“Hartley Heroes” Volunteer Work Day is a new tradition at the Hartley Outdoor Education Center. Those interested will spend part of the day helping Hartley OEC staff and Hartley Foundation Board Members with various on-site projects while enjoying everything the campus has to offer.  Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Bring your willingness to work, and we’ll ensure you leave with a sense of accomplishment and a full stomach from a Hartley-provided lunch!

Participation is free, though registration is required BEFORE the event. 

Click here to register.

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: Arrive at 9:45 a.m. with work beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 pm, with lunch provided.

Address: 12633 Beaver Road St. Charles, Michigan 48655
Phone: (989) 865-6295

Age Requirements: This is a public volunteer opportunity for our community members.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver from their parent or guardian.

What to Wear: All volunteer work will consist of trail maintenance. 

Please plan on wearing appropriate outdoor winter clothing and shoes. 

Tasks for the day include:

  • Deconstructing and cleaning the teepee and longhouse

  • Splitting and stacking firewood

  • Tree Removal

  • Trail maintenance

  • Repairing boardwalk planks

  • Other miscellaneous sprucing up of our facilities!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Hartley Program Director, Eric Rutherford at erutherford@sisd.cc

About Hartley Outdoor Education Center

Hartley Outdoor Education Center students experience fun and unforgettable moments while exploring nature, wildlife, natural resources, history, and cultures through virtual or in-person interactive learning. Hartley offers a variety of STEM classes in categories like earth science, life science, and physical science. 

With 300 acres of natural habitat, including hardwood forests, wetlands, meadows, ponds, and a creek, Hartley is home to the Coal Mine No. 8 Historical Site & Museum, Schroeder Log Cabin, Fowler One-room School, Murphy Farmhouse, Henige Log Cabin, Murphy Farm Learning Center, and a future Net Zero Greenhouse. Hartley is also the site of Saginaw County’s only identified Nature Preschool, Muphy Farm, in partnership with Saginaw ISD’s Head Start programs.