Photo by Valeria Espinoza
Riverbend Park invites the naturalist community to volunteer at the park and at the nature preserve as staff continue to adapt during the pandemic, while keeping our community safe. Summer volunteers have played an important role in keeping the parks clean, restoring native habitats, and supporting the staff during a time of increased visitor turnout.
Additional volunteers this fall would be a blessing. Here are opportunities to work with the exceptionally nice Riverbend staff.
Option 1. International Coastal Fall Cleanup Day: November 7, 2020
Join Clean Virgina Waterways and the Ocean Conservancy on an International Coastal Cleanup Event to keep our waters clean! Collect trash from streams and trails. Compile and report results on trash collected to contribute to a global snapshot of littered items. Help keep millions of pounds of trash out of our oceans!
Register below for two different shifts and locations:
Riverbend Park 10:00AM-12:00PM
Scott’s Run Nature Preserve 9:00-11:30 AM
Option 2. Natural Resource Projects @ Scott’s Run: Thursday mornings.
Sign up here.
Option 3. Animal Care Volunteer Program (ACVP): Weekday and weekend openings
Whether you are looking for hands-on experience working with animals or simply love spending time with them, join us for ACVP this Fall! We are recruiting volunteers to help care for our display animals. Duties include feeding, watering, cleaning tanks/enclosures, exersicing and monitoring the animals. Learn about the natural history of native turtles and snakes while helping to care for these rescued/rehomed animals. This is an indoor/outdoor volunteer opportunity. Masks are required. Shifts are set to allow only 1-2 people in a building at a time. A weekly or bi-weekly volunteer commitment is preferred.
Option 4. Natural Resource Projects @ Riverbend: Every Thursday at 1pm.
Riverbend Park needs your help for an invasive removal project. Help restore and preserve Riverbend’s natural resources. Enjoy a day outdoors and do some good! Sign up here.
Option 5. Nature Education Volunteer Program
Join the programing team this Fall! Volunteers will assist with outdoor programs such as Field Trips for All, scout programs, and weekend nature programs. A minimum commitment of 2 programs/month is required. Apply here.