Join a dedicated corps of volunteers who are helping ANS fulfill its mission to preserve our region's natural resources and increase public understanding of natural history.
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Founded and run by volunteers for many years, ANS continues to rely on volunteers in many ways:
Volunteer teams are working at Woodend to monitor nest boxes and maintain the bird feeding station; to restore the northeast meadow; to conduct beginner bird walks; to study and implement deer management strategies; to maintain demonstration gardens for native plants, runoff control, and organic produce; to remove invasive species; and to keep trails safe and accessible.
Volunteers are redesigning and updating Woodend's five information kiosks. Volunteers also help publicize ANS programs by participating in and staffing ANS information tables at community events. They work with ANS staff to maintain this website, produce the Naturalist Quarterly, and prepare mailings.
The ANS Water Quality Monitoring program depends on teams of trained volunteers to collect and identify organisms from local streams on a regular basis to help gauge the health of our waterways. Volunteers also participate in ongoing conservation campaigns, such as the effort to protect Ten Mile Creek.
Benefits include opportunities to participate in hikes, lectures, and social events organized exclusively for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available through the ANS headquarters at Woodend in Chevy Chase, MD. Minimum age of 14 required; training is provided as needed.
For more information on our volunteer program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Pam Herrick at email@example.com or call 301-652-9188 x30.
Volunteer Application (18 yrs and older) (PDF)
Student Application (ages 14-17) (PDF)