VOLUNTEERING EVENTS

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Adopt-a-Trail

The Adopt-a-Trail project gives a volunteer the opportunity to "adopt" a portion of Negwegon's hiking trail system or shoreline. The volunteers would monitor the trail each season, pick up any trash, and submit a brief report on the condition of the designated area.

Event Shelter
We are currently seeking grants to construct a sheltered structure to be used for general information about the park, flora and fauna, cultural, historical, and archaeological interpretation. The spectrum of users: casual visitors, student groups, dark sky program users, marine sanctuary divers and boaters, Friends of Negwegon, researchers, and stewardship users. T
he Sunrise Garden club has generously supported this project for a numbers of years.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day of giving to places following the "Cyber Monday" shopping event. For 5 years, the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) has sponsored a Giving Tuesday Marketing Campaign with 60 other nonprofit organizations to raise funds for the good of our communities. This event is a 24-hour event, starting at 12 AM December 1, 2020 and ending at 12 AM December 2th, 2020. FONSP has established a permanent endowment fund through the CFNEM. Giving Tuesday donations will go into Negwegon State Park Friends Endowment Fund, and will be used to control invasive species, educate people about the park's assets, and engage in research projects to understand the complex plant and animal communities within the park.

 

Clicking on the image below will take you to the Giving Tuesday page on the CFNEM website if you wish to apply for Giving Tuesday.

Invasive, Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species

FONSP work with the DNR stewardship plan to map, identify, and control invasive species that threaten the unique natural plant and animal communities as well as the cultural features within the park. A volunteer project may include mapping the species location within the park (using GPS), and assisting with the removal of specific plants in targeted areas along with monitoring effectiveness. FONSP is partnering with Huron Pines on several ongoing projects involving control of invasive species.

Student Education

We partner with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in supporting Elementary and Secondary student “Place Based” educational projects in the park.We supported a three year student lead interpretive sign project that involved researching, developing, designing and installing interpretive signs in several spots in the park. We support student field trips to the park each year.

Trail Maintenance

FONSP help maintain more than 10 miles of trails within the park. The ash tree die off has resulted in many dead and fallen trees blocking the trails, and is currently considered an ongoing project.