Volunteer

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2015 will be one of the busiest and most ambitious years in ACLT history!

We are so excited to be revitalizing the ACLT Volunteer Program to offer even more fun and fellowship in addition to the satisfaction of making a difference at the Parkers Creek Preserve.

 

Volunteers help by:

  • Being our ACLT Ambassadors at festivals, fairs and community awareness events.
  • Becoming trail stewards and/or performing trail maintenance while hiking.
  • Becoming trained for Water Quality Monitoring
  • Participating in trail maintenance days – regularly or whenever available.
  • Helping at events like our Earth Day 5K, farm events, and other great activities.
  • Assisting the office with large mailings, event preparations, and other office work.

3000 acres is a lot to take care of.  It’s thanks to our volunteers that so much has been accomplished.  We need help and value every minute you can spare to care for the Parkers Creek Preserve.

Register for the “Force of Nature Volunteer Team” or talk to Pam (ACLT’s Community Relations Coordinator) at volunteer@acltweb.org or by calling 410-414-3400.

Want to become a Hiking or Canoe Guide for ACLT?  Check out our calendar for training on May 16th!

 

Activity Descriptions

Here’s a list of some activities you can be a part of:

Trail Stewards:  Work with our land manager to select a trail that you can adopt to care for like it were your own! Hike it frequently, moving branches and noting tree roots.  Report back to the land manager for major repairs and upkeep.

Communications Team:  Help keep up with our communications plan by assisting with Mailings, Press Release writing, Marketing Materials, and updating national trail/hiking/outdoor sites.  Great options for volunteering from home.

Canoe Guides:  Qualified and experienced paddlers can sign up for training each May to become an ACLT Canoe Guide on our Parkers Creek Trips.

Naturalists:  Volunteer naturalists are needed to lead guided hikes throughout the year.  Training occasionally available!

Farm/Garden:  If you love to be in the garden, we need help planting, weeding, watering and harvesting!  This is a special year as the farm changes over to primarily supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks. You’ll be helping so many people with your volunteer hours!  We also have pollinator gardens, rain gardens and demonstrations that are teaching tools for the public.

Events Team:  ACLT hosts many outreach events that require lots of help, from set up to socializing, to running games and food tables, our event team is a critical aspects of ACLT’s ability to reach its goals in 2015! Some activities can be done from home.

Water Quality Monitoring:  This is a great option for our Citizen Scientists.  WQM takes place on Parkers Creek monthly and helps us track the health of the watershed.  Training provided!

Weed Whacking Wednesdays: Join our weekly Wednesday group to care for our South Side trails.

Thursday Trail Adventurers:  Join our bi-weekly Thursday Team that cares for our North Side trails.

Spring/Fall Trail Maintenance:  Twice a year, ACLT gathers a large group of volunteers to spend a Saturday morning doing large projects and maintenance.  ACLT provides equipment, food and fun. You provide the elbow grease!

Happy Trails Signage Team:  At the beginning of each month, this team takes an hour or two to check on trailheads, make suggestions for posting info, refill brochures, collect sign-in sheets: record numbers, collect email addresses and make sure our signs look good.

ACLT Ambassadors:  Like talking to people?  If you are a proud ACLT member and enjoy socializing, consider becoming one of our Ambassadors.  This team will create an ACLT display table that will be set up and offer information for you to use to spread the word about ACLT at events and expos throughout the year!

Musicians: ACLT will have a variety of events in 2015 that we would like to make even more festive with live music!  If you are a musician that plays family friendly country, bluegrass, pop/rock classics, or jazz please get in touch with the Community Relations Coordinator at 410-414-3400. Can’t wait to hear you!

Handy People (Carpenters/Equipment Repair/Electrical):  We have multiple barns and buildings and equipment to maintain them.  Our Handy People help us with general maintenance and building projects. Carpentry skills valuable for sign-in box building, bridge repairs, etc.

 

Parkers Creek Photo used courtesy of Alan Eckert

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