VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the River Revitalization Foundation.

Fostering Our Riparian Biodiversity (F.O.R.B.) is River Revitalization Foundation’s weekly, outdoor volunteer opportunity! Participate in land restoration activities with the RRF Land Manager and other RRF staff. Learn about nature while protecting the land and water!

SUMMER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM UPDATE***

New Summer Schedule: Fridays 9am-12pm and the first two Saturdays 9am-12pm.

Volunteer Orientations are NO LONGER REQUIRED!! You’re welcome to attend the orientation to learn more, but this is no longer a requirement to start volunteering with us. Just review the information below and sign up for volunteer dates! Email the Volunteer Coordinator with questions. 

 

VOLUNTEER INFO

Summer Schedule (June-Aug)
  • Fridays 9am-12pm 
  • 1st & 2nd Saturdays 9am-12pm               

Please note these are blocks of time and the start and end times are listed. If you need to leave early, just let us know! We’re flexible. 

There will be no FORB on the following days in 2024: Wednesday 6/19-Juneteenth, Wednesday 7/3 & 7/5 -Independence Day 

Activities: Removing invasive species, establishing native plants and trees, maintaining trails, seed collecting and cleaning, controlling erosion, litter pickup and other projects as assigned.

Activities vary based on season. This stewardship work contributes to protecting habitat and biodiversity, making our local ecosystem more resilient to the future effects of climate change. 

RRF will provide the necessary tools, supplies and work gloves. No training required. Volunteers must be willing and able to participate in manual labor for at least 2 hours outdoors in varying weather conditions. 

Outdoor work not for you? Contact us for office and event volunteering opportunities!

*The Volunteer Orientation is no longer required to volunteer*

(Optional) Volunteer Orientations will still be held each first Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm on Zoom! We cover the history of our organization, and what to expect to volunteer. Connect with the Volunteer Coordinator and other volunteers! 

Sign up here for the Volunteer Orientation!

Close-toed shoes are required, layers recommended. Also consider: long pants and/or sleeves to avoid poisonous/irritant plants and ticks, and a hat or bandana for sun protection.

Other items to consider bringing with you: water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent. Anything you need to be comfortable outside for a few hours!

Yes, we do host group volunteer work days!! Corporate groups, student groups, community groups, scouts, churches, we’re happy to work with you outside. 

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule a work day. Please provide the following information in your email:

  • Group Size 
  • Range of dates and potential times
  • Preferred location (Milwaukee or Preserves in Ozaukee or Washington County)
  • Special requirements (if applicable)
  • Main contact name, email, phone #

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you soon!

RRF has entered into a partnership with Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) to become one land trust. 

You’re welcome to sign up for volunteer days ‘up north’ on one of the many preserves in Ozaukee and Washington counties! See the northern sections of the Milwaukee River and get out of the city! 

Sign up here for OWLT work days.

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5 college volunteers from Marquette University standing in a line with the invasive plants they removed

New to volunteering with RRF? Please complete our online volunteer waiver form

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six students pose around a newly planted tree

Service Learning - UWM & MIAD

The River Revitalization Foundation has worked with UW-Milwaukee (UWM) and its environmentally focused classes as partners in its service learning program for 15 years. Now, we’re joined by Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) too! We lead students on an introductory hike before working in the field, and the students enjoy the hands-on working and learning that we provide in our outdoor classroom.

Thousands of native plants, trees, and shrubs have been planted by students over the years in addition to the thousands of pounds of invasive species removed from river lands. We are thankful for this partnership with these universities and hope that all service learners will become regular volunteers!

If you’re a university student, please sign up below: