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Inside or out, Steep Rock Association benefits from work performed by our amazing volunteers. With over 5,200 acres of protected land, many sets of eyes, ears and hands are needed to monitor, preserve and maintain our special place in this world. Keeping our operation running smoothly and accurately takes many hours of record keeping and data input.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the work of volunteers. Join us as we work to keep Steep Rock Association a treasure for generations to come.

There are many opportunities for you to help (see below). If you have other ideas or ways to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Arturi.

Spring 2017 Volunteering Events

Read through our upcoming volunteer events to find the opportunities that work for you. Registration is not necessary but helpful for planning.


Holiday House Volunteer Day @ Steep Rock Preserve

Sat, April 15 10 am – 12 pm

Help us reclaim the ruins of the long-abandoned Holiday House in Steep Rock Preserve. The forest has taken back its space and we are working to clear the small trees, shrubs, vines, and leaf debris from the old foundations. Light refreshments provided. Please show up dressed appropriately in pants and boots, and brings gloves if you have them!

Duties: Cut brush; move branches; pile wood
Skills Needed: be able to hike to location; drag or carry light branches; some cutting


Earth Day 5k @ Steep Rock Preserve

Saturday April 22, 9 am

Not ready to walk/run the event?  You can still be part of this first annual Earth Day 5k. We need volunteers to make baked goods for the runners and help the morning of with set up and breaking down at the end of the event.

Speaking of clean up, the annual town roadside cleanup will also take place that morning. We hope you will participate.

Duties: Bake/provide good food for the runners. Arrive at 7:00 for setup, help with registration, remain for cleanup
Skills Needed: Baking skills, carry tables or chairs, hand out information


Visitor Surveys in all Three Preserves

Saturday April 29, 7 am – 7 pm (2 hour shifts)
Wednesday April 19, 7am – 7pm (2 hour shifts)

Help us get an understanding of how our preserves are used through a quarterly survey given to our visitors in each of our preserves. Grab a partner and sign up! It’s a great time to catch up with a friend out in our beautiful preserves.

Duties: 2 hour shift at one of the preserves handing out surveys and answering questions.
Skills Needed: Good interaction with others


Future Now Expo @ Town Hall Plaza Washington, CT

Saturday June 24, 11 am – 3 pm

Help us run our table and workshop at this engaging community event coordinated by the Washington Environmental Council. Speak face to face with community members about Steep Rock Association and our commitment to preserving the land in and around Washington. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone! www.futurenowexpo.org

Duties: set up and break down table, hand out information, engage with visitors
Skills Needed: some knowledge of Steep Rock Association and our mission


Weed and Wine: Wednesdays in Judea Garden

From June 14 to August 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Enjoy an evening with fellow gardeners weeding the vegetable beds in Judea Garden.
Duties: Weed, have fun
Skills Needed: hand weed or use tools. (will train)


Garden Time – Judea Garden @ Macricostas Preserve

Help us in Judea Garden as we prep for spring and begin to plant. With your help, we’ve grown, harvested, and distributed over 30,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community who have limited financial resources. Drop by the Garden any time during volunteer hours to lend a hand.

Sat, 4/8: Spring Clean-Up, 9 AM – 12PM
Sun, 4/0: Spring Clean-Up, 1PM- 4PM
Sun, 4/23: Early Planting Day, 1PM-4 PM
Sat, 5/20: Planting Day, 9 AM- 12PM
Sun, 5/21: Planting Day, 1PM- 4PM
Sun, 6/4: Planting Day, 9 AM- 1PM

Duties: Prepare beds for planting; plant seeds; plant seedlings
Skills Needed: Rake, dig, weed, willingness to learn


Ongoing Opportunities 2017

Kiosks

Our kiosks, located in all the preserves, are an important communication center for SRA.
Duties: Keep SRA kiosks current by posting/removing flyers and notices.
Skills Needed: Must be able to lift kiosk front; Ability to access kiosks

Visitor Surveys in the Preserves

Help us get an understanding of how our preserves are used through a quarterly survey given to our visitors in each of our preserves.
Duties: 2 hour shift at one of the preserves handing out surveys and answering questions.
Skills Needed: Good interaction with others

Administrative

Strong record keeping will ensure the future of our land.
Duties: Filing, Scanning, Data Entry and social media
Skills Needed: Organizational, administrative, marketing and social media

Citizen Science

Many opportunities to learn about the natural world while supporting science through your observations and data collection.  Conservation science needs you now more than ever.

Check back to see what opportunities are available or contact Rory Larson.

Judea Garden

With your help, we’ve grown, harvested, and distributed over 30,000 lbs. of fresh produce to members of our community who have limited financial resources.
Duties: Plant, water, weed, harvest
Skills Needed: A willingness to help.
Duties: Adopt a Crop – Be responsible for a row(s) of vegetables including planting and tending.
Skills: Some gardening knowledge helpful
Duties: Help with distribution. Set up/Clean up in Washington Town Hall; Drive produce to New Milford or Warren.
Skills Needed: Ability to lift and carry containers when taking to other location; Need to drive
Duties: Find recipes and create samples for recipients to learn how to use the vegetables
Skills Needed: Good cooking chops

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