Rhode Island

Get Involved

Several people walk along a boardwalk toward the camera in a wooded area.
Rhode Island Field work along the Dundery Book Trail in the John C. Whitehead Preserve near Little Compton, Rhode Island. © Cate Brown

Make a Difference

Nature needs everyone! Join us for a volunteer work day on a nearby nature trail or check out one of the many other ways to get involved with TNC in Rhode Island.

Volunteer Projects in Rhode Island

Preserve Monitor

Volunteering can be as easy as taking a walk in the woods! Stop by your favorite TNC preserve once a month and report back on trail conditions. Your feedback helps keep our preserves safe for all. Select a preserve through the Volunteer Sign-up Form or contact cheryl.swinconeck@tnc.org or jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Corporate Volunteers

We can accommodate groups of up to 8 volunteers for trail work days at our preserves. If your company is interested in a community service project or team-building day in nature, let us know! Contact cheryl.swinconeck@tnc.org or jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Oyster Shell Recycling

TNC is recruiting volunteers to manage “zero waste” stations at the Newport Oyster Festival (May 18 & 19), the Ocean State/Providence Oyster Festival (September TBD) and the Newport Seafood Festival (October 19 & 20). Volunteers direct festival-goers to separate empty shells from their trays and utensils, so that TNC can put them back in the water to make new oyster reefs in Rhode Island. Contact tmooney@tnc.org.


Shorebird Program (April – August)

Help our staff keep track of nesting piping plovers and least terns at Goosewing Beach Preserve. No experience necessary, training provided. Contact jeanne.cooper@tnc.org.

Nature Photographers

Enjoy taking photographs or short videos outside? Join a community of volunteer photographers who share their talents to help capture our nature preserves, habitat restoration projects and the people we serve. We'll share them on social media, in our newsletters and much more! Contact tmooney@tnc.org