Connect with nature and people!
Support Jackson Bottom's mission of “Connecting Water, Wildlife and People” through volunteering.
If you love nature and enjoy working with people, then you should volunteer at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. You can volunteer for a few hours or become a regular volunteer. At Jackson Bottom there are plenty of ways you can help.
Roving Naturalist - Interact with visitors, including the general public and school groups, out on the trails. Provide information and enrich guests experiences while spending personally enriching time on the Preserve and furthering our mission of connecting water, wildlife and people.
Lunch with the Birds - Share your love and knowledge of local birds and parks with community members. Lead and support roles are available. You don't need to be an expert birder, however some knowledge/skill is required. A welcoming an inclusive attitude and a desire to help others learn bird watching skills is needed.
Bird Surveyor - Advanced birding skills are required to participate in Bird surveys. Bird Surveyors must be able to easily identify the majority of birds seen or heard and conduct systematic counts of numbers encountered. Training opportunities are offered for those interested in developing skills.
Who can be a volunteer?
- People who like other people, plants, and animals
- People who want to help at the Preserve
- People whose needs and skills match Preserve tasks available
- People ages 13 and up, with youth being accompanied by an adult
How to sign up?
To sign up, fill out a Jackson Bottom General Volunteer form. Interested volunteers must attend a general orientation where they learn about upcoming opportunities, responsibilities and scheduling. An additional orientation and/or training with Jackson Bottom Staff may be required. All volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check.
What are Jackson Bottom volunteers saying about their experience?
"I wanted a place where I could volunteer with my kids. At Jackson Bottom we get to feel that we are a small part of a team that is working towards an important goal – the education of the public about the importance of a fragile ecosystem. We know that Jackson Bottom has limited financial resources, and if they are going to get their work done, they need the help of volunteers. And we need to feel that we are making a difference in helping the natural world around us.”
“Kids are bombarded with bad news and if they don’t feel that they can help, then they feel helpless and hopeless. Volunteering is the number one way to help kids and adults feel like there is a reason to hope. Watering trees, pulling weeds, providing artwork or guiding the Lunch with Birds program are all equally important in the grand scheme of saving just a bit of wetlands, so that there is a place of wildness. And the people at Jackson Bottom always make us feel that we are important.”
To learn more about what's happening at the Preserve, check the Events Calendar.