We actively manage a number of properties in the Holland/Zeeland area including the 160 acre Outdoor Discovery Center in Fillmore Township (Holland), DeGraaf Nature Center (Holland), and the Rabbit River in Heath Township (Hamilton). As a part of our ongoing maintenance and management, we offer a number of volunteer opportunities to help maintain these properties. We appreciate the time and energy community volunteers provide and know their help is crucial to successful habitat management.
Events such as Treats and Trails, Macatawa Water Festival, and the Migratory 5K Fun Run also offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Event volunteers help for the duration of the event, tasks range from set up to parking and wildlife assistant to tear down. Volunteering for an event helps make the event fun and memorable for all participants.
We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to further our mission to connect people with nature.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Conservation Work Days
As a part of our ongoing maintenance and management, we offer a number of volunteer opportunities to help maintain these properties. We appreciate the time and energy community volunteers provide and know their help is crucial to successful habitat management. Click to learn more.
VoLes – Volunteer League
This program is designed for 12-18 year olds who will work with a staff member on a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks. We will spend time caring for our captive wildlife, improving the nature preserve by removing invasive species and installing native plants, and a number of other activities that further our goal of connecting people with nature. Click to learn more.
Corporate Employee Volunteer Groups
Volunteer projects are offered for local companies that partner with the ODC Network. The projects and the resources needed to complete them are identified in partnership by a corporate team leader and ODC staff. If you are interested in a volunteer project, please contact Ashley Van Zee.
ODC Network Advisory Committees
The ODC Network has multiple advisory committees to help provide expertise for staff on a variety of topics. These committees meet regularly throughout the year and are an important part of how the ODC Network meets its mission. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ashley Van Zee.
Preparing for Volunteering
- protective work gloves
- insect repellent
- eye protection (if needed)
- trimmers, loppers, hand saws
- hauling, bagging materials
Other Items to Consider (not provided)
- long pants/sleeves
- work/rubber boots
- gloves/personal protection gear