Developing Leaders in Conservation

About Us

The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program has been developing leaders in conservation in communities across Michigan since 2007. Huron Pines AmeriCorps members strive to enhance Michigan’s natural resources and foster environmental stewardship by engaging local volunteers, community groups and schools in service projects, hands-on learning opportunities and educational workshops.


We’ve seen over 150 Huron Pines AmeriCorps members come through the program over the last decade and their accomplishments have been staggering. Huron Pines AmeriCorps members have restored over 1,000 miles of river, improved over 22,000 acres of public land and reached over 73,500 students across Michigan.

In 2015, we were honored to receive the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding National Service Program. This is an award we share with all of the members, organizations and funders who have partnered with us to make this program a success.

The program places college graduates for a 10-month term of full-time volunteer service with conservation organizations across Michigan. Through service Huron Pines AmeriCorps members receive real‐world experience, networking and training opportunities, a living stipend, health coverage and, upon completing their service, an education award to pursue advanced degrees or courses. Huron Pines AmeriCorps is a program of Huron Pines and is supported in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Michigan Community Service Commission, Huron Pines and contributions from host sites.

Hosting a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member provides tremendous value for our host sites and due to high demand, selection of host sites is a competitive process. Host sites for each year are selected based on the merit of their application and the level of impact members would have on natural resource conservation in Michigan. 

Huron Pines AmeriCorps members both serve with the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and act as partners to GLSI projects. 

Huron Pines AmeriCorps
4241 Old US 27 South, Suite 2
Gaylord, MI 48735
Location Map for Huron Pines AmeriCorps


Alcona Community High School - Negwegon State Park Interpretive Signs Info
Atlanta - Water Quality Monitoring Project
7th and 8th grade students are visiting multiple sites along the upper waters of the Thunder Bay River to monitor river health.
Au Gres River - Water Monitoring
Students from Au Gres-Sims Elementary have joined interested community partners to monitor the health of the East Branch of the Au Gres River from head waters to its outlet in Lake Huron.
Banwell Erosion Education Program Info
Besser Elementary - Water Quality Monitoring - Arbor Day
4th grade students from Besser Elementary visit Duck Park/Island Park twice a year to learn and monitor river health.
Charity Island Project
Au Gres-Sims Students Conduct Research on Threatened Pitcher’s Thistle
Hubbard Lake Water Quality Monitoring
Students use chemical and aquatic invertebrate tests to determine health of Hubbard Lake.
Industrial Arts Students Support Lake Huron Coastal Habitat by Preserving Hibernacula in Alpena
Alpena High School industrial arts teachers Scott MacKenzie and Zach Grulke are getting their students involved in the local community through placed based education.
Island Park Stewardship & Salmon in the Classroom
Students provide stewardship for Island Park by removing invasives, preventing marine debris and more.
Lincoln Elementary - BWET- Island Mill Park
Students use chemical and aquatic invertebrate tests to determine health of the Thunder Bay River
NOAA Great Lakes B-WET -  Our Rivers, Our Future
NOAA's B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment.
Northeast Michigan Earth Day Bag Project
Raising Awareness about the Danger of Plastic Bags in the Great Lakes
Oscoda Owls Explore the Pine River - Van Etten Lake Watershed!
Oscoda Middle School students are stepping up and becoming natural resources leaders in their local watershed through place based education.
Oscoda Schools Fight Against Garlic Mustartd Info
Richardson Elementary Middle School - Owl Green Team
The Owl Green Team is a school garden club. This student led garden functions in many ways. Students plant and maintain a perennial flower and grass garden. Students grow seedlings in the school greenhouse in the Spring and Fall.
Rogers City Woodworking Students Support Lake Huron Biodiversity
Roger City High School welding and woodshop instructor Mandy Munger is getting her students involved in the local community through placed based education.
Salmon in the Classroom and Learning Harbor Ecosystems
Alcona Elementary students raise salmon and take care of their shoreline by preventing marine debris
Thompson's Harbor State Park Threatened and Endangered Species Info
Threatened and Endangered Species at Negwegon State Park
Alcona seventh and eighth graders are working to educate their local community on threatened and endangered species that can be found at Negwegon State Park.
Thunder Bay Jr. High - Invasive Buckthorn Management
6th Grade students utilize the school's Outdoor Education Site to learn about the diverse ecosystem near their school and have a positive impact on the creek habitat through environmentally conscious management
Thunder Bay Junior High - Lake Huron Adopt-a-Beach
The Adopt-a-Beach Program is more than just a beach sweep. Teams conduct litter removal and monitoring, and also complete a beach health assessment form that includes science-based observation and testing.
Vernal Pool Patrol Project
Monitoring seasonal wetlands across northern Michigan


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