“Green” Volunteering Ideas

Here are some upcoming “green” volunteer opps to get you outside and caring for our bay and environment. If you don’t mind getting a little dirty, there is definitely something here for you.  green gold

Clean a Stream
This year, Project Clean Stream officially kicks off on April 1, 2017 for its 14th year. Every spring, local waterways and woodlands receive a clean start as thousands of volunteers come together for the annual Project Clean Stream, the largest annual volunteer cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region. Project Clean Stream brings together volunteers across the vast Chesapeake Bay watershed in a day of service to clean up trash from rivers, streams, creeks, and parks. Cleanups are scheduled from March 1 to June 10, 2017. Visit  https://www.allianceforthebay.org/events/project-clean-stream/ to learn more and to register projects or volunteer. Project Clean Stream is also a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in Bay restoration and to volunteer in their communities! Through Project Clean Stream, the Alliance works directly with businesses to coordinate cleanup sites and provide a positive and meaningful experience as stewards of the environment-improving water quality as they care for their neighborhood creeks, streams, and rivers. If your business is interested in getting involved with Project Clean Stream, contact our Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens at cstephens@allianceforthebay.org For other questions about the event, contact Ted Wolfe at twolfe@allianceforthebay.org

Save the Bay Day   – April 22, 2017 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena
Volunteers are needed for various tasks to beautify and clean up the park, such as planting flowers, raking leaves, mulching, sprucing up the playground, painting, weeding, and more.  This project needs over 200 volunteers so bring your family, friends and groups.     Volunteers will get a t-shirt compliments of Comcast and Comcast Cares Day.  Also, snacks and water are provided while working and all are invited to stay for pizza lunch.  This is the Volunteer Center’s BIG GREEN project this year and we’d love to see lots of helpers. For more information or to see how you can get involved, contact us at info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207

A Day at the Beach
Volunteers are needed to help keep Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis clean and beautiful for all visitors to enjoy. Throughout the year they organize several beach clean-ups to remove all of the trash and debris that washes ashore on our beach areas. Sandy Point also has some trails and a large day-use area that occasionally need a helping hand to keep clean. They welcome anyone interested in doing a good deed to help our environmental efforts while enjoying the park. The park will provide free trash bags and gloves to any visitors as they volunteer. Contact Nancy Gardner, Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, at nancy.gardner@maryland.gov or 410-974-2149. See web site for more information at https://ec.volunteernow.com/custom/1528/

Get Outside
Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks kicks off the Move More Race Series with the Rec Deeds Challenge 5K Run & Family Fun Walk, Sat. April 1, 2017, 7:45-11:00 am. Recreation Deeds for Special Needs is a non-profit organization established to provide camp scholarships, adaptive equipment, training and volunteer support for those with disabilities. The Recreation Deeds Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk fundraiser is being held at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122 and the race starts at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with race support, be course monitors, register participants, give out race bags, mark course, and take pictures.  Volunteers should arrive at 7:45 a.m. to register and get volunteer assignments. For more information, contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or carolyn.ryan@aacounty.org.

Plant Trees
Wetland Planting – Patuxent River Watershed, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., April 1, 2017:
Volunteers are being sought to help CBF and partner organizations plant trees and shrubs at Maryland Sunrise Farm (the former Naval Academy dairy farm) in Gambrills, MD. Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre farm, the largest organic farm in Maryland. Volunteers will plant newly graded wetlands in what was a deeply eroded stream channel. These wetlands will filter sediment and nutrients from the adjacent farm fields. By cleaning and infiltrating the water, flooding and pollution to Towser’s Branch, the Patuxent River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay will be reduced. Project Partners include Maryland Sunrise Farm, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the AA County Soil Conservation District, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Funding for this event and for future restoration projects on the farm are through the Trust Fund provided by the MD Dept. of Natural Resources. Register online at – http://www.cbf.org/events/calendar. Questions? Contact David Tana at 443-482-2156 or MDRestoration@cbf.org.

Plant Flowers
Volunteers are needed to plant flowers along the County Trails.  Spring is just around the corner and that means its spruce up time for flower beds!  A few good volunteers are needed who love to garden and have a few hours each week or month they can spend weeding, watering and pruning.  With over 60 beds and gardens along the B&A Trail alone, there are many opportunities.  If you would like to make flower beds along the B&A Trail glow with color and vibrancy, you can help. For more information visit  www.friendsofaatrails.org/become-a-volunteer or email friendsofaatrails@gmail.com.

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