Volunteer opportunities that you can help with include:
- Adopt-A-Trail - maintain a one mile section on the Glacial Drumlin Trail from Wales Trailhead to the former 18 West Restaurant (west of Hwy 83 and Hwy 18 intersection)
- Hausmann Nature Center - volunteer opportunities available two weekends a month from May through the end of October. Shifts from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 1:00-4:00 pm
- Bake for events - Lapham Loppet, Candlelight Ski/Hike, or Colorama
- Donate food items - apples, oranges, desserts
- Butterfly garden, planting, maintenance, weed control, watering
- Bluebird monitoring
- Candlelight Ski/Hike event is the last Saturday in January - park vehicles, light candles, assist at food donation table inside Trecker Lodge
- Colorama Run/Walk is the first Saturday in October - help at a water stop, registration/t-shirt distribution
- Nordic Ski Series are seven Wednesdays in January and February - registration, collecting bibs outside, timing
- Lapham Loppet is the third Saturday in January - registration, collecting bibs outside, timing
- Buckthorn & Invasive Species (see our Habitat Restoration page for more information)
- Prairie Restoration includes removing invasive species, gathering & collecting seeds (see Habitat Restoration for more information)
- Snowmaking Committee - fundraising and events
- Trail Maintenance (i.e., spreading wood chips, removing loose rocks)
- Work Day/Trail clearing is held in spring and fall
If you wish to assist, go to the Contact Us page, we'd love to have you help us at the Park!
Habitat Restoration / Buckthorn Busters / Billy Goat Gang
Our weekday group (the Buckthorn Busters) and our weekend group (Billy Goat Gang) are volunteers who clear invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle and various invasive plants (i.e., garlic mustard) from the park and who also aid in Prairie restoration efforts. See our Habitat Restoration page for how to help and/or get involved. We have 3 different volunteer crews that meet and work on 1) weekday mornings, and 2) weekend mornings, and 3) several weekday afternoons. We'd love to have you join us! We'll also work with school and corporate groups to shape volunteer work-days to meet your interests.
Adding drainage systems in wet spots on the trails
Clearing Buckthorn at the Overlook Tower Parking Lot
Gathering Seeds to Develop New Prairies
Snowmaking requires many hours of planning and maintenance (year-round) and then operational work (December and January) to run the Snowguns each season. We do most of our own maintenance on our system, including piping, electrical, construction, etc., and would love to have you help us. Use our Contact Us page to let us know if you could be of help!