Owl’s Hill cannot exist without the tremendous support of over 475 volunteers each year.  Our devoted volunteers play an essential role in fulfilling our Mission here at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary.

We have a dedicated full-time and part-time staff, but we are fortunate to have a strong, active volunteer staff serving in many capacities from office work to trail guides or at special events.  You can volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year. We will help you find the perfect opportunity that matches your time and talents.

  • Share and inspire others with your love of nature
  • Enhance your knowledge of nature history and hone your public speaking skills
  • Have fun while making the world a better place
  • Meet others with common interests

Volunteers must meet/complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete volunteer training 
  2. Routine background check 
  3. Possess good people skills
  4. Provide own transportation

"Where can I help?"

  1. Trail Guides: trail guides lead pre-developed interpretative hikes for school children and public program day
  2. Gardeners, Weed Warriors: Help maintain various flower gardens; remove invasive plant species and weeds. Help build or rebuild trails.
  3. Special Events: Assist with organizing and on-site assistance with events like Owl's Day, Enchanted Forest, Fairyland,  etc..
  4. Group Projects: Have a group of 10 or more? We can coordinate projects for your group  - forest stewardship, cleanup projects, invasive species removal - you can make a difference in the community.
  5. Citizen Science: Species counts and monitoring projects that contribute to Owl's Hill and National species databases. 
    Current projects: a.) Bird Counts; b.) Butterfly Counts (no experience necessary); c.) Monarch Monitoring Project - commit to one day a week for one migration season (volunteers maintain their own plot)

"How do I Apply?"

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form. The program coordinator will be in touch within 2-3 days.

"Are there general volunteer days coming up?"

A good place to start is to check out our CalendarThere are quite a few opportunities coming up in early 2017:

Gardening Days
Wednesday, April 4, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00am - 10:00am
The native gardens may be resting, but it's time to prepare them for the spring. Join Owl's Hill Naturalist, Kristin Hopkins as we weed, trim, plant and prepare for a beautiful, abundant springtime at the Hill.
Coming to help?  Email Kristin at kristin@owlshill.org




Help us count the birds and butterflies! All the data we collect will be sent to national databases to help track migration, diversity and other wildlife population concerns. It’s a great way to be involved in nature research while enjoying the great outdoors. No experience is necessary; trained specialists will lead each group. Email info@owlshill.org and let us know you are coming!

Spring Bird Count – Ages 12 and Older; Adults
Saturday, April 29, 2017
                                                                              7am – 11am                                                                                  

Spring Butterfly Count – Ages 12 and Older; Adults
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
                                                                               10am – 4pm