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Lake Water Quality Testers

Ten to twenty hours each summer

Description: WAPOA is looking for concerned citizens to join a dedicated group volunteers that invest ten to twenty hours each summer in monitoring, sampling and reporting on the water quality of our lakes, and stream. The sampling process involves an hour or so on the lake, collecting water samples and monitoring water clarity with Secchi disks. Samples are gathered/recorded on the weekend with scheduled sample drop off on the following third Monday of each month in 2024 as follows:

May 20th

June 17th

 July 15th

August 19th

September 16th

 

Volunteering at the Nest

Welcoming guests, selling merchandise, educating/conversing with visitors 3-6 hour shifts (depending on preference)

 Thursday-Saturday 10-4 and various weekend events  

Description: The NLC is looking for volunteers to help keep the center open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm during the summer! Volunteers will receive training before the first shift on how to use the point of sale system and on loony topics. Shifts typically consist of welcoming guests, educating and conversing with visitors, and occasionally selling merchandise. •

 

StewardShip Guide

Lead floating classroom passengers in learning about loons, water quality, and other fun lake facts o 9:00am-11:00am every Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Description: The NLC’s floating classroom, the StewardShip, needs volunteers to lead passengers in learning about loons, water quality, and other fun lake facts!

 

StewardShip excursions run from 9:00am-11:00am weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in the summer. Training will be provided, so the only skill you need is a passion for the outdoors and for sharing that passion with others! Minnesota Master Naturalists are preferred for StewardShip guides.

 

Summer 2024: Cragun’s StewardShip excursions  

We’ve partnered with Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd to kickstart a StewardShip program on Gull Lake o We will need volunteers (in the Brainerd area would be great) to help guide excursions just like on Cross Lake

Fridays starting May 31st

Tuesdays starting June 25th

Two 45-minute excursion spots at 9:00 am and 10:00 am

 

Description: The NLC’s floating classroom, the StewardShip, needs volunteers to lead passengers in learning about loons, water quality, and other fun lake facts! The StewardShip program is expanding to offer excursions of Gull Lake, courtesy of Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd, MN. The NLC is searching for Minnesota Master Naturalists or nature/loon lovers in the Brainerd area to volunteer in the Summer of 2024 to be guides on the Gull Lake StewardShip. Training will be provided, so the only skill you need is a passion for the outdoors and for sharing that passion with others!

 

Trivia Night Team

Facilitate “Loons and Lakes”

Trivia Night events at local breweries/bars/restaurants o

Write/compile questions for trivia rounds

Network with community members to promote National Loon Center and WAPOA

Description: The National Loon Center and WAPOA work together to host “Loons and Lakes” Trivia Nights in the Crosslake area and beyond. This event has been strongly established at 14 Lakes Brewery in Crosslake, and we are expanding our reach to other businesses to host Trivia Nights. With our expansion, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to contribute to our team and help host trivia! Trivia Nights take place once a month at each host venue.

 

Shoreline Restoration Community Builds

Description: Helping install willow waddle, plant shoreline and buffer zone plants for community members when they have been devastated by shoreline erosion or are trying to save their shoreline from the potential of erosion.

This would be on a case by case basis and we would send you the information when a community build comes available.

Other Opportunities

Often opportunities come up to make a positive effect on our lakes, nature and forests.  If you are interested in participating in different events, share your contact information with us and we will send you a list of events as they arise.

If you have a particular passion and would like to get involved promoting your passion, we are always ready and willing to help that passion grow with volunteer events.  Share your ideas!!

July 20           Volunteers needed at the Nest (current National Loon Center) 10 am-1 pm & 1 pm-4 pm

                        Educating visitors and selling products

 

July 27           Volunteers needed at the Nest (current National Loon Center) 10 am-1 pm & 1 pm-4 pm

                        Educating visitors and selling products

August 3       Volunteers needed at the Nest (current National Loon Center) 10 am-1 pm & 1 pm-4 pm

                        Educating visitors and selling products

August 30-31 - MN State Fair: Eco Experience ● Staff National Loon Center’s table at MPCA’s Eco Experience during the MN State Fair ● Interact with public, answer questions and provide information about the National Loon Center ● Distribute informational materials and educate public about the importance of loon and loon habitat conservation ● NLC table will be open from 9:00am - 9:00pm on Aug 30 & 31 ○ 3 shifts are available each day ○ 8:30am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm ○ The morning and evening shifts account for a half hour of set up/tear down To sign up for a State Fair shift, follow this link to SignUpGenius to secure your spot:

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