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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 places 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.  Seasonal opportunities are directly below or scroll down for ongoing opportunities – we need your help throughout the seasons.

Volunteer Opportunities in Connecticut

Spring 2018 Volunteering Events

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

Gallery Attendant
Saturday, March 31 through Sunday, April 15
Gallery hours: Wednesday– Sunday1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(volunteers can choose any time in these time frames)
Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Greet visitors to the Judea Garden 10th Season Celebration exhibit featuring artwork by local Shepaug Valley High School students.  Various shifts available. 

Volunteer Gathering
Saturday, April 7 9:00 AM
SRA Office: 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot

Interested in volunteering for Steep Rock but not quite sure what it involves.  Come to the SRA office, meet staff, and learn about the organization. Together we’ll find a great volunteer fit for you.

Judea Garden Spring Cleaning
Saturday, April 7 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 8 1:00 PM– 4:00 PM

Get Judea Garden ready for spring by cleaning up winter debris and prepping garden beds for planting.

Bushwhacking 101: Nature Preserve Monitoring
Saturday, April 14 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

We own over thirty preserves in town and each year we walk their boundaries to monitor for ecosystem health, signs of trespass, and presence of wildlife. With all that work, we need your help.  Join us for a morning of blitzing through the monitoring process which will include training, walking the preserves, and reporting.  Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is required for this opportunity.  Learn more here.

Earth Day 5K
Saturday, April 21 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (entire time not necessary)

Steep Rock Preserve

Along with Washington Environmental Council, we are hosting a second annual Earth Day 5K in Steep Rock Preserve.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, and to bring post-race snacks for runners.

Judea Garden Early Planting Day
Sunday, April 22 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Let’s get those plants who don’t mind some cool weather into the ground.

Trail Monitor Training
Saturday, April 28 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

With forty plus miles of trails to maintain, we need eyes on the grounds to make sure the footpaths stay in tip top shape.  Our two hour training starts inside with an overview of trail maintenance and reporting and then we’ll move outdoors onto a trail to put these practices to work. Please Register Here. 

Event Photographers
Various events 

Calling all snap happy individuals.  We are looking for volunteer photographers to photograph events and happenings in our preserves.  We can provide a camera if you do not have your own.

Citizen Science

Do you enjoy observing nature? Will you help us collect data for science.  Training is on us.  Collect info on frogs, birds, plants, insects and more. Conservation science needs you now more than ever.

Duties, Skills Needed, Commitment: An interest in the natural world






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