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Check this space often for updated listings of events and volunteer opportunities.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on Chapter happenings and share your involvement with friends.

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Ongoing Special Events

  • Invasive Autumn Olive Removal

    Clinch Valley Farm Preserve
    Richlands, VA (Tazewell County)
    March 23, 2015 - April 10, 2015

    We are in need of 2-3 volunteers to help 1-2 weekdays sometime in late March or April to control invasive autumn olive at Clinch Valley Farm Preserve in Richlands, VA. Schedule will be made depending on volunteer interest and availability and staff schedules. Volunte... Learn more

  • Bird Sign Installation

    Virginia Coast Reserve
    April 15, 2015 - May 15, 2015

    The Nature Conservancy is seeking volunteers to post signs on Virginia Coast Reserve barrier islands which notify visitors about important bird nesting and resting areas. Commitment: One day minimum. This is physical work requiring the ability to ride in a boat to th... Learn more

  • Eelgrass Seed Collection

    Offshore Oyster, VA
    May 22, 2015 - June 05, 2015

    Be a part of the LARGEST SEAGRASS RESTORATION in the World! The Nature Conservancy, along with several partners in the Seaside Seagrass Community Restoration Program, is once again gearing up for the largest seagrass restoration project in the world! We are looking f... Learn more

  • Prescribed Fire Volunteers : Burn Crew

    Various locations in Virginia
    February - May

    Are you interested in coming out to help with prescribed fires in 2015? We are looking for qualified volunteers for various sites around Virginia from February through May. Do you have the right qualifications? Conservancy volunteer burn crew members must meet the s... Learn more

Special Events

  • Fortune's Cove Nature Ramble

    Fortune's Cove Preserve
    Nelson County, VA near Lovingston
    May 17, 2015

    Join volunteer naturalist Susan McSwain at The Nature Conservancy’s Fortune's Cove Preserve (Nelson County, VA) for a guided hike and nature ramble. Hang out afterwards for lunch at a nearby café. Hike is weather dependent and space is limited. RSVP to... Learn more

  • Cumberland Marsh Preserve Guided Hike

    Cumberland Marsh Preserve
    New Kent County, VA
    May 17, 2015

    Join volunteer naturalist James Shelton at The Nature Conservancy’s Cumberland Marsh Preserve (New Kent County, VA) for a guided hike. There will be a special emphasis on birding: possible sightings include spotted sandpiper, tanagers, warblers, and Swanson&rs... Learn more

  • Tree Planting and Tree Tube Maintenance

    Elk Garden Tract near Lebanon, VA
    Russell County
    April 04, 2015 - April 25, 2015

    The Nature Conservancy is in need of 5-10 volunteers to help plant native trees and perform tree tube maintenance on the Elk Garden property near Lebanon, VA. Volunteers must be comfortable walking in hilly terrain, carrying equipment such shovels and dibble bars fo... Learn more

  • Invasive Garlic Mustard Control Workday

    Cowbane Natural Area Preserve/South River Preserve
    Augusta County near Stuart’s Draft
    April 18, 2015

    Volunteers are needed to help control invasive garlic mustard by hand-pulling flowering second year plants and smaller first year plants. We need lots of hands, 10-20 volunteers, who are comfortable working in brushy conditions outside, exposed to the weather and in... Learn more

  • Invasive Garlic Mustard Control

    Fraser Preserve
    Fairfax County, VA
    April 11, 2015

    Volunteer leaders, Daly and Georgina Chin, will be supervising a volunteer workday at the Conservancy’s Fraser Preserve in Northern Virginia near Great Falls. We are in need of 10-15 volunteers to help hand-pull the flowering second year plants and smaller fir... Learn more

  • Trail Maintenance at Voorhees Preserve

    Voorhees Preserve
    Westmoreland County, VA
    March 28, 2015

    The Voorhees Preserve in Westmoreland County (45 min. east of Fredericksburg) will re-open for the season soon and we need 6-8 volunteers to help clear fallen branches, cut back overgrown vegetation (loppers and hand clippers) and perform general trail maintenance to... Learn more

  • Kyles Ford Trail Building

    Kyles Ford Preserve
    April 11, 2015

    We are in need of 5-10 volunteers to help build trails at the Kyles Ford Preserve on the Clinch River which is a 1.5 hour drive west of Bristol or 2 hour drive from Abingdon, VA. This area contains one of the most biologically diverse concentrations of freshwater mu... Learn more

  • Connect with Nature: An Earth Day Event

    Natural Bridge Park
    15 Appledore Lane
    Natural Bridge, VA 24578
    April 18, 2015

      Join The Nature Conservancy and Natural Bridge Park to celebrate Earth Day in this signature Connect with Nature event.  Volunteers will be removing large areas of non-native plants such as autumn olive, bush honey suckle, and tree-of-heaven that are taki... Learn more

  • Lunch Break Science

    Science Museum of Virginia
    2500 West Broad Street
    Richmond VA 23220-2057
    April 22, 2015

    Join us at the Science Museum of Virginia​ for Lunch Break Science. Feed your mind as well as your body! Brian van Eerden, Virginia's Southern Rivers Program Director, will talk about our work restoring pine savannas and peatlands in Southeastern Virginia. This eve... Learn more

  • Explore the Outdoors

    Huguenot Park and the Community Idea Stations
    10901 Robious Road
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    April 19, 2015

    Spring is a Great Time to Explore the Outdoors! The Nature Conservancy is taking part in this free day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County P... Learn more

  • Nature Rocks Family Hike: Falls Ridge Preserve

    Falls Ridge Preserve
    Montgomery County, southeast of Blacksburg
    April 21, 2015

    Join volunteer naturalist Dorothy Birch at The Nature Conservancy’s Falls Ridge Preserve (Montgomery County, southeast of Blacksburg) for a family hike. The hiking adventure is for kids 6-10 and their families and will include activities such as tree rubbings, ... Learn more

  • Nature Rocks Family Hike : Fraser Preserve

    Fraser Preserve
    April 19, 2015

    Join volunteer naturalist Meagan Chisholm at The Nature Conservancy’s Fraser Preserve in Northern Virginia (near Great Falls) for a family hike. The hiking adventure is for kids 6-10 and their families and will include activities such as tree rubbings, sensory ... Learn more

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The Nature Conservancy. Currently there are no volunteer opportunities available. Please check back soon for upcoming events.


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