Volunteers make all the difference at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve& Park. Here, each individual has the capacity to make a significant positive difference and share in the success. There are numerous ways to advance the organization’s work. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us!
Participate in Workdays and Events.
In spring, help plant seeds or seedlings related to the restoration of habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly. As all the seeds used in our habitat restoration efforts originate locally, we need help in the summer and fall collecting blue lupine, butterfly weed, horsemint, and bush clover seeds.
At our two large annual events, the Open House and Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe, assistance is needed to ensure everything runs smoothly.
From time to time, we call upon people to develop new trails and/or maintain existing trails.
Work With Others as a Leadership Volunteer.
A Leadership Volunteer is someone who is willing to contribute an average of 35 hours each year to the Preserve & Park. S/he receives training to lead education programs for school and civic groups, represent the Preserve & Park at area events, and assist with the coordination and implementation of outreach events and volunteer workdays. Leadership Volunteers also receive early notice of other volunteer opportunities. The Leadership Volunteer corps meets every other month to learn the latest Preserve & Park news and enjoy one another’s company.
Help With a Citizen Science Project.
There are occasional opportunities to assist with research projects whose goals are designed to increase the effectiveness or efficiency of the conservation work. Past examples include Blanding’s turtle surveys, Karner blue butterfly habitat monitoring, and snowpack monitoring.
Adopt a Parcel as a Preserve Steward.
A Preserve Steward adopts a protected trailed parcel, i.e., a parcel with trails for public use, to visit and monitor on a regular basis (at least twice monthly). S/he maintains the applicable site amenities to the extent feasible. This includes removing trash from the parking area and trails, stocking trail brochures, and replacing missing trail markers. It can also entail minor trail maintenance like the removal of small trees or limbs that have fallen on or across a trail.
Assist With Activities From Home.
Upon occasion, help is needed with a large mailing. While this work is sometimes done at the office (with refreshments!), it can also be taken home.
In the fall, help is often needed to remove butterfly weed seeds from their pods.