Nature gives us so much, sometimes it’s great to give back! Donating your time to Dinosaur Hill can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you are an individual, a group, or part of a service project we have various projects that we need help to complete.

We work hard to match out volunteers with projects and activities that are of interest to them and meet there skills. Whether you are looking for community service for graduation, a working adult looking to spend time giving back to your community, a retired teacher looking to share your love of the outdoors with groups of visiting school children, or anywhere in between we're sure to find something that will make your time at Dinosaur Hill a rewarding experience. 

Come be a part of Dinosaur Hills journey of being a natural escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

Assistant Naturalist

The Assistant naturalist position is a paid volunteer program. Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve services Rochester Community schools (K-3rd grade) and day cares in our area. The person(s) in this position will help informing guests and visitors about nature, assisting with outreach, and helping out with birthday parties at the preserve. 

Scheduling can be flexible. Typical desired times for the Assistant Naturalists are Tuesday thru Friday, 9:30am- 2pm during the school year, and to a lesser extent during the summer.

Observation of a class is required before teaching the class. Multiple exposures to the class are allowed, and even suggested, to ensure you're comfortable with the material. Our programs are traditionally centered around nature. Some our topics include: animal habitats, animal adaptations and plant life cycles. We also have a few social studies based programs like The People of the 3 Fires (Native American) and Pioneer Survival. 

For more information about Assistant Naturalist openings, contact Sharon at Sharon@dinosaurhill.org

Camp Counselor

The Camp Counselor position is a volunteer position. As a camp counselor you will help the kids with various activities, depending on the camp under the direction of staff. The position is great for high school and college students, internships, or retirees looking to stay active. We have loads of fun and the kids are great, they love the assistants!

Our summer camps start after school ends in June and go through the end of August. We cater to preschool through 5th grade ages. We offer half and full day camps. 

For more information about Assistant Naturalist openings, contact Sharon at Sharon@dinosaurhill.org

Special Event and General Help

If the time you are looking to commit is more on a temporary or irregular basis there are still opportunities for you at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. We have many events throughout the year and we have many projects that you can help with. If you have a particular skill, or area of interest, let us know. We strive to find the best fit for our volunteers at Dinosaur Hill.

Popular areas include:

  • Tending garden beds
  • Selling Daffodils
  • Performing or Working Halloween Hoot and Storytime with Santa
  • Trail maintenance
  • Animal care
  • Cleaning 

Interested in something more in line with your interests contact Angela at angie@dinosaurhill.org.


For more information about current volunteer positions see contact emails in the categories above




333 North Hill Circle

Rochester, MI



Nature Trail

Open daily dawn until dusk    


Offices/Indoor Nature Center

Summer Hours


9am - 3pm  




(248) 656-0999







Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit institution.  

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (DHNP) is a preserve situated on sixteen acres of land nestled in the neighborhoods of Rochester, MI.

DHNP offers walking trails that are free to the public and offers affordable educational classes for various age groups , maintains the grounds of the land under its stewardship, and works to keep the wonders of nature accessible to the people of the Greater Rochester Area.  

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