be a Force of Nature

Natural Lands’ Force of Nature® volunteer program is a way for you to support land conservation and connect people to the outdoors through strong dedication to Natural Lands. Force of Nature volunteers receive extensive training and leadership opportunities, and commit to serving 20 hours per year.

Debbie Beer

what you'll do

Force of Nature® trainees participate in a comprehensive, hands-on training and service experience that enables you to learn from Natural Lands staff experts, and then give back as a valuable volunteer.

Force of Nature Dashboard for Graduates

Force of Nature training is offered annually each spring, covering a variety of land management, habitat restoration, native plant gardening, event support, outreach and ambassadorship topics.

Debbie Beer

why choose Force of Nature

  • Hands-on land stewardship training from Natural Lands’ expert staff.
  • Access to exclusive Explore More! continuing education opportunities.
  • Natural Lands membership.
  • Force of Nature gear including a T-shirt, nametag, and a ballcap after achieving 20 hours.
  • Quality handouts and reference materials.
  • Recognition at Natural Lands annual volunteer spring celebration.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and education from Natural Lands staff.
  • Opportunities to meet and befriend enthusiastic people who share similar interests.
  • Choice of myriad volunteer roles based on different interests and location.

ready to apply?

The Force of Nature Class of 2019 application period is now closed, with a record number of candidates. Interviews are taking place in December; we’ll be in touch soon if you haven’t already heard from us.

Applicants, please save the dates for the Class of 2019 Training Schedule: Saturdays, 1:00-5:00 pm, February 16, March 2, March 16, March 23, and April 13, 2019. Volunteers must attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions, including the first one, to graduate from the program. Graduation is April 27, 2019.

No need to wait until Force of Nature training to volunteer with Natural Lands! Come out and join one of our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Debbie Beer.

Program fee (including new membership) is $150, payable to Natural Lands at the first day of training. For current Natural Lands members, the program fee is $100. A limited number of scholarships are available if the fee presents a hardship.