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Help us protect our natural areas through volunteer opportunties with Land Stewardship, removing invasive plants on your own property, or making a donation to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation designated for Land Stewardship.
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
Invasive Species Strike Team
Interested in helping to protect natural areas from harmful invasive species? Join the Invasive Species Strike Team at Eagle Creek Park! Most natural areas experience pressure from invasive species such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and winter creeper. A Strike Team is a group of dedicated volunteers that don’t mind getting their hands dirty cutting, pulling and/or spraying these invasive species in target areas. Volunteer opportunities occur at least monthly, and no routine commitment is necessary – help when you can. Sign up for Strike Team events and locations by contacting Brenda Howard at Brenda.Howard@indy.gov.
 
Site Steward Program
Interested in helping make sure natural areas are regularly monitored and maintained? Become a volunteer Site Steward at one of our properties! Natural areas are always changing, and it can be helpful to have more eyes on the ground identifying maintenance needs, downed trees on trails, new invasive species threats, illegal dumping or erosion issues. Site Stewards commit to inspecting their adopted property monthly, submitting a checklist report, and performing optional stewardship tasks as assigned. Sign up by contacting Jacob Brinkman at Jacob.Brinkman@indy.gov.
 
Pollinator Protectors Program – Coming in 2019
Interested in protecting pollinators? Visit Indiana.ClearChoicesCleanWater.org/Plants​ and take a Pollinator Protection action pledge. In addition to Land Stewardship's pollinator plantings, you can support pollinators in your own back yard with native plants. The Pollinator Protectors program will include educational programming, native wildflower seed collection, and added native bee habitat.
 
On Your Own Property
 
Plant Natives
Native plants offer many more benefits than typical landscaping and manicured lawns. Consider rethinking your own landscaping to incorporate native plants; demand your local nursery or garden center carry more native plants. Properties with native plantings help patch together habitat for birds and pollinators across our Indy's landscape, linking larger natural areas to your backyard. This is critical for supporting biodiversity and protecting local water resources.
 
Control Invasive Plants on Your Own Property
Many invasive species persist because they are well established on private property. You can help reduce the spread of these plants by controlling them in your own yard. Don't purchase known invasive species like Japanese barberry, burning bush, and winter creeper; choose native alternatives instead. Contact Don Miller at don.miller@indy.gov​ for planting suggestions.
 
Wipe Your Boots
Seeds are easily moved from site to site by getting stuck in mud that is carried away on your boots. If you are visiting one of our properties—or any other natural area—be sure you aren’t tracking in unwanted seeds.
 
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation
 
The Indianapolis Parks Foundations accepts donations on their website for many types of park improvements, including the work performed by the Office of Land Stewardship.
 
​Donations help us continue our management of natural areas, including controlling invasive species and restoring critical habitats. This constitutes about 80% of our budget. We also use our funding to acquire new property and improve park amenities.
 
Our Vision: We will grow, restore, protect, and manage natural areas in Indianapolis in order to increase the ecological services they provide, provide high-quality passive recreation opportunities, and foster a conservation ethic through our programs that will inspire current and future generations to steward these special places. ​

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  • Indianapolis Office of Land Stewardship
    1200 S Madison Ave
    Suite 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Don Miller, Land Stewardship Manager:
    don.miller@indy.gov
    (317) 327-7416​​
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