Join the SHADOW Volunteer Team Today

Meet new friends, spend time in the great outdoors, and expand your environmental knowledge at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. For over 20 years, SHADOW has been a volunteer-driven organization! Much of what we do would not occur without the hard work of volunteers THANK YOU!

At SHADOW, we believe that volunteering should be a rewarding experience and provide our volunteers with opportunities for education and growth.

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Restoration Work Parties


The Restoration Work Parties are held on (most) Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm and range from a variety of tasks benefiting the Nature Preserve and its programs. Common activities include removal of invasive plants, planting of native species, and maintenance work on trails.

Please RSVP to your first work party (contact us) and plan to arrive around 15 minutes early. Work Parties are held outside rain or shine, so please wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy and are weather appropriate. We also suggest that you bring a sunscreen, water bottlewarm layersrain gear, and a lunch if you would like one.

All necessary tools and training will be provided by SHADOW’s staff and veteran volunteers. Simply come with your outdoor gear (listed above) and a smile! Restoration Work Parties have varying levels of difficulty, and there are ways to fit in volunteers of all ability levels.


Restoration Work Party Schedule 


Event & Office Volunteers


SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is always looking for volunteers to staff various community classes and events and to help in the office. As a small organization, SHADOW can offer flexible volunteer hours and the freedom to explore projects of interest. The SHADOW office is an accommodating and welcoming space and the Nature Preserve’s small staff are always grateful for help!

If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming class or event please view our calendar and contact us to let us know what event you are interested in working at. If you would like to learn more about office and weekday volunteer opportunities please contact us! Please note that SHADOW’s office is open Wednesday – Friday.


Corporate Days of Service

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is a perfect setting for your next corporate day of service or office retreat. Come spend a day at the Nature Preserve and bond as a team, as you learn about local environmentalism and enjoy the great outdoors. Start the morning off with a tour of the famous Shadow Lake Bog, the gem of the Nature Preserve. After some field work, spend your afternoon enjoying drinks and an open-air BBQ! Field work varies based on group size and ability level but tasks and format are similar to SHADOW’s Restoration Work Parties. Hang around after your donated hours enjoying a picnic lunch or fire up SHADOW’s BBQ.

Schedule based on availability.

To learn more and schedule a visit please contact us!


Are you passionate about environmental protection? Do you have a strong desire to help others? Do you want to spend your summer outside surrounded by beautiful nature?

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is accepting internship applications now!

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Frog Frolic

Join the volunteer team for SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s largest event of the year. Lead educational activities for children and adults, take guests on tours of our 5,000-year-old peat bog, and become a bog ambassador.

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