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If you would like to volunteer with the Kellogg Biological Station then please complete an online application and then download, complete and return all three required volunteer forms linked below.


Apply to Volunteer

**PLEASE NOTE** The above application links will direct you to an external website.

Required Adult Volunteer Forms

Required Teen Volunteer Forms

You will need to return the completed forms one of three ways;

1. Scan and email forms to volunteers@kbs.msu.edu
2. Fax to (269) 671-2409
3. Mail to Volunteer Coordinator, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to volunteer your time at KBS? Click the links below for more information about available volunteer positions.


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Outreach Volunteers

Help spread the word about the exciting events and learning opportunities at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station!

KBS has year-round events at the Bird Sanctuary, Manor House and Academic Center and would like to get the word out. Volunteers will help distribute flyers and brochures to various locations such as area businesses, community centers, and libraries. Distribution areas are chosen by the volunteer and could include Richland, Augusta, Battle Creek, or Kalamazoo. A list of locations within those general areas and flyers will be provided to the volunteer. Mileage for flyer distribution will not be paid, but may be deducted from your tax return.

To sign up as a outreach volunteer, contact the KBS Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or e-mail volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

Lab Volunteers


Enjoy science? Consider making a difference for one of our graduate students as a lab volunteer. Our students study everything from water to soil to plants to animals! Especially during summer and fall, they can use help with seed collection, watering plants and other activities crucial to the integrity of their research. Lab volunteers must be detail-oriented, dependable and willing to commit to the particular needs of the supervising student researcher. High school students & older.

Physical requirements, adverse conditions, etc. It is essential that volunteers be able to dedicate at least 4 hours per day, 4-5 days a week. Many of my projects require daily sampling and sample processing and would not be compatible with an intermittent schedule. Most of the labor in the lab requires the ability to stand in one place for long periods of time. There is some microscope work to be done, and you should be able to lift/carry at least 20 lbs.

To sign up as a lab volunteer, contact the KBS Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or e-mail volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

Current Projects

KateG_Small1Processing Plant Samples: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences. I'm interested in nitrogen cycling in cropping systems. I'm looking into how soil and climate variability affect N-use efficiency. I need help processing (grinding, weighing and analyzing) plant samples from last summer. I'll welcome help most days, except for Thursday. I'm looking for a volunteer who is motivated and detail oriented.

To sign up as a lab volunteer, contact the KBS Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or e-mail volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

Maple Syrup


W.K. Kellogg Forest offers you the chance to beat cabin fever, help others and learn to make a traditional spring favorite -- maple syrup.

Volunteers will tap trees, collect sap, operate the sap evaporator and package maple syrup at the Augusta-area forest from mid-February through mid-April. Activities are weather dependent, as sap runs on warm days following very cold nights. Ages 18 & over.

A Maple Syrup Open House is hosted by KBS each spring. Volunteers are needed to help plan and staff open house activities. Ages 15 & older.

To sign up as a maple syrup volunteer, contact the KBS Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or   e-mail volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Resource Center / Gift Shop


If you enjoy nature and meeting fascinating people, the MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary has a volunteer opportunity for you.

The Bird Sanctuary needs volunteers to help staff in the Resource Center / Gift Shop on weekends throughout the year. Resource Center cashiers are asked to work one Saturday or Sunday shift per month. From April through November volunteers may choose between a  
9 am to 1 pm shift or a 1 pm to 5 pm shift.

New volunteers will be trained by Bird Sanctuary staff and will spend time shadowing an experienced volunteer until they are comfortable to work on their own.

Training includes a brief history of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg's life and Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, as well as customer service, cash register sales and basic store operations. Prior experience is not required. Ages 18 & over.

This is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in a natural, relaxed environment. To become a Bird Sanctuary volunteer call at (269) 671-2263 or email volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Bird Sanctuary Interpreters

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Whether you're an expert birdwatcher or eager to learn a new skill, you are encouraged to become a tour guide for the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Training covers concepts such as adaptations, migration, nesting and waterfowl identification. After attending training, new guides are invited to follow experienced guides on a few tours until they are comfortable going out on their own.

