Volunteer in Rhode Island!

Preserve Monitoring

With 19 nature preserves offering more than 75 miles of hiking trail, the Conservancy relies on volunteer preserve monitors to be its eyes and ears on the ground. If you’re ready to get started, just fill out the Volunteer Information Form, and a Preserve Manager will suggest a preserve or two that need attention. The Manager can also set up a preserve orientation visit for you.
Preserve Monitoring is a fun activity that you can do with friends or your family. It can also be a good option for students who need to log community service hours. For more information, please download the flyer.

Additional Resources:

Preserve Monitoring Report


If you can commit to visiting a preserve once a month and enjoy carrying out basic trail maintenance, considering adopting a trail as a Trail Steward. Priority tasks include removing litter from parking areas, clearing fallen branches from trails, and replacing trail maps. Adopt-a-Trail volunteers can also assist the Preserve Managers with small trail projects on Conservancy preserves. We can often provide equipment and supplies. To become a Trail Steward, please fill out the Volunteer Information Form and a Preserve Manager will point you the right direction. For more information, please download the flyer.


Volunteer workdays can cover a wide range of activities and interests: cutting new trails, building footbridges, removing invasive plants, and assisting our coastal habitat restoration team. Workdays are scheduled by Conservancy staff, and volunteers are notified of these opportunities via email. Some projects, such as bagging oyster shell, require a large group. Other tasks, such as replacing a farm gate or blazing a new trail, can be accomplished with just two or three people and a Preserve Manager. If you would like to join work party, please submit a Volunteer Information Form and we will add you to our email list.

We can also accommodate corporate work parties of up to 20 volunteers. If your company is interested in a community service project or team-building exercise, we can put your employees to work! To get started, just send an email message to ri@tnc.org. If possible, please include the approximate number of volunteers, open dates, and a short description of your goals for the day.


The Nature Conservancy’s Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton is an important nesting area for Piping Plovers and Least Terns during the spring and summer months. Volunteers can help educate beach visitors about these rare shorebirds and assist Conservancy staff collect vital information about the number of nesting pairs and their breeding success. No experience is necessary; we’ll provide the training. Just bring a passion for protecting threatened wildlife and a willingness to engage with beach visitors. For more information, please download the Shorebird Monitoring & Education Program Handbook. To join the Goosewing Beach Preserve team, contact Jeanne Cooper, Preserves Manager, at 401-214-4516 or Jeanne.Cooper@tnc.org 



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