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Volunteer

Riverbend relies on volunteers to fulfill our environmental education mission and to help maintain our 30-acre preserve. We welcome individuals (from teens to seniors!), corporate groups and schools who share our passion and seek a fun, rewarding volunteer experience. Could that be you?

Update for Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer opportunities. We will be offering limited opportunities for Teen Volunteers this summer! Please see more below.

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all nature lovers, environmental stewards and community supporters! Whether you want to help with land stewardship, education programs, or administrative tasks, we have an array of meaningful opportunities. Note: Riverbend is not accessible by public transportation.

Teen Summer Volunteer Program

Do you want to help the environment and learn about working at a nature center? This summer we will hold a regular outdoor volunteer workdays for students aged 13 and up. Come and spend time working on our 30-acre property with other like-minded kids. We’ll work on clearing invasive vines, planting, weeding, mulching, trail maintenance, caring for young trees in our reforestation area, and more! The program will run on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Health screening checks will be in place and the volunteer numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing. Interested? Please fill out and submit an application.

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EIT (Educators In Training) Ages 16-18

Do you love kids and spending summer days outside?  Consider applying to become an EIT to develop your leadership skills and positively impact younger children. Riverbend has six openings every summer for energetic, motivated students to assist with our camp program. EITs must be able to volunteer for a minimum of the three weeks over the course of the summer.  We are now accepting applications. Please see our Job Opportunites page for more information.

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Event Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at events is an important (and fun!) way to support Riverbend’s mission. If you like people and parties, this is for you! From our fundraising events -- such as Farm to Table and Shiverfest -- to our family programs including Birding and Bagels, Summer Solstice and Star Party, we need and value friendly people who value environmental education.

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Corporate Service Groups

If your company is seeking a rewarding opportunity for employees to invest in the community look no further. Riverbend welcomes corporate partners to contribute a meaningful day of service while building work relationships. Groups help with tree planting and habitat maintenance, projects that are essential to ensuring a healthy landscape for Riverbend education programs. Corporate groups provide meaningful contributions through the ongoing stewardship of our 30-acre property.

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School Groups

Instilling environmental stewardship in youth ensures a lifetime of care for the natural world.  Riverbend welcomes groups of high school or college students to improve and maintain the preserve. Students will be rewarded through meaningful contributions that nurture their love of nature.

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Internships

Qualified college students or interested adults who are able to commit at least 10-20 hours/week may apply for a supervised internship. Internships offer more intensive training and mentoring. It is also a chance to work closely with staff and learn how an environmental education center such as Riverbend operates. Internships in the areas of Habitat, Development or Education are available.

Please contact:

Lorna Atkinson for Habitat Internships.

Laurie Bachman for Development or Marketing Internships.

Erin McCool for Environmental Education Internships.

For more information please contact

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Lorna Atkinson

Habitat and Volunteer Manager