All programs and events are canceled until further notice*, but our trails remain free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

*Please note our facility’s date of reopen is based on public health recommendations and other factors.

With information changing rapidly, we thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action.

Please stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at Thank you.

Volunteers Needed for Pipers in the Prairie

Our major fundraising event of the year, Pipers in the Prairie is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th and we need your help!

This is a fun event and goes by quickly. Below are the positions for which we need volunteers. Please contact Kelley Van Egeren if we can count on you on Friday, October 4th, for event set up, and/or Saturday, October 5th, for the event. Please contact Kelley with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, October 4: Morning and/or Afternoon shifts of 2-4 hours for Pre-event Prep

Mulch trails, trim specific trails, sweep driveway, etc. (6+ volunteers needed)
Set up tables, move chairs, slice bread for crostini, etc. (6+ volunteers needed)

Saturday, October 5: DAY of EVENT

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Prep Catering Assistants: Cut up cheese, make crostini, fruit, veggies, heat water for chafing dishes, plated desserts, clean windows, pick up trash, place groundhog hole flags, wipe walls etc. (4-6 volunteers needed )

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Food Procurement: Pick up food from various restaurants; deliver to ALNC (6-8 volunteers needed)

2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (3 to 4 hour shifts, time is flexible)
Catering Assistants: Arrange food on tables, serve hors d’oeuvres/desserts, wash dishes as needed, assist with clean-up (8+ volunteers needed)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Parking Assistants: Assist guests with parking (2 volunteers needed)

4:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Beverage Servers: Serve guests non-alcoholic and/or alcoholic beverages (4-6 volunteers needed)

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clean Up Crew: All volunteers who can stay to help break down tables/chairs, put away supplies, mop/vacuum floors, clean kitchens, pick-up trash, etc. (20+ dedicated staff and& volunteers needed until finished)


ALNC, as always, will provide:
· A fun and unique experience
· Complimentary refreshments — pizza, beverage and a sweet treat
· An opportunity to watch the Prairie Drama, Pipers in the Prairie procession and/or Festival Fire (as time allows)
· Opportunity to bid on silent auction items – normally reserved for guests (as time allows)
· Satisfaction knowing you are contributing to a worthy organization and an awesome event

Aldo Leopold Nature Center