Sanctuary interpreters serve 1.5 hr shifts anytime Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm, with some weekend tours, depending on tour bookings. Ages 18 & over. For more information or to register for training, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or e-mail: volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Bird Sanctuary Jr. Camp Counselors


The MSU Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is looking for teen volunteers (Volunteens) to help with a Summer Science Camp.

Volunteens should be at least 14 years old, enjoy working in an outdoor setting and have an interest in working with children ages 5 to 12. Counselors are asked to volunteer at least one week (Monday through Friday) during the summer and be available from 8:45 am to 3 pm each day.

Camp counselors will greet campers as they arrive, assist with camper supervision during activities, help with daily activity setup and cleanup and help campers find the person picking them up after camp each day.

As a summer science camp counselor, Volunteens will learn organizational and leadership skills and work in a friendly environment with helpful and appreciative staff.

To become a camp counselor, call (269) 671-2263 or e-mail: volunteers@kbs.msu.edu. Applicants must be at least 14 years old.

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Carpentry / Painting / Fix-it Assistant


Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas:

  • Small carpentry projects
  • Hang pictures
  • Paint metal cabinets
  • Minor equipment repairs

Ages 18 & over. If you are interested in volunteering please call the Volunteer Office at (269) 671-2263 or email volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Gardens, Trails & Grounds


Stu Bassett of the KBS Grounds Department is looking for volunteers to help with the following projects:

Perennial Gardens Care for a perennial garden located at the KBS Education Center along the shore of Gull Lake (3-4 hrs/wk)

Water Garden Maintain a small water garden located at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (2-3 hrs/wk)

Pollinator Garden Look after a garden designed to attract butterflies, located at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (2-3 hrs/wk)

Native Prairies Restoration efforts are underway to return portions of Kellogg Bird Sanctuary property to native prairies (2-3 hrs/wk)

Carriage House Gardens Help plant and care for a courtyard garden area complete with fountain located at the KBS Education Center (3-4 hrs/wk)

Manor House Gardens Annuals, perennials, groundcovers, woody shrubs and trees all need "TLC" to stay healthy, happy and beautiful (3-4 hrs/wk)

Lakefront Landscaping Lakeshore plantings to create an attractive and functional buffer zone between lawn areas and the lake will be underway this spring. Help is needed to plant and maintain this area as a demonstration for lakefront property owners (3-4 hrs/wk)

Adopt-a-Trail Help us maintain our miles of walking and biking trails! Hit the trail when your schedule permits and remove branches, litter-- even invasive species if you choose. Get outside and bring the family! (2-4 hrs/month)

We also offer a variety of ongoing and seasonal volunteer opportunities for Master Gardeners and Michigan Conservation Stewards.

If you are interested in volunteering please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (269) 671-2263 or email volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Manor House


Help us share a piece of local history with visitors from around the corner and the world by becoming a W.K. Kellogg Manor House volunteer.

The renovated Manor is open for tours and special events. Anyone interested in learning about cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg and his legacy is invited to become a W.K. Kellogg Manor House Docent. Training sessions will include learning about house construction and history, W.K. Kellogg's life and work, and tips on how to lead an enjoyable tour.

New Manor Volunteer training will be offered twice annually in the Manor House Billiard Room. Visit our events calendar for March and September dates.

Manor House volunteers should be available at least two half-days each month. Ages 18 & over. Junior Docent opportunities available for youths ages 15-18.

For more information or to register for training, call (269) 671-2263 or e-mail volunteers@kbs.msu.edu.

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Agriculture & Ecology Student Activity Trail Tour Guides


The KBS LTER seeks tour guides to escort school-aged groups and teachers visiting the Student Activity Trail. The trail leads students through 15 stations, teaching them about farming and the environment.

Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and enjoy working with children in grades 2-5. Applicants must be able to journey a 3/4-mile trail and pass a background check. The trail is open April 15 through November 1. Tours are typically scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons during the school year. Tours depart from Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Ages 18 & over.

For more information, call (269) 671-2263 or e-mail: volunteers@kbs.msu.edu. Read more about the KBS LTER here.

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