Volunteer Opportunities

The variety of opportunities available covers all ages and levels of interest--everything from office work, to teaching children on our trails, to working with your hands in the great outdoors!

Our extensive volunteer program is a valuable support network for the ASWP mission. Whatever your age, interest, and availability, we have something for you. Enthusiasm is necessary, but experience is not!

Most volunteer roles require no experience; train on the job! For those positions that require some skills, such as the Volunteer Naturalist Program, we provide full training for free to help you develop what you need. See below for more details about the typical areas where volunteers serve ASWP.

When you are ready, please download a Volunteer Application, complete it and send it to us, and we'll find a place for you. Questions or comments or prefer an application to be mailed to you, just let us know!

We are also a great place for your business, organization, fraternity, sorority, scout troop or club to offer community service opportunities.

Volunteer Areas at ASWP

Environmental Education

This includes the Volunteer Naturalist program, as well as a variety of administrative support opportunities and seasonal activities. The volunteer naturalists lead groups of ten or so school children on thematic nature walks. Each fall and spring, we offer Volunteer Naturalist Training, where we give new naturalists all the natural history background and educational activity plans they need to lead our visiting school children on our trails. Training for new naturalists is offered every March and September.

Audubon Nature Store

The Nature Store can be described as the epicenter of information and activity at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. If you are a friendly person that enjoys engaging visitors and providing information or recommendations to the public, the Nature Store may be the place for you! Volunteer Store Associates assist customers with their purchases, assist visitors with information, and help keep the Nature Store stocked and running smoothly. It is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in nature and seeking a routine schedule. Learn more on the Nature Store page.

Facilities and Reserves

Volunteers play a large part in the routine maintenance of all buildings and grounds at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Succop Nature Park, and Todd Nature Reserve. Audubon Center for Native Plants volunteers meet year-round to care for many native wildflowers they raise every year for sale and restoration projects.

Administrative Assistance

Volunteers fill the roles of telephone receptionists, data entry personnel and clerical support staff at Beechwood, ASWP's headquarters. These are slots are usually a regular schedule, such as of one morning or afternoon a week.

Special Events

Our larger public events, such as Maple Madness or Creatures of the Night always need extra support to operate activity stations, guide groups, help set up and take down, etc. A whole family, class, club or social group can lend a hand together. These are single-day events, so they are easy on your schedule, too. Our events calendar is a great place to see when these events are coming.

If these volunteer opportunities do not suit your skills or interests, we will help you design a volunteer position that makes the most of your abilities. Volunteers have helped us with artwork, website design, video projects, grant writing, marketing, building projects and many other areas.