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Volunteer Opportunities.

To receive e-mail updates about volunteer work days (other than prescribed burning), please send an e-mail to the Preserve Manager, and ask to be added to the PRESERVE VOLUNTEER LIST.

**Note: All volunteers are now required to sign a waiver of liability form before taking part in volunteer activities on university property. Volunteers under age 19 must have a parental release form. Waivers and parental release forms can be viewed here.


Possible activities include:

Seed collecting:

May be done in spring, summer, or fall.  Fall is usually the best time to help with seed collecting.  Collections may be done at Glacier Creek Preserve, T.L. Davis Prairie, or any one of a number of other native prairies in the area. Please note that collection of seeds or plants at any native prairie site, whether or not managed by the University of Nebraska, is prohibited without permission.

Tree/brush cutting: 

Tree and brush cutting is a priority at T.L. Davis Prairie as well as some locations at Glacier Creek Preserve and other native prairie sites. Volunteers mainly "swamp", or help stack or remove downed trees.   More hands are better than one during tree cutting days. Gloves are essential, and eye protection is always a good idea.   

Invasive Species Control & Preserve Clean-up

We have several invasive species at the preserves that we control. Volunteers are essential in helping us to combat invaders like garlic mustard, leafy spurge, and others. We can also always use your help with preserve clean-up.

Prescribed burning: 

One of the most exciting volunteer opportunities involves prescribed burning.  Burns are conducted every spring, summer and fall at Glaicer Creek Preserve and the ARDC in Mead. We also burn several local prairie preserves in the spring. Get hands-on experience with prescribed burning, and find out what prairie burns look like. Refer to the Prescribed Burn page to find out how you can become a volunteer.



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