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Virtual Volunteer Gathering

Virtual Volunteer Gathering

  • August 26, 2021
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

New and existing volunteers are invited to attend a Virtual Volunteer Gathering by Zoom to learn about the volunteer opportunities available at the Conservancy, meet the staff, and hear everything that has been happening over the past year. Current volunteers are encouraged to attend to learn about some other ways that you might share your talents, ask questions, and share your ideas. The meeting will include breakout groups for brief introductions to thevarious volunteer roles. Upon registration, you will be asked to identify two breakout groups from those listed below that you are interested in participating in during the session. Prior registration is required; Zoom meeting details will be emailed to you after you register. Please email sara@delawarehighlands.org with any questions.

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Volunteer Roles & Breakout Sessions

Monitoring Conservation Easements – This opportunity involves an annual visit to protected properties to ensure that the conditions of the property’s conservation easement are being met. The visits are conducted in coordination with our Stewardship Coordinator and are generally done between April and November. The conservation easements are throughout the Upper Delaware River Region, in NY and PA. Each property is a bit different. Learn more from Nicole DeCarolis, Stewardship Coordinator, in the monitoring breakout group.

Property and Trail Maintenance – This opportunity primarily revolves around the new Van Scott Nature Reserve. Opportunities will be identified by our Reserve and Administration Senior Coordinator and will generally include trail maintenance, planting and maintaining new landscaping around the new headquarters office, and perhaps some minor repairs or small carpentry projects. There may be needs at any time of the year. Learn more from Jason Zarnowski, Reserve and Administration Senior Coordinator, in the Property and Trail Maintenance breakout group.

Eagle Watch – The Eagle Watch occurs on weekends through January and February each year. Volunteers collect data on both wintering eagles and resident pairs while assisting visitors have the best eagle watching experience and educating the public in “Eagle Etiquette” to protect the eagles and their habitat. Other volunteers will work from the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA to educate and direct the public to the eagle-viewing areas. Our Barryville, NY office is available for our volunteers to stop in for supplies and rest. Trained Eagle Watch volunteers are also needed throughout the year to help staff booths, provide workshops, monitor nests, and participate in other eagle-related events. Learn more from Sara Velazquez, Education and Development Assistant, in the Eagle Watch breakout group.

Public Outreach Table Events – Public outreach events may occur anytime during the year although are primarily Spring to Autumn at outdoor fairs and events. For instance, the Conservancy has participated in the Honey Bee Festival and the Riverfest in Narrowsburg, NY as well as the Festival of Wood in Milford, PA. With some assistance (and a small amount of training) a volunteer supports the Conservancy by staffing a booth and talking about why they love the Upper Delaware River and what the Conservancy does to protect it. No marketing skills required for this task – just some enthusiasm. Learn more from Carolyn Clark Seifried, Lead Volunteer, in the Public Outreach Table Events breakout group.

Education Programs and Events – This volunteer role will give us a chance to connect people to nature and share information about the environment and conservation while at the Van Scott Nature Reserve. From the organisms in the soil and pond to astronomy lessons in the sky – there are lots of possibilities. Volunteer opportunities will occur year-round, more on weekends but some weekdays and evenings, too. Learn what’s being planned and how you might contribute from Amanda Subjin, Conservation Programs and Education Manager, in the Education Programs and Events breakout session.