“We retired to Door County because we’d had enough ‘pavement pounding’ and loss of nature in our earlier lives. So when the chance to preserve the canal property occurred, it was a no-brainer - do whatever possible to save this splendid place. Thanks to the Land Trust and many, many dedicated folks, the Ship Canal Nature Preserve has become and will remain a public treasure.”

- Bill Utley, Preserve Steward and avid hiker

Your Time Makes a Big Difference

Volunteers are vital to the Land Trust’s mission. They infuse energy and new ideas into exciting projects and events and serve a key role in community engagement. Volunteer work includes stewarding the land and preparing nature preserves for public use, assisting with events, serving as a representative of the Land Trust at festivals, administrative tasks, and much more.

We are indebted to our volunteers’ commitment to protecting Door County’s exceptional lands and waters since the Land Trust’s founding in 1986.

Scheduled Opportunities

Whether you devote a single afternoon or several hours a month, the Land Trust appreciates your contribution. We’ll partner your skills and interests with a task that needs care.

Land Stewardship - Remove invasive plants, blaze and maintain trails, and make general repairs and improvements to our nature preserves. For information and to register, click here. 

Special Member Events & Outings - Help with set up, clean up, serving or decorating, or join a committee to help plan one of our events or outings. For information and to register, click here.


Ongoing Opportunities

To sign up for ongoing tasks, simply click here to go to our contact page, complete your contact information and interest survey. We'll be in touch within a few business days.

Hike Leaders - Lead, co-lead, or assist with guiding groups on our nature preserves.

Community Science – Collect data on the flora and fauna on the preserves to better inform land stewardship decisions.

Community Outreach - Host booths at community events, distribute brochures to visitor centers and local businesses, and more.

Mailing Parties / short-term or long-term Office Work - Mail event invitations, newsletters, and membership renewals with a group. Assist with administrative office tasks.