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Volunteers (like you!) are the people who make it possible to restore and protect your Rouge River right here in southeast Michigan. No special skill or experience is required. See upcoming volunteer opportunities below, or explore further below for links to program pages to find out how you can join the effort to protect and restore the Rouge River.

Current Volunteer Restoration Opportunities

So Many Ways to Rescue the Rouge! This year, we are sponsoring fantastic restoration activities to help rescue our Rouge...
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Bug Hunt Trainings - volunteers in the waterway

Bug Hunt Events and Training

We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground! No prior experience is necessary but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. All...
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Merriman Hollow Work Days

Join us one Saturday a month from April through October each year, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help care...
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Three men working to remove a logjam

Calling Volunteers to Open Logjams

Friends of the Rouge is working to open the Lower Rouge Water Trail from Canton to River Rouge for kayaks...
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Friends of the Rouge is able to accomplish so much with the help of thousands of volunteers every year.  We offer both long term and short term volunteer projects. Please use the links to learn more.

River Monitoring

Residents become citizen scientists

This program engages residents to become citizen scientists, collecting data about the health of the watershed through biological indicator species (bugs, frogs, fish, etc.) that reflect the long-term health of the watershed. As water quality improves, bugs frogs and fish are returning.
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One Day Projects

Rouge Rescue
Bug Hunts
River Restoration
Fish Monitoring

Long Term Projects

Rouge Education Project Assistants
Frog & Toad Survey