rate than it has been protected in its natural state. In the early 1970s, the Little Traverse Conservancy was founded as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization to take action. More than 270 private properties have been given permanent protection with conservation easements. More than 200 nature preserves open to the public. Several partnerships with local units of government have protected additional lands now open to the public.
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