Northern Michigan's rivers, lakes, Great Lakes, wetlands, and ground water need all the help they can get to remain the vital resources that we know and love. Interested in a hands-on approach to water resource protection? Then the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is the place for you!
Volunteering can be performed on a long-term basis such as a few hours every week or by simply lending a hand with a special event. We have an array of volunteer opportunities:
Become an Aquavist
- Our Local Aquavist Network is an informed and empowered activist community dedicated to protecting Northern Michigan's waters. Become part of our unique rapid response team that acts as a voice for the waters in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties.
Volunteer Lake Monitoring
- Volunteers venture out onto the lakes every week during the summer months to collect invaluable water quality data that is used by many organizations and residents in efforts to preserve and improve the health of our lakes.
Volunteer Stream Monitoring
- Volunteer teams monitor the water quality of wadeable streams two times a year, during the spring (May) and fall (September). Teams consist of 3 or more volunteers, including a team leader, team collector and at least one picker. Prior to the outdoor field data collection volunteers receive specialized training. Following the field activities, volunteers and experts gather for an indoor identification session.
- Our education programs range from small gatherings to large conferences. Past educational programs have included an annual Lake Michigan Summer, Experience Lake Charlevoix, Shoreline Stewardship Programs, and Aquatic Field Trips.
Clean Up Projects
- For volunteers that want to make a difference in just a few short hours of volunteer time, our cleanup projects are a great opportunity for involvement. Past cleanup projects have included Healing the Bear River, Stover Creek Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.
Purple Loosestrife Control Project
- The Volunteer Purple Corps project was initiated summer of 2006 to build upon the work of the Michigan State University Purple Loosestrife Project. For this pilot project, volunteers from Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association and Burt Lake Preservation Association worked through the summer to perform a detailed inventory of purple loosestrife in their watersheds. This data will be utilized in the Aquatic Invasive Species Patrol database, and will aid the Watershed Council in prioritizing locations for management and developing a purple loosestrife management plan.
- If getting down and dirty with cleanup projects and lake monitoring is not exactly your cup of tea, Tip of the Mitt Watershed offers volunteers many opportunities to assist us with mailing, data entry, and coordinating our reference library.
If you are interested in volunteering to safeguard
Northern Michigan's waters, please contact us at:
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
426 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI 49770