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Become a Volunteer Preserve Visitation Committee Member or Island Steward.  Help us monitor and maintain preserves throughout the state and at the Virginia Coast Reserve.  Learn how!

Lead a nature walk.  Experienced volunteer naturalists needed for seasonal hikes.  Hit the trails!


Ongoing Special Events


  • Largest Seagrass Restoration in the World!

    Oyster, VA (Eastern Shore)
    Late May - Early June

    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 for 100 volunteer snorkelers and water lovers to collect mill... Learn more


  • Avian Monitoring

    Warm Springs Mountain Preserve
    Mid-May - Mid-June

    The Nature Conservancy is conducting breeding bird surveys in the western mountains of Virginia and are looking for volunteers who have ornithology and bird identification by sound and sight experience. Carpooling may be available from Charlottesville, Staunton or Le... Learn more


  • Visitor Outreach Volunteer

    Public Boat Ramps on Eastern Shore
    May - August

    The Nature Conservancy is looking for two or more volunteers available from the late-May through mid-August. We need at least 60 hours of volunteer service total, so two volunteers would need to work 30 hours each (about 1.5 hours a week) to conduct visitor outreach ... Learn more


Special Events


  • Chestnut Orchard Weeding

    Fortune’s Cove Preserve (35 miles south of Charlottesville, VA / carpooling available)

    May 07, 2014 - May 08, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy is looking for 5-7 volunteers to help with chestnut orchard maintenance and weeding on either Wed, May 7 or Thur, May 8. We will be picking the date the most volunteers can help. The Conservancy will provide tools as we weed the chestnut orchar... Learn more


  • Virginia Cave Week - Cave and Karst Fest at Skyline Caverns

    Skyline Caverns
    10334 Stonewall Jackson Hwy. (U.S. Route 340), Front Royal, VA
    April 26, 2014

    More than 4,000 caves have been documented in Virginia. They provide habitat for rare and threatened species, such as the Virginia big-eared bat (Virginia’s state bat) and the Madison Cave isopod. Karst landscapes are characterized by caves, springs, sinkholes,... Learn more


  • Trail Maintenance

    Fortunes Cove Preserve (35 miles from Charlottesville, VA)
    May 24, 2014

    Ten volunteers are needed to maintain a hiking trail through The Nature Conservancy's Fortune's Cove Preserve, a rugged mountainous trail around 5 miles long. Volunteers will use hand tools like heavy rakes and hoes and pulaskis to shape the trail, moving dirt, root... Learn more


  • Oyster Castle Project

    Eastern Shore near Machipongo, VA (Boxtree Farm)
    April 24, 2014 - April 30, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy is in phase II of the Idaho Reef Castle Project that started last year. We’ll be continuing to use oyster castle blocks to raise the surface of an old, dead oyster reef to allow it to become functional oyster habitat that will be capable ... Learn more


  • Living Shoreline Workshop

    Occohannock on the Bay Camp and Retreat Center
    9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA
    May 01, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy and the Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council (ES RC&D) are in the final stages of installing a 1,000 foot living shoreline project at Occohannock on the Bay Camp and Retreat Center (Camp Occohannock) to protect proper... Learn more


  • Marsh Grass Planting

    Belle Haven, VA (Eastern Shore)
    May 01, 2014 - May 02, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy is in need of 12-15 volunteers to continue planting marsh grass as part of the living shoreline demonstration project at Camp Occohannock in Belle Haven, VA. The first round of planting occurred in October and volunteers are needed May 1 and 2 ... Learn more


  • Invasive Autumn Olive Control Workday

    Cowbane Natural Area Preserve/South River Preserve (Augusta County near Stuart’s Draft)
    April 26, 2014

    Volunteers are needed to help control invasive Autumn Olive by lopping the bushes with handsaws and clippers and using hand sprayers to spray Round-Up. The Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve (Department of Conservation and Recreation—Natural Heritage Divisio... Learn more


  • Sweetlife Festival Volunteers

    Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD, approx 1 hr. from Arlington)
    May 10, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring Sweetgreen’s annual Sweetlife Festival, a music and food festival focused on sustainability and sourcing food from local and organic farms. We are in need of volunteers to help at the festival’s “Eco-Stores&rdquo... Learn more


  • Bird Sign Installers

    Virginia Coast Reserve Barrier Islands
    April 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy seeks 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 the isl... Learn more


  • Nature Rocks Falls Ridge Preserve

    Falls Ridge Preserve
    April 26, 2014

    Join The Nature Conservancy and Nature Rocks for an adventure trail walk and nature exploratory program. Projects may include scavenger hunts, critter counts, and tree rubbing. Ideal for children between 6-10 years old. Discover the magic of nature! Falls Ridge Prese... 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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