Volunteer With The Nature Conservancy

Oyster Catcher Construction & Installation

Two smiling women stand in thigh deep water during a volunteer event to build oyster reefs. Reefs blocks are visible in the background just above the surface of the water.
Oyster Volunteers Students from UVA's Marine Science Society join TNC staff to build oyster castles at Short Prong Marsh. © Bo Lusk / TNC
Volunteer Overview

Help protect and restore marsh habitat on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Pull on your waders, roll up your sleeves and get dirty for nature!

TNC is deploying a variety of oyster reef restoration techniques in an effort to restore a marsh island that protects the village of Wachapreague from increased daily wave activity as the inlet between Cedar and Parramore Islands grows in size.

Use the tabs below to explore dates and times, find more detailed descriptions about the work and watch our new video highlighting the value and rewards of volunteering.

Volunteer opportunities range from the relatively light-duty work of creating lightweight oyster catcher substrate at Brownsville Preserve to boating out from Wachapreague with our team to drop off oyster catcher substrate at high tide, to helping build the new oyster habitat at low tide. 

In 2022, 76 volunteers contributed 600+ hours across 46 days to construct and install more than 300 oyster catcher table pieces and over 700 oyster castles! Help us keep the tide of restoration rolling!

For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Dalke, Volunteer Program Manager, jdalke@tnc.org or 540-335-1302 (mobile, text available).

In person work
Nassawadox, VA
Mar 07 - May 01, 2023
Multiple dates and varied times
Jennifer Dalke