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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.

Winter 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.

Washington Gives – National Day of Service
Monday, January 21st 2019; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Washington, CT

The town of Washington is commemorating the life, works and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a day of service titled “Washington Gives.” Businesses, schools and non-profit groups along with the town of Washington will come together to provide a daylong event filled with service-oriented activities.


Steep Rock Association’s “Washington Gives” Opportunities:

Cancelled due to poor weather. 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Join SRA Trails and Preserves Coordinator Mike Giapponi  to remove encroaching vegetation on trails in Hidden Valley Preserve (198 Bee Brook Road).  Volunteers should dress warmly and are encouraged to bring work gloves and tools (such as loppers).

All Day: Expand Steep Rock Association’s digital photography library.
Photos could be of:

  • People – enjoying SRA; (There will be a work group in Hidden Valley Preserve from 10 am – noon)
  • Trails – boardwalks, bridges, blazes, key points (please identify preserve and trail)
  • Winter scenes – icicles in the railroad tunnel, ferns, wildlife tracks, people tracks

Please view this PDF for more information on photography submissions.

Top 14 photos will be exhibited at SRA office with reception on First Friday 2/1 from 4:00 – 6:00

For more information on Washington Gives, visit the event listing here.

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