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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

Early Fall 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.

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 (denise.arturi@steeprockassoc.org). The cold spring means we have a lot of catching up to do!

Nature Preserve Monitoring:
A Unique Exploration in Nature
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SRA Office (2 Green Hill Road, Washington)

For the second time this year, SRA invites you to scramble through the remote corners of Washington, and explore the landscape in a truly unique way. Did you know that we have over 30 preserves scattered throughout town? These preserves range from wetlands to mixed hardwood forest; some are old apple orchards while old growth forests and glacial boulder fields dominate others. The one thing they all have in common is that we must walk their boundaries annually, monitoring the preserves for ecosystem health, signs of trespass, and presence of wildlife. This fall, we ask for your help. If you have ever driven the roads of Washington and wondered what lay beyond those yellow “Steep Rock Preserve” property signs, now is your chance to find out.

We will start the day at 9:00 a.m. with a 1 hour training (coffee and light refreshments provided) at the Steep Rock Office, located at 2 Green Hill Rd. in Washington Depot, CT. Learn how to use your smartphone as a GPS, what to look for as you walk the preserves, and how to mark and record your findings.  Bring a friend or we will match you with a partner, and then drive out to your assigned preserve to begin monitoring. After walking the boundaries and recording any findings, meet back at the Steep Rock Office to share your experiences and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

Terrain and hiking difficulty vary widely. Participants have the option to register for easy, intermediate, or difficult routes. Easier routes consist of hikes totaling less than 45 minutes through flatter terrain and harder ones are hikes over 2 hours through steeper areas. Please note that in all of the preserves, some degree of bushwhacking will be necessary. Participants should wear/bring sturdy waterproof boots, thick pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, a backpack, and cell phone if you have one. An adult must accompany children under 18.  Registration is required. Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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