volunteers care for nature on MLK Day of service 

January 20, 2023

Amid clear, blue skies and beautiful landscapes, nearly 200 volunteers participated in 11 events on 10 different Natural Lands properties to get outside and care for nature on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday.  

A group of volunteers gathered on a sunny day in front of a red barn.

A group of volunteers at Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA) Photo: Judith Trojnar

Volunteers cheerfully tackled invasive plants removal, tree tube maintenance and other land management activities, guided by Natural Lands staff and Force of Nature® Peer Leaders.  

Natural Lands enjoyed connecting with many new fans-of-nature through this initiative, including people from a dozen companies that encourage encourage volunteerism and giving back to the community 

A group of volunteers in the garden at Stoneleigh.

A group of volunteers in the garden at Stoneleigh: a natural garden (Villanova, PA). Photo: Sam Nestory.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy, and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage everyone to volunteer and give back to their communities.  

Volunteering with Natural Lands is a great way to learn more about the natural world, give your time to a great cause, and connect with enthusiastic, like-minded people. We care for more than 23,000 acres and 120 miles of trails, and we couldn’t do it without dedicated volunteers! 

For more upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit www.natlands.org/events and register to reserve your spot. We greatly appreciate volunteers as a driving force for stewardship on our preserves and public garden.  

A large group on a bright sunny day at Crows Nest Preserve (Elverson, PA).

A large group on a bright sunny day at Crows Nest Preserve (Elverson, PA). Photo: Tianna G. Hansen