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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

Summer 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.


Trails Waterbar Workday

Saturday, July 22, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hidden Valley Preserve, Main Entrance on Rte. 41

Water is the trails’ number one enemy, and erosion can quickly deteriorate the quality of a trail.  Waterbars are one trail structure that can help curb the effect of erosion.  Waterbars are logs or dips installed across the trail that direct the water off the trail.  Help us battle against the erosive effects of the rain by installing waterbars on several of the trails in the Hidden Valley Preserve.  We’ll be working not far into the preserve off of Route 47.  Work will consist of digging trenches using a pick mattock and rakes.  Tools can be provided, but if you have a mattock and gloves, bring them along.   Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Look forward to seeing you there.

RSVPs appreciated.


Visitor Surveys in the Preserves

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7am-7pm (2 hour shifts)
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7am-7pm (2 hour shifts)

All Three 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


Habitat Management: Invasive Shrub Control

Saturday, August 19, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Steep Rock Preserve – Riding Ring

Bad news…Invasive plants are the biggest threat to the quality of the habitats within our preserves, and they’re almost anywhere you look.  Good news… we can do something about it.  Come join us in removing invasive shrubs from a floodplain forest habitat.  We’ll be working in the Scout Area of the Steep Rock Preserve, using bowsaws and loppers to cut and drag the shrubs.  With a parent’s supervision, you’re never too young to hold a saw.   All ages are welcome on this morning workday in the woods.  Tools can be provided, but bring a bowsaw or loppers if you have them.  We look forward to seeing you there.


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)
Commitment:  30-90 min


Garden Time – Judea Garden @ Macricostas Preserve

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.

You’ll find our Head Gardener, Denise Arturi and interns Matt & Ted in Judea Garden Monday – Friday from 8:00 – noon.

Weed and Wine is on Wednesday evenings through August 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Come join us!

Duties: Prepare beds for planting; plant seeds; plant seedlings
Skills Needed: Rake, dig, weed, willingness to learn
Commitment: 30 min to 3 hours



Ongoing Opportunities 2017

Keepers of the Kiosks

Do you have a sense of order and maybe a little creativity as well?  Our orientation kiosks, located in all the preserves, are an important communication center for SRA. Help us keep our information current by posting announcements, flyers and other information..
Duties: Keep SRA kiosks current by posting/removing flyers and notices, pick up flyers from SRA office
Skills Needed: Must be able to lift kiosk front; Ability to access kiosks
Commitment: 1-2 hours a month

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: Positive interaction with others
Commitment: 2 hours

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.

Visit the programs page to see what seasonal opportunities are available or contact Rory Larson.  Be sure to check back as we offer new programs often.

Duties, Skills Needed, Commitment: Varies per Citizen Science Project

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.

1.Garden Helper
Duties: Plant, water, weed, harvest
Skills Needed: A willingness to help.
Commitment: Whatever your schedule allows; 15 minutes – 3 hours, weekly or seasonally

2. Adopt a Crop
Duties:  Be responsible for a row(s) of vegetables including planting and tending. (Good to do with a friend or a group of friends!)
Skills: Some gardening knowledge helpful
Commitment: approximately 30 – 60 minutes/week

3.Produce Distribution
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
Commitment: 30 – 60 minutes/week

4. Recipe Tester
Duties: Find/create and test recipes using types of vegetables found in Judea Garden to encourage recipients to use the produce.  Recipes will be posted online and distributed with harvest.
Skills Needed: Good cooking chops
Commitment: per individual

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