GODFREY — The Nature Institute, an environmental nonprofit organization at 2213 S. Levis Lane, is searching for community leaders to lend a helping hand in assisting with various projects.
Those interested can be individuals, groups and schools and be at least age 16 or have an adult present. Projects vary and provide many opportunities for volunteers to choose from.
TNI offers a few monthly work days with the next date being 9 a.m. Saturday, March 19. This date is focused on cleanup around Talahi Lodge. The TNI work day is on the third Saturday of each month, with each month having a different focus.
“With the season quickly changing, we need to spruce up our play area and the surrounding land for guests,” Education Director Patti Brown said.
Brown said the cleanup mostly will be in the newly constructed children’s play area in preparation for events such as the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and more.
More opportunities include assistance with the Riverbend Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 16, and trail restoration at Heartland Prairie, which starts in April.
The Nature Institute’s mission is to raise awareness of the natural world through preservation, restoration and education. The organization owns more than 450 acres of protected land, including hiking trails. Those trails will reopen to the public April 1 after a winter break. To learn about TNI and how to get involved, visit www.TheNatureInstitute.org or call (618) 466-9930.