The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

13170 S W Bay Shore Dr #102, Traverse City, MI 49684
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Our mission The Watershed Center advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve the Bay’s watershed.
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Ways to help

General office tasks

We’re usually looking for volunteers with computer/office skills who can help with tasks such as data entry, mailing preparations, or simple organizing.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays


Looking for a volunteer opportunity to do with others? This program is perfect for families, schools, neighborhood groups, office teams and takes a few hours twice a year.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends


These events take place along Grand Traverse Bay’s beaches and involve removing trash and other debris.
  • Occasional
  • Children, Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekends

Beach Rangers

Interested in walking a stretch of the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay shoreline? Sign up to help us track avian botulism by becoming a Beach Ranger.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Watershed Warrior

Join the growing list of engaged citizens committed to taking a stand for clean water. These citizen advocates speak up effectively and at opportune times to oppose threats to water quality in their community and to support local decisions and efforts that protect water quality.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Office work, Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help There are many ways you can support The Watershed Center. We are always looking for people who want to make a difference by giving their time or talents.
About us There is nowhere in the world quite like the Grand Traverse region, where water flows all around us before finding its way into the Grand Traverse Bay. The Watershed Center has a 20 year history of protecting and preserving Grand Traverse Bay and its 1,000-square mile watershed through on-the-ground projects and advocacy. Our water quality and quality of life are worth protecting. We accomplish this mission through advocacy and on-the-ground restoration projects.
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