There are a number of volunteer opportunities even in the dead of winter. If you are interested in volunteering, we probably have some interesting ideas for you. Thousands of volunteer hours are required each year to plant and maintain buffers, write grants, plan and run landowner outreach workshops, and expand conservation education. However, there is a wide variety of other volunteer tasks that need willing hands and hears.
Did you know that DTU manages a native tree and shrub nursery at Millport Conservatory? We do. And those native trees and shrubs are used at our project sites. For 6 to 7 weeks each Spring and Fall, volunteers are needed to plant riparian buffers on project sites. Once those project sites are completed, there is maintenance work required to develop healthy buffers and to remove invasive trees, shrubs and grasses so that native species can thrive.
In 2019, Penn State joined the effort and now partners to help run the successful nursery, but volunteers are needed to start the seedings in the Spring and to water and weed them throughout the Summer. Pennsylvania’s Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about current and past impacts on the environment and how to mitigate them. In addition, students learn about PA’s coldwater resources, all while raising trout in the classroom. According to records kept by PA Fish and Boat Commission, currently there are 33 of these programs in Lancaster County, 24 of which are supported by DTU. In 2021, DTU is looking for ways to expand its support for schools and TIC classrooms. Volunteers may be needed to deliver some of this expanded support.
Volunteers are needed to write articles for The Mayflyer, to help stock trout, to work on the annual Spring Fundraiser, to support Facebook, to create or supply educational articles/videos for the website, and to serve as public speakers from time-to-time.
Is there anything that might deserve some of your time? Or do you have any other ideas that might be implemented via volunteer grit and determination? Then please contact DTU Volunteer Coordinator, Ken Graff at firstname.lastname@example.org, about your area of interest. Currently, he is continuing to build a volunteer data base of member interests.