Monarch Sanctuary Planting - Nov. 4th, 2017 Join us to celebrate the first IWF Certified Sustainable Trail and plant over 2,000 native plants along the Urban Wilderness Trail in Downtown Indianapolis! We are partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and others to establish thriving habitat in the heart of the city.
All tools and materials will be provided. Please come prepared for outdoor work (ie, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and bug spray at your discretion). This event is subject to weather conditions, so keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately. The Monumental Marathon will be taking place, so be prepared for road closures. Parking will be available in the MET School and Goodwill parking lots on Michigan St.
We will meet on the White River Trail overlook south of the IUPUI Softball Complex fields at 8:45am. To volunteer, please use this registration form or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org!
8:45am - Volunteers arrive and check in
9:00am - Kick-off remarks by event organizers
9:30am - Split into work groups
9:30am - 12pm - Planting and interactive education opportunities with local experts
IWF Urban Habitat Garden
In August of 2013, the IWF headquarters moved from our Zionsville location to a historic building on Michigan Street in downtown Indianapolis. The benefits and amenities of the building and location of our new office are incredible! We worked with our new landlord and other building tenants on plans to make the most of our urban office location. On Friday, May 16 2014, we had an amazing group of volunteers who helped plant the beds next to our office with around 400 native plants. We are still formulating plans to install a water feature and other items that will meet and exceed the standards for wildlife habitat certification.
We need volunteers to help maintain the native plants in the beds outside of our office. Volunteers will help with watering of the plants and weeding in the beds.
Our building is located at 708 East Michigan Street. We are on the north side of the street and our parking lot is between Fulton St. and Spring St. There is plenty of free parking!
IWF often gets requests to do presentations for groups. These may range from wildlife presentations to Cub Scout groups or a native plant and wildlife habitat talk with a garden club or a chat with a University about our Landscaping the Sustainable Campus program. If you love to talk to and educate people, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you! Join our Speaker's Bureau and become a part of a network of our presenters.
Field Trips – IWF would like to organize and engage more members and friends through outings and field trips. If you are detail oriented, have an interest in providing outdoor educational experiences for our members, and helping individuals, families, and children connect with nature, this is a great way to spend time outdoors and share your enjoyment of nature with others.
Office Based Programs and Communication Opportunities
Native Plant Sale - We have begun out annual Native Plant Sale! This is a great opportunity for community members to buy native plants that look great and provide resources to wildlife. Help us out by spreading the word wherever you can!
Newsletter – IWF’s quarterly newsletter Hoosier Conservation is published each February, May, August, and November. We are looking for a volunteer who is interested and skilled in writing, researching stories, and interacting with others to gather information to help keep our members up to date with the latest IWF activities and conservation issues.
Mailings and other Administrative Tasks – Our office often has mailings or other admin tasks that a volunteer could assist with.
Website/Social Media – We are always working hard to keep these avenues of communication updated and current with our events and issues. If you are social media/web savvy, familiar with IWF issues and have ideas for communicating in these areas, we’d love to hear from you!
Photography – We are always looking for quality photographs of wildlife and habitat to use for our website, marketing, social media, and outreach materials.
Do you have a talent or interest that you think could benefit IWF’s efforts?
Let us know!
317-875-9453 or 800-347-3445