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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 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.

Learning Environmental Stewardship and Civic Responsibility

Get outdoors, have fun, and make a difference.  That’s what young teens will experience when they participate in Steep Rock Association’s (SRA) Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) August 14 – 16 2018, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  The teen volunteers will work together on projects in gardens, on trails and campsites, and in wildlife conservation areas throughout SRA’s preserves located in Washington, CT.  Enjoy ice cream and dips in the Shepaug River to cool off after a day of fulfilling accomplishments.  Thursday night, 8/16/18, the teens are invited for an optional nature experience with a traditional camp-out including fishing, whittling hiking sticks, and s’mores over a campfire.

Add a fun experience to your summer and become part of a team of like-minded individuals making an impact on your world.  Sign up by Friday, August 10 via the link below or call our office at 860-868-9131 for more information.  YCC hours may fulfill school required community service hours.

Judea Garden Weekly Workdays
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
@Judea Garden (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

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 or email Denise Arturi ( The cold spring means we have a lot of catching up to do!

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