Work in Hillside Woods
Residents of all ages are pulling invasive plants, collecting data, and replanting trees. Join us!
No experience necessary - we train! Got other talents to contribute? Let us know!
For additional volunteer work opportunities that are not in Hillside Woods, see Restoration Hastings
Join a Work Crew - click to sign up
Bring a shovel and work gloves (or borrow from us) and join our effort to remove rampant privet, jetbead, honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and other disruptive plants, as well as plant new ones. Sessions are generally two hours, good exercise—and fun! Students can earn community service hours.
Please wear a mask and tough clothing - we do encounter thorns.
Japanese barberry has gained a foothold in Hillside Woods, and unless it is removed, we may suffer the same fate as some neighboring preserves (see left). Volunteers have surveyed and recorded this invasive shrub in many locations. Join a squad to remove it (by digging it out, shrub by shrub) or if you're trained, you can contact us for an independent assignment.
Volunteers marked and surveyed Norway maple and ailanthus trees in the summer of 2020. Some will be felled by commercial tree companies, smaller ones will be felled by Parks & Rec, and some will be girdled to become "snags" – standing dead trees that provide habitat for birds and insects. Norway maples and ailanthus deteriorate Hillside's ecosystem. Read more about why.
Planting Trees and Flowers
To date we've planted over 100 donated tree seedlings and a handful of wildflowers and shrubs. Plantings will begin in earnest once fencing is erected. You're invited to help!
Members of the 6th Grade Service Club lopping in the Burke Estate, 2020
Working with Hastings Schools
We've engaged students from 4th grade through college on our projects. Students have participated in invasive plant removals, tree plantings, species surveys and communications.
This spring (2021), students from each of the three schools will be planting 175 trees and shrubs.
For more information on any of these projects, email email@example.com. Visit our Volunteer Resources Page for more. You can sign up for a session at any time. No experience necessary: we train!
We also invite community members with writing expertise, an inclination to photograph or a penchant for social media to help us with communications. Students can design internships and conduct research. Community service hour credits available for all activities.