Volunteering will help you more than it will help the organization you are working with. Every time you give your time and energy, you are learning and growing and quite possibly experiencing something new! Teaching our children to give is SO important, and what better way to introduce them to the world of volunteering than with educational outdoor activities?? Some volunteer opportunities are family friendly, and some are adults only but I promise you, there is something for everybody!
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
“You can help the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay by being a champion for its cause. We are seeking volunteers to help with a whole host of activities in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These include indoor activities, like general office help, assisting with mailings, website updates, and Web-based research. They also include outdoor fun, like assisting at community festivals in the tri-state area, stream studies, tree plantings, transporting shells for recycling, and video production.
If you enjoy meeting new people and seeing new places, then you might be just the person we need. We will even provide you with training, if necessary. Both short-term and long-term commitments are welcome.”
Delaware Nature Society
Would you like to broaden your life experiences, expand your resume, or simply learn something new? When you choose to volunteer with Delaware Nature Society, you are contributing your valuable time to a dynamic organization that is making a difference. Choose from a wide variety of volunteer areas, including special events, education, advocacy, land and biodiversity management, and natural resource preservation
Become part of a growing, committed group of volunteers at the Brandywine Zoo. We invite you to explore the Zoo’s volunteer opportunities and docent program. The Brandywine Zoo depends on people like you for support of its commitment to providing excellent care for our animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.
Benefits include: continuing education opportunities, training, field trips, making new friends and helping animals and our environment through education.
3 Palms Zoo
Volunteer and learn!
Salisbury Zoo is looking for enthusiastic people to help encourage an appreciation of wildlife and promote conservation of our natural world by educating visitors about animals, nature, and conservation. You can choose which volunteer capacity fits your needs, interests and availability; we offer docent and service learning volunteer positions within education and intern positions within a variety of departments at the zoo.
Coastal Cleanup (Annually in September)
Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and 53 sites, including river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas.
DNREC: Division of Fish and Wildlife
Do something wild! The Division of Fish and Wildlife has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.
DNREC: Division of Air Quality
The Division of Air Quality is responsible for protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution in the outdoor air. Help Keep Delaware’s Air Clear by Becoming a Volunteer!
Delaware Estuarine Research Reserve
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve needs volunteers of all ages and with a variety of backgrounds to help our programs grow and to expand our ability to make meaningful improvements to the St Jones and Blackbird Creek watersheds.
Delaware Center for Horticulture
TheDCH was founded by volunteers in 1977 and to this day they remain essential to our mission of growing a community that is healthy, beautiful, and sustainable. Our 600 volunteers are diverse, energetic, and talented people, involved in all aspects of our organization. From programming to policy, administration to planting, they do it all. We simply could not do what we do without the many faces of our committed volunteer corps.
Volunteers are important members of the Nature Center community and play an integral role in the daily operation of FHNC. Each year, our dedicated volunteers give countless of hours of their time to teach visitors about nature, assist with events and office duties. By volunteering with the nature center, you will receive valuable experiences in people to people communication skills, animal handling, and real world interactions with nature.
New volunteers receive hands-on training through scheduled training sessions
and/or on-the-job experience throughout the year. Returning volunteers receive
opportunities to attend refresher training classes, as well as off-site fieldtrips.
Volunteers are active in every department at Longwood Gardens. Whether you see yourself engaging with guests, helping in the gardens, or lending a hand behind the scenes, there are many volunteer roles for you to consider.
Newlin Grist Mill offers unique and rewarding volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, interests, and commitment levels. Our volunteers can satisfy their diverse interests by helping in areas such as archaeology, special events, and natural resources. Task-based projects that have a clear beginning and end are ideal if you want to make a difference but have limited availability. We have seasonal volunteers who work together staffing the Visitor Center, leading interpretive tours of Newlin Grist Mill’s historic buildings, and demonstrating the craft of blacksmithing. These are perfect if you are looking for a more consistent schedule. Newlin Grist Mill welcomes individuals, student groups, scouts, and business organizations. Help us preserve history and nature at this distinctive site.
Tri State Bird Rescue
Caring for injured, orphaned, or oiled birds is a rewarding challenge. Tri-State’s professional staff is augmented by over 200 active volunteers who donate more than 20,000 hours annually to help care for birds and keep the center running smoothly. Talents are needed in a variety of areas such as bird care, oil spill response, front desk reception, landscaping and maintenance, office support, fund raising, marketing, and special events.
Looking for a way to get more involved in freshwater stewardship? Whether you live near or far, we have lots of opportunities for you to help protect, preserve and restore our streams.
Delaware State Parks
Delaware’s Division of Parks and Recreation employees’ work hard to provide a wide range of recreational opportunities, but their efforts alone are not enough. Delaware State Parks needs your help to ensure that Diamond State Parks “sparkle” with activity from sunrise to sunset.
Pemberton Historical Park
You don’t have to be a historian or an outdoor expert to volunteer at Pemberton Historical Park. Everyone’s welcome! If you love to learn and you care about protecting the earth’s resources and Eastern Shore heritage, you will be a great volunteer! Volunteers help run every aspect of Pemberton Historical Park with skill, enthusiasm, dedication and good humor. In exchange, we promise you fun, responsibility, friends, an enticing environment and the opportunity to learn. We’ll provide training that will equip you to do a top-notch job.
The Ward Museum’s 200 volunteers contribute nearly 10,000 hours to the museum each year. We are always looking for new and returning volunteers to work with us.
Join a growing group of enthusiastic people who enjoy art, nature and tradition in all the facets of the Ward Museum. Volunteers carry out the mission of the Ward Museum in every way and support efforts to preserve and promote regional cultural traditions. There are a variety of volunteer needs, including special events, mailing, gallery openings, and education programs.