Vilas County Wisconsin Government Services - Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for some group weeding therapy? Need some community service hours? Or do you just want to get outside and help out Mother Nature this summer? We have some pre-planned opportunities for you!

Contact Cathy Higley at 715-479-3738 or to sign up. Help out one day or as many times as your schedule allows! Make sure to connect with us before the event for filling out the volunteer paperwork.


Terrestrial Invasive Species Control and Pollinator Habitat Planting

We're working to manually remove invasive plants along the right-of-way area and promote pollinator habitat in its place. We'll bring the tools and protective gear. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Recommended for volunteers age 15 and older.

Where: Along County Hwy A, Phelps - call for specific location on the day you want to help 715-479-3738.

When: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tues June 13, 2017

Thurs June 22, 2017

Tues June 27, 2017

Thurs June 29, 2017

Tues July 11, 2017


Purple Loosestife Manual Control

We'll be clipping as many invasive purple loosestrife flowerheads as we can on Tenderfoot Lake! Appropriate for adults and supervised youth ages 12+.

Where: Tenderfoot Lake - call for specifics

When: TBD (late July/early August)


Beetle Collecting

Meet some beetles that eat purple loosestrife so we can manage the invasive plants via "Let It Be". We'll be collecting beetles that exist on the landscape already from several locations. Appropriate for youth ages 10+ and adults. No training required.

Where: Eagle River - RiverView Park, other locations TBD

When: One day in Mid-June, exact date dependent on phenology - stay tuned!


Bat Monitoring

Go out at night on water or trails to collect echolocation accounstics of bats. Each species has a signature "sound" to identify it. Data is used to determine population status locally. This data is important because WI is seeing some significant declines in bat populations. Appropriate for adults and supervised youth 10 and up. Pesonal watercraft (pontoon/canoe/etc) useful. Training required - see below. Note that this protocol calls for monitoring at night.

Where: Pick your lake!

Training: Thurs May 25th, 2017 from 7-9 pm at the Vilas County Courthouse. There is new equipment this year so even seasoned volunteers need to attend this one before collecting data.

When: As equipment is available. Equipment sign out is for 3-4 consecutive days. Reserve equipment with Quita at 715-479-3721 or


Citizen Lake Monitoring

There is a need for baseline water quality data on my of our lakes. The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network has established protocols for water quality data, aquatic invasive species monitoring, and many other lake-based data collection opportunties. This data is used by professionals for various analyses that would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Times and locations are quite flexible.

Contact Cathy Higley at 715-479-3738 or for further information or visit the Citizen Lake Monitoring website. Appropriate for adults and supervised youth ages 12+. Pesonal watercraft is helpful.

Where: Call for details - often flexible!

When: Very flexible - call for details

Training: Training required, but is flexible. Contact Cathy as above for details.


Clean Boats Clean Waters

Help educate boaters and anglers about stopping the spread of invasive species at our boat launches. Attend a free training first, and then work with the local lake association to coordinate times to help out. Appropriate for adults and supervised youth ages 15+.

Where: Pick your lake!

When: Coordinate with the lake association - call Cathy Higley at 715-479-3738 for contacts.

Training: Clean Boats Clean Waters Training required every 2 years. Click here for the 2018 schedule.