The work of the Conservancy to protect our natural, scenic and farm lands, and advance stewardship could not happen without passionate advocates for the natural world. As Edward Abbey put it, “The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” We need you to share your enthusiasm for the incredible places in northern Michigan that are sure to foster future generations of environmental stewardship.

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Volunteer hike leaders are required to undergo training to ensure you are prepared to safely represent the Conservancy on hikes and on our Nature Preserves. Hike leaders may choose a subject to highlight alongside the property including birding, botany, herpetology, geology, natural history or any subject that you are passionate about and fosters excitement for the natural world. No matter the focus of the hike, all hike leaders are responsible for relaying the following:

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


Much of the event work will depend on the location of the event, though some tasks may occur in our offices at 3860 N Long Lake Rd, Suite D.


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

  • Passion for (any) aspect of 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 requirements will vary depending on the type and number of hikes you take on. All time requirements will be explained before you sign up for a specific task and may range from a couple of hours, to a couple of days’ worth of work.


All hike leaders will receive an overview of the Conservancy, and training specific to the projects they take on. You will be paired with an experienced staff member to provide oversight, training and assistance throughout your volunteering!

If you’re excited to learn about and help us lead hikes, sign up to be a volunteer today!