Blog Post #2
I have chosen to volunteer at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside. Their mission statement is to “[conserve] our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan and [provide] meaningful experiences and environmental education for all”. The center encompasses 185 acres of native Wisconsin species.
My service learning placement involves land stewardship along the outdoor trails. Based off of the conversations I’ve had with volunteer coordinators and employees, some of the environmental problems the center is trying to solve include eliminating weeds and providing safe trails for the public to follow so they do not endanger any of the work the center is doing.
I have been working on laying down chips for the trails, moving wood off the sides of the main roads and killing weeds like buckthorn and emerald ash, among others.
One week, I watched an employee cut down a few trees. I helped him drag the wood throughout some trails that lazy visitors had taken to avoid the trails laid out by the center and its employees.
Below is a photo of some of the beautiful trees on the land. I return to this photo often and I am still in awe.
You can learn more about the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center here.