Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Myrick Hixon EcoPark
Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Myrick Hixon EcoPark

Volunteer At Myrick Hixon EcoPark !

Myrick Hixon EcoPark serves as the gateway to La Crosse’s Natural Areas, utilizing the unique resources of Hixon Forest, La Crosse River Marsh and the Bluff top Prairies.  The EcoPark provides area schools and the community with quality, comprehensive, environmental education programs.  We are able to do this because of our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers!

Volunteer Opportunities

Program Leaders – If you have a genuine desire to share your love of nature, become a school program leader!  Thousands of children come to participate in hands on activities and develop a basic understanding of our environment.  We provide training for each season:  Sept/Oct, Jan/Feb, April/May.  We also need help with our Summer Adventure Programs!

Public Program Speakers – Have a particular area of expertise?  We’d love to have you present a public program, usually weekends or weekday evenings.  The program can be directed towards adults, children, or both.

Prairie & Trail Work – Help us restore our native prairies on the top of the bluff.  Work on burns, seed collecting, planting and sumac cutting.  Help maintain our existing trail system by clearing and chipping trails.

Mailings – Help during the week with newsletter, special event and many other mailings.  These occur during a weekday about once a month for 1-3 hours.

Gift Shop/Reception Desk –  We need people to staff the front desk/gift shop at the EcoPark Center.  Duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, gift shop sales.  Weekends are the place we need you most from 10-4p.m. Saturday and Noon-4pm Sunday (this can be split into shifts.  The weekday shifts are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.,  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Could you help with one of these times?  If so, call/e-mail the EcoPark at volunteer@mhecopark.org, 784-0303.  We will train you – no experience necessary!

Facility Rental Managers - Manage the building during the off-hours events and rentals.  Duties include opening & closing the building, monitoring event goers, answering questions and helping out where needed.

Aquarium Caretaker - We need a person who loves reptiles and amphibians and enjoys feeding them, doing water changes, cleaning water spots, monitoring their health, possible pump maintenance etc...  This is a weekly commitment and the volunteer can choose which day(s) they want to work.

River To Ridge Run/Walk – This annual run/walk from the Mississippi River to the top of the bluff needs many volunteers for registration, course marshals, water stations and finish.  Get a yummy burger & a t-shirt for your hard work.

Enchanted Forest – Dress up as a story-book character and hand out goodies to young trick-or-treating hikers.

Bird Seed Sales – Help with cashiering or loading.  Our Bird Seed Sales continues to be an important fundraiser.

Cardinal or Blue Jay or EcoBear – Be one of those crazy birds at bird seed sales, booths, special events and other promotions.

Baking – We occasionally need goodies for our Summer Adventure Programs, River to Ridge, Enchanted Forest & other promotions.

Butterfly Garden – Learn about the butterfly life cycle and different plants.  Interact with visitors of the garden.

Frog Call Survey – Learn more about frogs, their vocalizations & population trends.  Groups of at least 2 people go out after dark from April until August & listen for frog calls at the LaCrosse River Marsh.

We also need help with – EcoPark Offsite Representative, Garden Care, Exhibit Work, Carpentry, Handiwork, Repairs, Sewing (costumes), licensed bartender, booths, parades and data entry.

Court Appointed Community Service Volunteers Click here for the EcoPark's Policy and Application!

Volunteer Benefits!

  • Friends, Fun & Food
  • Learn about Nature
  • Get recharged by children
  • Help the environment through education
  • Free Nametags
  • Free Snowshoe Rental
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Get some exercise
  • Great experience for resume
  • Flexible hours
  • No minimum requirement
  • Flexible projects
  • Great Volunteer Parties!!

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or call 608-784-0303 to set up a volunteer orientation meeting.


We NEED you!  Be a part of nature and all it has to offer!  Help the kids, help the community and see how wonderful it feels to be a part of an organization that gives to so many and educates our future!  

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