Our missionTo conserve its natural environment as a sanctuary for native plants and animals and to serve as a community resource for environmental education that fosters an understanding, appreciation, and stewardship ethic for our natural world.
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Ways to help

Nest Box Monitors

We are again looking for dedicated volunteers to monitor our songbird nest boxes this year. This very important opportunity helps us to keep track of not only bluebirds, but also wrens, swallows, chickadees, and other small birds that use these boxes.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Land Stewardship

With almost 500 acres to call our own, many hands make light work. We are always looking for people who enjoy being in the middle of it all at Seven Ponds. Pulling invasives, nestbox monitoring, trail trimming, and general habitat restoration are one of the many tasks that can keep our land beautiful.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Garden Volunteers

Volunteers are also needed to join the Herb and Garden Groups in caring for the beautiful gardens at Seven Ponds. These gardens are a beautiful focal point during the summer months for teaching and reflection. If you are interested in doing general garden maintenance for the Butterfly Garden, the Herb Garden or the Woodland Wildflower Area, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Maintenance

If you like repairing and building new projects, then helping in the maintenance department might just be the thing for you. With almost 500 acres and three buildings to take care of our dedicated maintenance staff is always hard at work. If you like working with your hands by mulching trails, clearing fallen trees, mowing, building a wide variety of projects, machinery repair, and more, you will find fulfillment in this area.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Collections

Seven Ponds has a large scientific collection that we continue to grow for teaching purposes. At the beginning of each year we need dedicated volunteers to help taxidermy our salvaged specimens for permanent housing at the center. This is only available to adults who can commit to working on a specimen start to finish. Animal Care opportunities may also be available to help in the feeding and cleaning of our live animals housed in Critter Corner.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Friends of Seven Ponds

One of our most active and vital volunteer organizations is the Friends of Seven Ponds, also known as “The Stingers.” If you would like to help out with the Bake Sales, Book Sale, Rummage Sale, Resale Shoppe, and the Holiday Auction, The Stingers would love to have you.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Adult (ASNAT) Classes

Do you love teaching people about our natural world? Does working with kids excite you? You might be interested in becoming one of our dedicated Assistant Naturalists (ASNATs for short.) ASNATs help in leading groups of all ages but focus mainly on children visitors. ASNAT classes are given once a month to better prepare for interpreting the world around you to our inquisitive guests. Come strengthen your skills and inspire people for years to come.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Special Events

Seven Ponds holds several special events throughout the year to celebrate or raise money for the nature center. Volunteers are always needed for Holiday Auction, Corks and Caps, Winterfest, Party at the Ponds, Eco Days/The Native Plant Sale, and Enchanted Woodland. If you thrive around a lot of people and activity, we would love to have you.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpSeven Ponds Nature Center is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help out in a variety activities throughout the year. Adult, college and high school volunteers who are willing to lend a hand are welcome. We appreciate any time you can give us no matter how big or how small.
About usWelcome to Seven Ponds Nature Center! Established in 1967, Seven Ponds is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our aim is to connect people with nature through environmental education, outreach, and experience. Our interpretive building sits on nearly 350 acres of woodlands, wetlands, ponds, fields, and prairie. Adding our Jonathan Woods and Richie Pond Preserve properties brings our total acreage close to 500, allowing plenty of space for you to find a peaceful retreat.
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