Kent County Parks
Kent County Parks

Volunteer Services

GVSU Volunteers at MillenniumHabitat Restoration or Preservation Projects
We have many opportunities for volunteers to help restore or preserve a specific habitat site at their favorite Kent County Park. Projects may include removing invasive species, planting native species, making Native Plant Species seed balls, restoring or monitoring a butterfly habitat area, and more!
These opportunities are great for individuals, families and groups of all ages!
For more on the opportunities below, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
tree planting at Creeekside tree panting
Tree Planting
Native tree planting projects can be scheduled at various County Park sites depending on need. Also, we can develop a special tree planting project for your group.
Species Cataloging Project
Volunteers have been supporting this ongoing species identification and cataloging project at various Kent County Park sites.  Some knowledge of tree, plant or invasive species is requested. Information gathered from the cataloging project will help determine which park areas will be designated as high priority sites for habitat preservation and invasive control. This project is perfect for Master Naturalist students, environmental enthusiasts and students who are majoring in Natural Resources or Environmental Management degrees.
Native Prairie Grass Seed Harvesting Native Prairie Seed Harvest Project and Training
Special Event • October
Native Prairie Seeds are harvested by volunteers each fall to use for making Native Prairie Seed Balls throughout the year. Students from all over Kent County have participated in making seed balls that are distributed in early spring to support Native Prairie species habitat areas.  This fun project is great for volunteers of all ages!
native-species-planting-Townsend Annual Native Species Planting at Townsend Park
Special Event • Mid-October
A great opportunity for volunteers of all ages to learn more about Native Plant species while supporting natural habitat sites throughout Townsend Park! Join a team of volunteers to plant Native Plants and Trees – and to spread Native Prairie seeds that have been harvested by volunteers during October seed harvesting events. A grill out lunch and beautiful fall colors are provided!
Interpretive Trail Development
Interpretive nature trails are in the planning stages for specific County Park sites. An interpretive trail will include signage explaining the natural features and plant and wildlife species of the park site. Help is needed to identify site features, catalog species along a trail section and assist with the interpretive trail plan. Great opportunity for college students, Master Naturalists and nature enthusiasts.