Individual and Group Action
Individuals and private groups make a significant contribution to the stewardship of Murfreesboro's natural spaces. There are countless ways, large and small, in which to help - on your own or with your family, scout troop, class, church group, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Follow your passion!
Here are some suggestions:
Help us care for the natural spaces in Murfreesboro's parks, get some fresh air and exercise, and meet others who share your enthusiasm for nature! The Outdoor Murfreesboro Natural Resource Division offers volunteer activities in the great outdoors throughout the year. Visit our SignUp Genius site to see a complete list of scheduled volunteer opportunities and register for specific events - or to let us know your preferences and join our mailing list so we can contact you when we have an upcoming event we think you might enjoy. Learn More
Other Ways to Help:
If your interests and inclination don't run to organized volunteer activities, there are many ways to take action independently and make valuable contributions to the health and cohesiveness of Murfreesboro's natural systems:
|Citizen Science Participate in the scientific process! Citizen Scientists record observations of plants, animals, water quality, or weather metrics; help conduct scientific research; or collect and/or analyze data. Various nature apps are available that enable you to use your smartphone to make valuable contributions to our collective knowledge about the health and diversity of the natural world around us.|
|Scout Projects Through the years, Scout troops and individual scouts working on badges or awards have made a significant contribution to the stewardship of Murfreesboro's natural spaces. Projects include:|
|Natural Space Stewards Keep an eye on your favorite public natural area, stretch of river, or greenway segment on your own or with a group of friends, family, or neighbors. |
|Collect seeds for the Murfreesboro Indigenous Plant Project (MIPP): If you have desirable native plant species occurring naturally on your property, you can help us provide locally-sourced native plant material for natural area/wildlife habitat restoration in Murfreesboro by collecting seeds for us to grow in our native plant nursery. More on MIPP - Contact us|
|Citizen Science at home Many of the Citizen Science projects listed under Independent Projects can also be done at home:|
|Landscape for Wildlife All wildlife require food, water, and cover year-round, but the details vary by species and by season. Adding plants to your yard that best support multiple native wildlife species throughout the year is a great way to support ecosystem health. Here are some resources to get you started:|
Conservation Easements: Conservation easements are legal agreements between a landowner and a government agency or a land trust that permanently protect a property from specified types of destructive uses in order to protect its inherent ecosystem values. These voluntary contracts may also provide important tax benefits to the property owner.
|Be a Litter Gitter|
Picking up trash doesn't have be restricted to organized events! Greenway and river users users who keep a small trash bag and disposable gloves in their pack or pocket, pick up litter when they spot it, and dispose of it in the bins at the nearest trailhead are unsung heroes! The less time your natural resource staff has to spend picking up litter, the more time we can spend on habitat restoration and other management priorities!
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