Summer Work Parties are open to anyone who wants to help out and focus on improving trails and removing invasive species. Please contact Douglas (our volunteer coordinator) if you are interested in attending any of our summer work days:
Saturday July 27
Saturday August 10
Saturday August 17
Join a carpool to the work party by creating a profile in DriveLessConnect.com and searching for the network “McDonald Dunn Forest Volunteers.”
McDonald College Forest trails begin with you! The rewards are great and the requirements are simple. If you enjoy forests, exercise, and meeting others who share common interests, you'll fit right in. Our trails provide recreation for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Have fun being involved and help us provide recreation facilities for future generations. You're invited to help out.
You can make a difference!
Volunteering not only benefits the forest, it benefits you! For more information on how to become a McDonald College Forest volunteer, contact our volunteer coordinator (see contact info at the top of the page).
Learn planning and construction skills and see the results of your work. Communicate ideas about trail needs and recreation opportunities while working alongside McDonald Forest staff members and other volunteers. The College Forest provides training and the tools to help maintain trails, and fight invasive species.
If you prefer a less intense volunteer experience while enjoying the beautiful surroundings consider volunteering in Peavy Arboretum. We have a need for basic landscaping skills such as weeding, invasive removal, pruning and mowing. Peavy Arboretum provides educational and recreational opportunities to forest visitors. Many recreationists bring their families to enjoy this resource.
Invasive Species Removal
The need for invasive species removal is constant. Himilayan blackberry, Scot's Broom and others spread quickly and out-compete native plants for resources and must be removed to encourage native plants to become established. We will teach you how to identify these non-native species and give you the tools to remove them. The benfits of this activity are instantly visible and very rewarding.