Do you have a green thumb? Meadowside Nature Center has several native plant gardens that require regular upkeep, and we need your help!Volunteers will assist with maintaining the gardens by weeding, watering, deadheading, preparing garden beds, mulching, and general clean-up. The work is physical but rewarding!Native plant gardens help our visitors learn what a balanced ecosystem looks like, and how pretty they can be (with YOUR help!).We are looking for experienced gardeners who can help out during the week!
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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Brookside Nature Center will be "buzzing" with sweet displays, demonstrations, activities and crafts at our popular Honey Harvest Festival. Volunteers help with all aspects of the festival, from parking and crafts, to the set up and breakdown at the end of the day. SSL credit can be earned! Bring your lunch! Snacks are provided. *Volunteers must pre-register - walk-ins are not allowed*
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Scout
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from Sept. 15 through October 15, Meadowside Nature Center is having a celebration to highlight Central and South American cultures and community. From Noon to 3pm we will have a live band that plays salsa, merengue, and cumbia, as well as food, crafts and games! Join us for this fun mini-festival!Volunteers will help with set-up, crafts and take-down of the event. We are looking for spanish-speaking volunteers that can help out from 11 am to 3:15 pm.Volunteers must pre-register. SSL Approved!
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 14
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Youth, Student Service Learning
Brookside Nature Center is looking for evening help to feed our shy, wild and nocturnal flying squirrels.Volunteers fill four platform feeders with sunflower seeds for these small mammals (and marauding raccoons) once a week at dusk. This is a perfect job for independent adult volunteers who have only a half hour at the most to spare for volunteering once a week.A schedule will be set up with staff, and is flexible for vacations and illness. Volunteers are needed to feed the squirrels on Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Have your group help conserve natural areas on parkland by participating in a service project at Brookside Nature Center. Projects may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, cleaning-up streams and improving natural surface trails. Exact project activities will depend on time of year, and age and size of group.Fill out an application or call to discuss setting up a project for your group!
Volunteer Type: Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Montgomery Parks is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! Sometimes the Brookside Nature Staff have projects in mind, but the number of Eagle candidates far outnumbers them. It is often up to the scout to find a suitable project. We suggest you explore the area to see what amenities you can help create or restore. Park staff will work with you to review your project proposal prior to approval.
Volunteer Type: Scout
Job Type: Short-term (1-8 weeks)
Montgomery Parks Locust Grove Nature Center is a great place for you to do your Eagle Scout project! We are currently seeking Eagle Scouts for various projects: Tree planting, trail restoration, new activities for our Nature Exploration Area and invasive plant removal.
Are you a group leader looking to do some Team Building, have your group give back to the environment, or just them get out in the parks? We can help you with that! We are always looking from groups like yours to help us with several types of projects in the parks, including Weed Warrioring (removing bad plants so good plants can thrive); Trail Projects (building or restoring natural surface paths); Park Cleanups; Nature Center Projects (can including gardening/mulching/restoring play areas/trails/etc.); Gardening; helping New Trees Survive; Spreading Wood Fiber at Plagrounds and many more.Contact our office by applying to this job, or just give us a call at 301-495-2504.We will need to know some basic information to set you up with the right project, including:- Size and ages of group- When and Where would be convenient for your group- Any restrictions (need bathrooms, running water on site)- Group Leader contact information (and anyone who needs to be copied on any correspondence.Thanks - we look forward to working with your group on setting up a great project in the Parks!(Make sure you fill out the GROUP application - it's much shorter!)
Minimum age of volunteers: 8
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate