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. Our next elementary & secondary training sessions start on August 25th, 2021. To see the full schedule of training dates and sign-up, click here! A love of nature and working with children is all that’s required – we’ll teach you the rest!

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).

Habitat Restoration Group (Great Opportunity for Youth ages 14 years and older!)

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. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing.

Advanced registration is required. No bathroom facilities will be available as our nature center is currently closed. A portable restroom with hand sanitizer is located in our parking lot for public use. In the event of inclement weather, please check our website for cancellation notice. For groups interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Tabby Fique to register your group

Fall 2021 Habitat Group Dates are coming soon.

Corporate Volunteering Events

Groups of six or more people can schedule a individual volunteering work day with Conservancy staff. Projects included removing invasive plants, maintaining planting areas, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes and long sleeves are recommended. To schedule a work day for your employees or group, please contact Tabby Fique .

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.