Improve Wildlife Habitat - Become a MN DNR Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Volunteer

(Metro Area and Central MN)

The State of Minnesota has over 1,000 public wildlife areas designated for wildlife watching opportunities of birds, waterfowl and mammals, as well as offering public hunting of small and big game animals. These Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) need help in maintaining and enhancing the land so wildlife can thrive. Individuals or families interested in volunteering to help wildlife can do a one-time event or come back several times.

As part of a typical volunteer workday on a MN Wildlife Management Area (WMA) you could:

  • Collect prairie seed
  • Monitor and control terrestrial invasive species (i.e. Buckthorn)
  • Help with removal of litter and old fences
  • Assist with boundary and sign maintenance
  • Clear vegetation from shallow lake and wetland water controls
  • Monitor shallow lakes and wetland water levels

COVID-19 safety measures will be followed for volunteering based on the most recent CDC guidelines.

To volunteer on a Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) in Stearns, Wright or Sherburne County, contact MN DNR Assistant Area Wildlife Manager Nicholas Snavely based out of Sauk Rapids at 320-223-7872 or email Nicholas.Snavely@state.mn.us (link sends email)  for scheduling specific days to volunteer after completing the MN DNR volunteer application link in the upper right corner under "I would like to volunteer" by clicking on "Fill in an application."

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - All Day
  • Tuesday - All Day
  • Wednesday - All Day
  • Thursday - All Day
  • Friday - All Day
  • Saturday - All Day
  • Sunday - All Day