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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

Fall 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.

Visitor Surveys in the Preserves @ All Three Preserves – Winter Survey Dates

Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 2 hour shifts
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 2 hour shifts

Help us get an understanding of how our preserves are used for the fall 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: Friendly personality & positive interaction with others
Commitment: 2 hours 

Clerical Miracle Workers

We need help on more than our trails and garden! If you have admin acumen we would love to have you come help out in our office.
Duties: Scanning projects, data entry
Skills Needed: Computers, Organizational
Commitment: 2 hours/week/minimum; Mon-Fri between 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Garden Bed Builders

Judea Garden is growing! The wood is cut, we just need volunteers with light carpentry skills (drilling) to assemble and install them.
Duties: Assembling raised garden beds with drills
Skills Needed: Light carpentry, ability to lift heavy wood
Commitment: Roughly one hour per bed

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


There are a number of community events throughout the year that SRA would like to have a table at to spread the word about our wonderful Land Trust.  We need friendly people like you to man (or woman) the tables.
Duties: Set up table at event and pass out information about Steep Rock Association
Skills Needed: Positive interaction with others
Commitment: 2-4 hours depending on length of event


Calling all bakers!  If you love to bake and want to help Steep Rock Association with your skills, we are looking for bakers to whip up treats for events and volunteers as needed.
Duties: Bake goods and deliver to SRA Office/Local Event
Skills Needed: Baking
Commitment: n/a

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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