The City of Apple Valley and other organizations offer a number of volunteer opportunities for residents who would like to contribute to improving the quality of Apple Valley's and Dakota County's natural resources beyond what they can do in their own yard.
- Check out a stenciling kit. Stenciling is one way to let your neighbors know that items dumped down the stormwater drain wind up in the local pond. To check out a kit, call (952) 953-2400.
- Monitor wetlands. You can volunteer to evaluate the health of Apple Valley and Dakota County wetlands through the WHEP program. Kids with adult supervision are welcome.
- Monitor streams. Opportunities are available to monitor the health of the Vermillion River and some of its tributaries through the Vermillion River Joint Powers Organization.
- Collect water samples. The City of Apple Valley arranges for volunteers to collect water quality samples from five local lakes through the Met Council CAMP program. Spots are limited. If you would like to learn more, call (952) 953-2400.
- Pull weeds and clean up parks and natural areas. To help clean up an Apple Valley park or natural area, call (952) 953-2400. The Vermillion River Stewards program offers opportunities to clean up natural areas in the Vermillion River watershed.