Volunteer Opportunities

The Royal Oak Nature Society is a non-profit volunteer organization established to protect, promote, maintain, and make improvements in Royal Oak’s two nature parks, Tenhave Woods and Cummingston Park.  They are also in the process of developing the Royal Oak Arboretum which is located behind the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities with the Nature Society.  They include:

Patrolling the Parks 


This is a good activity for families to do together.  It entails:
  • Cleaning up litter within the park and along the outside of the fence
  • Walking the trails in order to report on any obstacles blocking them
  • Walking along the Tenhave fence line in order to report any fence breaches or gaps under it

Park Maintenance/Projects


Volunteers must be high school age or older. 
  • Assisting in the battle to remove invasive species
  • Creating a dirt berm along the Tenhave fence located in the Quickstad Park portion of the park 
  • Maintain a path inside part of the Tenhave fence line and repair fence breaches
  • Keeping trails clear of encroaching weeds
  • Removing fallen logs and branches from the trails
  • Lining trails with logs

Gardening in the Arboretum- May - September


A crew works in the arboretum in order to keep the trails cleared of encroaching weeds, and to remove invasive plants and other plant debris from the park.


Annual Fundraiser


Our next fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. We need help in setting up for the fundraiser in the afternoon. During the event, we need help busing tables and keeping rest of the area cleaned up.   Towards the end, we will need help with final clean up.  We are also looking for sponsors and items from businesses that we can use as auction items.

Dream Cruise Parking at Gunn Dyer Park


We need volunteers to help us collect parking fees and to find spaces for the cars to be parked in.  A portion of the parking fees goes to the Nature Society. Volunteers must be adults.

Get Started


If you or a group you that are involved with might be interested in volunteering, please contact us by email or by phone at 248-246-3380 and leaving a message. Please let us know what you might be interested in doing and time/location preferences.