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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 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.

Forest Habitat Management – Tree Girdling @ Hidden Valley Preserve

Saturday June 3, 9 am – 11 am

Two characteristics of a healthy forest habitat are: a dense under story of shrubs and saplings; and standing dead trees called snags.  Both provide nesting and foraging opportunities for our local forest birds.  Come help us improve the forest habitat of the Hidden Valley Preserve and enhance the abundance of these two important forest habitat components.  To do this we’ll be stripping a ring of bark off of trees to create the snag, and as the tree dies, more light will reach the forest floor encouraging the growth of shrubs and saplings.  Tools will be provided, but if you have a sharp straight draw knife or hatchet, bring it along.  Dress for work in the woods. Registration required.

Meeting location will be on Sabbaday Lane at the north end of Tatetuck Farm.  Coming from town, turn left onto Sabbaday Lane off of Rte 109(Blackville Rd).  Drive approximately one mile to the sharp bend in the road.  We’ll meet in the grassy pull off on the left.

Volunteer Opportunities in Connecticut

Trail Monitor Training

Saturday, June 17, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

With 40 miles of trails located in three preserves, Volunteer Trail Monitors are SRA’s eyes on the ground.  Monitors will report trail conditions and make small repairs if necessary.  Come to the training session and find out what this volunteer position entails.  The first hour will be in Town Hall and the second hour will be a demonstration hike in Steep Rock. Register on line or call SRA office.

Future Now Expo @ Town Hall Plaza Washington, CT

Saturday June 24, 11 am – 3 pm

Help us run our table and workshop at this engaging community event coordinated by the Washington Environmental Council. Speak face to face with community members about Steep Rock Association and our commitment to preserving the land in and around Washington. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone!

Duties: set up and break down table, hand out information, engage with visitors
Skills Needed: some knowledge of Steep Rock Association and our mission
Commitment: 2 hours

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

Help us in Judea Garden as we prep for spring and begin to plant. 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.

Sat, 5/20: Planting Day, 9 AM- 12PM
Sun, 5/21: Planting Day, 1PM- 4PM
Sun, 6/4: Planting Day, 9 AM- 1PM

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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