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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. Friends of the Rouge is able to accomplish so much with the help of thousands of volunteers every year.  We offer both one day and long-term volunteer projects. Please use the links to learn more.

Restoration Program Volunteer Opportunities

So Many Ways to Rescue the Rouge! This year, we are holding fantastic restoration activities to help rescue our Rouge...
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River moitoring work being done by volunteers in the Rouge River

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. Children...
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Rouge River Watershed Frog & Toad Survey

Frog & Toad Survey Training

Training is offered every spring for those who would like to commit to surveying wetlands twice a month March through...
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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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Become a Citizen Scientist!

Our River Monitoring 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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