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.


Note: Volunteers are selected for positions based on interest, skill set, & availability.


To begin your volunteer journey with SHADOW:

1. Review the volunteer positions at the bottom of this page

2. Select up to 3 positions you are interested in, make sure to review the commitment requirements

3. Fill out the Volunteer Inquiry Form

4. Wait for a reply from SHADOW staff




Volunteer Inquiry Form:

Open Volunteer Positions – Job Descriptions


Restoration Assistant – Work independently during the week to help complete special restoration projects at SHADOW. You will be trained on noxious weed removal, native tree/shrub planting techniques, & other restoration related activities. (6-month commitment required)

Restoration Work Party Volunteer – Join our Restoration Work Party on-call list, held most Saturday’s from 10 am to 2pm at SHADOW.  (no commitment required)

Native Plant Garden Attendent Help SHADOW care for our Native Plant Garden by caring for native plants and doing light weeding. Training is provided, no experience necessary. (3-month commitement required)



Educator  – Help lead environmental education activities for K-12 groups coming to SHADOW for field trips. You will learn how to give guided bog tours tailored to youth and how to lead education activities here at SHADOW. This volunteer job is on-call, weekdays, and typically in the morning and early afternoons. (6-month commitment required)

Community Class Host – Create and host a Community Class, offered to both, adults and children. You can lead a Bird Walk, teach the community how to help pollinators or how to build a bat box! Classes are held Weekday evenings or Saturdays. Classes can be held virtually. Experience in an environmental/naturalist field is a must.

Guided Nature Walk Lead Lead ONE Guided Nature Walk a month (must be available Friday Morning from 9:45am – 11:15am) on a variety of nature related topics. These nature walks are a loose structure walk designed to engage the community in the outdoors and SHADOW. (6-month commitment required)



Event Staff – Have fun and help SHADOW have successful events! Be on-call to assist SHADOW with major events including a Summer Fundraiser, Neighborhood Open House and Frog Frolic. Event Staff activities will vary depending on event and needs. (On-call; committed to helping at one event per year)

Fundraiser –Help SHADOW raise critical funds for our programs by assisting with their silent auction, campaigns, fundraisers, & other development work. No experience required, can be done remotely! (3-month commitment)



Maintenance Helper – Have some maintenance skills or wanting to learn? Help SHADOW maintain its grounds, office, and more. (No commitment)