Connect with Nature in Virginia

So You Want to Volunteer?

In FY 2017, 913 volunteers contributed 8,685 hours and helped with more than 100 projects, including preserve trail monitoring, oyster and seagrass restoration, avian monitoring, invasive species control, watershed clean-up, data entry and more!

The first step toward becoming a volunteer is to download and complete the volunteer application and liability release form (pdf).

Click here for a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, outings and events

Additional Ways to Volunteer
  • Preserve Monitoring Program
    Sign up to be a Volunteer Preserve Visitation Committee Member.  Be our eyes, ears and muscles in the field! Help us monitor and maintain preserves throughout the state. 
  • Visitor Outreach (Seasonal)
    Share information about barrier island beach nesting bird conservation with Eastern Shore visitors (May - August).
  • Seagrass Restoration
    Be a part of the largest seagrass restoration project in the world! Volunteer snorkelers are needed each year from late May to early June to help collect eelgrass seeds. 

Contact Jennifer Dalke, volunteer coordinator, at jdalke@tnc.org or (434) 951-0572 for more information.

Volunteers In Action

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Virginia Chapter partnered with Fairfax County Park Authority in Northern Virginia to host the 3rd Annual Watershed Cleanup

The goal of the cleanup was to keep trash and debris out of waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.  Volunteers and staff came out in force despite frigid temperatures and a threat of snow. 602 volunteers gave over 1,500 hours of service at 8 different parks.

Volunteers cleaned over 35 miles of stream, shoreline and trails and collected an estimated 5.1 tons of trash - including a plastic pink flamingo and 1950’s vintage oven. The most common items included plastic bottles and bags, cans, cigarette butts, styrofoam, and glass bottles.  See photos from the day in our Facebook album

View a video from our 2016 clean up event with Fairfax County Park Authority.



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