Volunteer or attend our events! We would love to have you join us. Find events related to different conservation efforts in the tabs below.
- Watershed Health
- Tree Sales
- ICD Events and Regular Volunteering
- Invasive Species
- Hunting and Hunter Safety
Collection events are followed by a Bug ID Night on May 3rd at MSU.
By volunteering, you will be trained to monitor water quality by collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates (insects) from sites within our local watersheds. This is a truly enjoyable event! Make it a family activity- youth aged 12 and up, accompanied by an adult, may participate as well. We hope to see you on April 29th!
Why collect macroinvertebrates? As different insects can tolerate varying levels of pollution, a diverse group of insects means that the stream can also support frogs, fish, and other wildlife. By knowing what streams are impaired, we can focus management activities to help restore our local water quality where it is needed.
There are Spring and Fall collection events, so watch for announcements of those dates year to year.
The ICD organizes or participates in local river cleanups. Dates of any river cleanup events will be announced here.
Each year, the ICD has a Spring and Fall Tree Sale. Check out the Tree Sales page or our Home page to view the catalog and for online ordering. This is also a great opportunity to order some trees to plant around Earth Day. Thank you for your support!
Spring Sale Dates: Sales are on NOW through close of business Monday, April 3rd, 2017. You may order online or in-person at our office Monday-Thursday, 9 am- 3 pm.
Spring Pickup Dates: Friday, April 21 form 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday April 22, from 9 AM to Noon at the ICD office
You may download the Spring catalog Here
We depend on wonderful volunteers to help prepare trees for sale and to help with distribution. This is a fun, social activity for teens and adults. Use the contact us link or call our office to let us know if you can attend one of the following dates.
Tree Wrapping Wednesday April 12th 10am – 2pm
Tree Wrapping Thursday April 13th 10 am – 2pm
Tree Distribution Friday April 21st 10am – 6pm
Tree Distribution Saturday April 22nd 9am – Noon
Invasive Species Papermaking Workshop
Join us for a two-day workshop to learn about invasive species and make your own handmade paper from invasive garlic mustard!
At this workshop, participants will learn how to responsibly create invasive species paper from local fine art photographer Jane Kramer. Jane’s latest exhibition, Foreshadowing – Endangered & Threatened Plant Species, uses shadow images of native plant species printed on handmade invasive species paper. Her pieces highlight the fragility of threatened plants and their struggle to survive in a changing environment that includes invasive species.
Together through two hands-on sessions, participants will be immersed in the paper-making process from beginning to end. In the first session, we will learn how to identify garlic mustard and hit the ICD trails to pull the garlic mustard needed for our workshop. We will then learn how to process plant biomass into pulp. In the second session, we will learn how to make handmade paper and create our own pieces. We hope you can join us for a fun, crafty, and educational weekend!
Saturday, May 20th from 10:00-11:30 am and Sunday, May 21st from 1:00-3:00 pm
Ingham Conservation District, Glassen Center, Located across the street from 1031 W. Dexter Trail, Mason, MI 48854
Cost: $35 per person
Registration is limited
Please RSVP to the ICD at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number or call our office at 517-676-2290
The ICD is currently working on developing and scheduling events and activities for this year. Please check back regularly for updated information and dates. You can also like our Ingham Conservation District Facebook page to stay current on our events.
The ICD also hosts workshops and educational series throughout the year, as well as other conservation-related activities such as tire recycling. Watch for updates here.
Want to volunteer with ICD on a regular basis?
We have a wonderful group of volunteers that you are more than welcome to join! If you would like to volunteer at the Conservation District, volunteers come on Mondays from 9 am-Noon to take on a variety of projects. Feel free to contact the office if you are interested. We use volunteers for light physical work, maintaining the property and intellectual involvement. We also utilize volunteers to help with landowner clinics and hunter education/training classes. If you would like to stick your toe in the water before you jump in, take a walk on the property and see what there is to work with and formulate ideas to share with us.
Garlic Mustard Pull and Pizza Night at ICD, Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 – 4:30-6:30 pm. Please RSVP using the button below, or call our ICD office at (517) 676-2290.
This invasive plant spreads rapidly, but is easy to hand-pull. A perfect volunteer opportunity for Scouts, students, and anyone interested in local conservation. After the pull, stay for pizza!
Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training, May 8, 2017
This is a great training for community groups of all types looking to become involved in invasive species education and outreach- fishing clubs, paddling clubs, lake associations, Friends of river groups, Parks and Recreation staff, students interested in environmental work, and more! This May, we will offer two different dates and locations for training. More information about CBCW at www.micbcw.org.
At this free training, you will first be taught how to inspect boats and educate boaters, then how to teach adult and youth teams how to educate boaters about where they are most likely to find invasive species on their recreational watercraft and how to demonstrate that to others.
Training Dates and Details:
- Ingham County- Monday, May 8th from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Lansing City Market in Lansing, MI. Please enter through the Waterfront Bar & Grill. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
- Ionia County- Wednesday, May 10th from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Buddy’s on the Beach in Lake Odessa, MI. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling our office at (517) 676-2290. Please note any dietary needs or allergies.
The ICD hosts Hunter Safety classes each year in partnership with the Ingham Chapter Pheasants Forever. These classes are offered free of charge. Field Days and full 2-day Traditional Courses are available. Dates and registration information are listed below. Find more information on deer hunting at the ICD at the Hunting at ICD page.
Field Days are available to students who have already completed an online course. Students must bring proof of class completion with them to the Field Day. Snacks will be provided.
Fall Field Days TBD
TRADITIONAL 2-DAY CLASSES
Students wishing to take a traditional 2-day course can register for the dates in April. Lunch will be provided.
April 8th and 9th Traditional Class
(Sat. 8:30 am- 3:00pm and Sun 8:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Questions and Registration information must be submitted to PF here. Please include full name, age, contact number and date attending. Course end times may vary. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.