Sustainability Volunteer Opportunities

A variety of volunteer activities are offered by the Sustainability Office throughout the year, including the Campus Garden, Upham Greenhouse, Prairie Seed Collection, and Stream Monitoring, which are explained in detail below.  Consider joining our contact list to receive a monthly newsletter with current volunteer opportunities, upcoming events and other sustainability-related news. For our current schedule of volunteer sessions or to subscribe to our newsletter, please email sustainability@uww.edu.

Campus Garden

We welcome all students, faculty, and community members to join our gardening efforts!  The UWW Campus Garden is a great way to get involved on campus while giving back to the community as a majority of produce is donated to the Whitewater Food Pantry.  Learn about plant maintenance, harvesting, weeds, and pests through our volunteer activities.  Our goal is to make gardening as accessible as possible, so volunteers do not need any gardening experience to help us out.  We are typically in the Campus Garden during the months of May-October.

Registration is not required.  Meet us at the garden anytime during the scheduled volunteer session and a staff member will help you sign in and get started.  If needed, staff members can sign documentation verifying your completed volunteer hours.  The Campus Garden is located between the Ambrose Health Center and Campus Bookstore on Starin Road.

Upham Greenhouse

We do a variety of garden-related activities in the Upham Greenhouse during the entire year, with most of the work focused on February-May.  There are three greenhouses in operation, including a student research house, a tropical plant collection, and a desert plant collection.  The collections are open to the campus community to browse and research projects must be registered with the Biology Department to reserve bench space.  Upham Greenhouse is located on the south end of the first floor of Upham Hall near the Physics Department offices (the door at the end of the hallway leads to Upham Greenhouse).

Prairie Seed Collection

The restoration in the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve helps to maintain a diverse array of native plant species.  Seed collection roughly runs from mid-September until mid-November and culminates with us re-planting a section of the Nature Preserve with our collected seed from all of the prior weeks.  Collected prairie seed are either used for planting on campus or donated to the City of Whitewater for their restoration projects.

Registration is not required for individuals to participate. However, this is a great group activity for student groups and Greek organizations! To make an appointment for groups of 5 or more people, please email us with your affiliation, group size, along with times and dates that work best for you. All prairie seed collection sessions meet at the Hoffman Memorial Kiosk on Schwager Drive.

Stream Monitoring

UW-Whitewater Water Council students led the charge to getting more involved in the health of our local waterways by signing up for the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Program through the Rock River Coalition.  With the help of faculty, staff, and students, we go out to local streams and take measurements of different variables that help determine the health of these tributaries of the Rock River.  These measurements include temperature, stream flow, transparency, dissolved oxygen, and biotic index.  We typically conduct stream monitoring three times per month from April through October at our site locations along Bluff Creek, Whitewater Creek, and Spring Brook Creek.

To register for this activity, please email us with the session you would like to attend and your shoe size to reserve a pair of waders. If we need to reschedule due to severe weather, we will notify individuals that registered with us via email the morning of the event.