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 volunteer work opportunities in our Village that are not in Hillside Woods, see: Restoration Hastings
Bring a shovel and work gloves (or borrow from us) and work to remove rampant disruptive trees and shrubs as well as replant with ecologically beneficial species and water baby seedlings. Sessions are generally two hours on Sunday afternoons, good exercise—and fun! Students can earn community service hours.
There are several kinds in Hillside Woods (read more here). Barberry is especially problematic; elsewhere it has colonized entire understories. Volunteers have surveyed and recorded this invasive shrub in 850 locations in Hillside Woods; we have removed about a quarter of this as of summer 2021. Join a squad to remove it or contact us for an assignment you can do on your own time. Got Japanese barberry in your yard? Consider removing it, as birds eat its berries and drop its seeds wherever they go.
Planting Trees and Flowers
To date we've planted over 450 donated tree and shrub seedlings plus a handful of wildflowers. Plantings will begin in earnest once fencing is erected. You're invited to help!
Working with Hastings Students
We've engaged students from 2nd grade through college on our projects. Students have participated in invasive plant removals, tree plantings, species surveys and communications.
For more information on any of these projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.