Have you ever rang a dinner bell for a flying squirrel?Flying squirrels are perhaps the coolest woodland creature you've never seen. Every evening around dusk, these secretive creatures come out in search of food, gliding up to 100 feet in between trees.Locust Grove Nature Center is looking for volunteers passionate about wildlife for our new Flying Squirrel Feeder Program. Load our feeding platforms with nutritious sunflower seeds, use our pulley system to hoist the platforms high into the trees, and ring the dinner bell. Then watch as flying squirrels glide from platform to platform for a free meal.An orientation to the program and training provided. After completing training, you must demonstrate an ability to work independently without a staff member.Schedule Flying squirrels are creatures of habit, and for the success of the program, volunteers must be willing to commit to a routine. We're looking for volunteers who can come once a week at dusk for approximately a half hour. Available to individuals or groups, However, at least one volunteer must be over the age of 18, since the shift is scheduled at dusk and at times when the Nature Center may be closed.
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks), Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
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Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful Lodge at Little Seneca Creek garden beds. These include: three large front garden beds and one rear garden bed with large hydrangea, flowering shrubs and perennial flowers. Duties include weeding, watering an cutting back shrubs and flowers. Volunteers work as a group on an agreed upon weekday morning once per week for a couple of hours, beginning April 15 and ending Nov 1. Basic gardening knowledge and experience required.
Background check required: No
Volunteer Type: Adult
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
Brookside Nature Center* is located in a lovely wooded spot in Wheaton Regional Park. While most of areas around the Center are left to nature, we take pride in our many different types of gardens that show visitors how important plants are for wildlife! These gardens are always being suplemented and require regular upkeep. We need volunteers to keep them looking good! If you love plants and insects, if you want to learn more about native species and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, please consider applying.The work will include weeding, laying down compost and wood chips, pruning, watering, and transplanting. We are looking for someone who can commit to at least one season (April - November) come weekly, and who can handle shovels, wheelbarrows and heavy lifting. Training is included, given by a professional horticulturalist. Click on Duties and Requirements to get more details about this volunteer position.*Not BROOKSIDE GARDENS! Please search again if you are interested in the Brookside (botanic) Garden (not the nature center) opportuniities.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern
Montgomery Parks offers many wonderful programs throughout the year for residents in Montgomery County and beyond. While Park staff and volunteers help run these programs, we also provide support services to individuals with disabilities to encourage their participation in the activities of their choice. Activities can include ice skating, tennis, and a variety of interactive nature and history programs.Inclusion Support Volunteers help us meet this need by modifying activities for individuals with disabilities and facilitating positive social interactions with others.We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with programs located at either an ice rink, a tennis facility, historic site or nature center. A schedule will be worked out with staff, but we are looking for a committment to the duration of the program or season.Volunteers will receive training and placed with programs where and when they are needed. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others, and want to help everyone have fun, learn something and enjoy themselves at one of our parks! **When applying, please fill out the OPTIONAL information section of the application (at the bottom) so we can see if this will be a good match**
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning, Intern, Pro-bono
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months), Long-term (6 months+)
Enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love of history? Bring history to life as a Henson Ambassador!Travel around the region introducing audiences to the Rev. Josiah Henson and his extraordinary journey from slavery to freedom. Share upcoming plans for the new Josiah Henson Museum opening in 2020. Learn all about Rev. Henson and the Museum project in our free training classes.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Student Service Learning
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Want to share your love of history? Become a tour guide at the historic one-room Kingsley Schoolhouse in Little Bennett Regional Park. The school is furnished as it was in the 1920s in a beautiful rural setting. Help visitors learn what school was like in the past! The schoolhouse is open the first Sunday of each month, April through October.FREE training provided.