“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” – Edward Abbey

The Conservancy’s work is possible thanks to the help of passionate advocates for the natural world. Through volunteering with the Conservancy, you can care for incredible places across northern Michigan that help foster future generations of environmental stewardship.

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Volunteer hike leaders must undergo training to ensure they are prepared to safely lead group hikes at our nature preserves. Hike leaders may highlight topics relevant to the property, including birding, botany, herpetology, geology, natural history, or any other subject they are passionate about that fosters excitement for the natural world.

  • Introduction and background of the Conservancy
  • Background of the property
  • Safety considerations including poison ivy, sunblock, ticks etc.
  • Circulating GTRLC event sign-in sheets (and returning completed sheets to GTRLC)


Work sites will vary depending on the location of each event, though some tasks may occur in our offices or at home.


While not absolutely required, the following qualifications are helpful for this role

  • Passion for the natural world
  • Affinity for the work of the Conservancy
  • Strong communication skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Flexibility
  • First-aid training or experience

Time Commitment

The time commitment will vary depending on the type and the number of hikes a volunteer leads. Before signing up, these requirements will be explained and may range from a couple of hours to several days.


Hike leaders will receive an overview of the Conservancy and training for the work as a hike leader. GTRLC will pair volunteers with an experienced staff member who will provide ongoing oversight, training, and assistance.

Do you want to learn more about our work and help us lead hikes? Sign up today to volunteer!