Individual and Group Action

Individuals and private groups make a significant contribution to the stewardship of Murfreesboro's natural spaces. There are countless ways, large and small, in which to help - on your own or with your family, scout troop, class, church group, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Follow your passion!

Here are some suggestions:

Volunteer with Us!

Group of volunteers posing in park with bags of trash they have collected-Spring

Logo- V with bird on branch Opens in new window Signup Genius logo and text Opens in new windowHelp us care for the natural spaces in Murfreesboro's parks, get some fresh air and exercise, and meet others who share your enthusiasm for nature! The Outdoor Murfreesboro Natural Resource Division offers volunteer activities in the great outdoors throughout the year. Visit our SignUp Genius site to see a complete list of scheduled volunteer opportunities and register for specific events - or to let us know your preferences and join our mailing list so we can contact you when we have an upcoming event we think you might enjoy.  Learn More

Other Ways to Help:

If your interests and inclination don't run to organized volunteer activities, there are many ways to take action independently and make valuable contributions to the health and cohesiveness of Murfreesboro's natural systems:

  1. Independent Projects
  2. Home Projects
  3. Spontaneous Action 
bird watchers-0634cr.jpgCitizen Science  Participate in the scientific process! Citizen Scientists record observations of plants, animals, water quality, or weather metrics; help conduct scientific research; or collect and/or analyze data. Various nature apps are available that enable you to use your smartphone to make valuable contributions to our collective knowledge about the health and diversity of the natural world around us.
Scouts removing invasive vines from a tree in a wetland swaleScout Projects Through the years, Scout troops and individual scouts working on badges or awards have made a significant contribution to the stewardship of Murfreesboro's natural spaces. Projects include:
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Litter cleanups
  • Bioretention site reclamation
  • Pollinator support projects
  • Facility improvements: Observation benches, information kiosks, trail improvements, etc.
Man on boardwalk using long red pole to reach over rail for something below him; a woman watchesNatural Space Stewards Keep an eye on your favorite public natural area, stretch of river, or greenway segment on your own or with a group of friends, family, or neighbors. 
  • Watch for and report signs of erosion, misuse, invasive plant incursion, and other issues that are easier to nip in the bud than they are to address after they have progressed.
  • Make dedicated trips to pick up litter that washes in or is carried in by other users. (And if when you see something amazing and wonderful, let us know that, too!)