Natural Area Preservation (NAP) is part of the City of Ann Arbor, under Field Operations, which is under Public Services.

NAP is in charge of the City of Ann Arbor Natural Areas (those marked with "Natural Area" or "Nature Center"). It performs such work in them as removing invasive species, inventorying species, building/removing/repairing trails, erosion control, and various other restoration work. NAP also performs educational outreach.

NAP commonly holds drop-in, no-commitment volunteer workdays on the weekends during spring, summer, and fall.

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers.

One third of NAP’s field work is done by volunteers, so community involvement is vital to the success of its conservation efforts. NAP projects take volunteers well beyond the realm of litter clean-up into broader areas of concern, such as maintaining biodiversity and restoring damaged ecosystems. Through the combination of hands-on involvement and scientific understanding, NAP hopes to encourage and support a connection between individual volunteers and their surrounding natural environment. By sharing this experience with friends and neighbors, volunteers play a crucial role in fostering an environmental ethic in the community.

NAP's offices are located within the Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd, 48105), but they do work throughout Ann Arbor's park system.


PHONE: 734-794-6627

EMAIL: [email protected]