Volunteering at the Conservancy….

Volunteers are the backbone of the Howard County Conservancy. From trail maintenance to office assistance, the work of the Conservancy is dependent upon volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers help every year with tasks such as…..

Hike Leaders
Volunteers lead nature hikes for kindergarten through twelfth grade Howard County students during the fall and spring field trip seasons – late March to June and September to November. Field trips usually take places on weekday mornings from about 9 am until 12:30pm. We conduct training sessions is early spring and late summer. Please check back for training dates and times.  If you are interested in becoming a Hike Leader, email us at volunteer@hcconservancy.org. A love of nature and working with children is all that’s required – we’ll teach you the rest!

Spring Volunteer Naturalist training dates begin Wednesday March 8, 2017.  See our 2017 spring volunteer naturalist training flier for more details.

Drop-In Wednesday Morning Gardening
Gardening on Wednesday mornings spring – fall starting at 9:30am. All levels of experience are welcome. Gloves and tools are provided. No need to sign up ahead of time – just drop in and join the crew! (Volunteers under 18 – parent signature required prior to volunteering).

butterflygarden_photo-21Habitat Restoration Group (Great Opportunity for Youth!)
The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes and long sleeves are recommended.

Habitat Group Dates through June 2017:

Thursday, March 23rd 3:00pm-5:00pm              Thursday, May 11th 3:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, April 13th 3:00pm-5:00pm                 Thursday, June 8th 3:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, April 27th 3:00pm-5:00pm                 Thursday, June 22nd 3:00pm-5:00pm

Office Volunteers/Greeters
Volunteers or “Greeters” are the face and voice of the Conservancy. They help answer phones, greet visitors to the Gudelsky Center, and assist with other clerical duties. They play a vital role in daily life at the Conservancy as they are usually the ones the public interacts with first, whether it be by phone or in person at our Nature Center. Greeters volunteer for AM (9 am – 12pm) or PM (12 pm – 3 pm) shifts Monday through Friday while our Nature Center is open typically on a weekly basis.

Event Volunteers
Volunteers help with special events at the Conservancy. These events typically happen in the evenings or on weekends. Duties include setting up tables and chairs, greeting guests, collecting admission when applicable, assisting with refreshments, and clean up.

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We occasionally need to recruit volunteers to help feed and water our animals and clean their enclosures. We have a diamondback terrapin, grey tree frog, snake, chickens, goats and a barred owl. This is a great family volunteer opportunity. Persons over 14 may apply and a one-hour training is required. Volunteers need to be available sometime between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to have access to indoor animals.

Special Skills
Volunteers with other skills, such as handyman/woman, computers and crafts are often needed for special projects. These opportunities are on an as needed basis.

Lots to do. Lots of fun doing it. And pride in the preserving of a County Treasure!

Phone us at: 410-465-8877 or send us a message via email.