Volunteer

The New Canaan Nature Center would not be the organization we are today without the hard work and dedication of our amazingly enthusiastic volunteers. Donating countless hours to help support our mission, our volunteers are the backbone of our non-profit.

We invite you to join our team by helping out in one of the following ways:

Be a part of our annual special events! Volunteers are an integral part of our events’ success. Help with setup and breakdown, as well as manning ticket tables, concessions, crafts, and many other fun-filled activities. Inquire today for specific dates and times!

Our dedicated Animal Care Volunteers assist with daily feeding and general care of the Nature Center’s many animal ambassadors. All permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent, our animals form a vital part of our educational programs. Inquire today about current openings!

Do you have a green thumb or a general love of plants? Volunteers of all ages are needed to help water plants and prune in the New Canaan Nature Center’s greenhouse and gardens. From spring through fall, volunteer opportunities in the Herb Garden include gardening, propagation,culinary projects using herbs, and record keeping.

Volunteers are needed to help our staff maintain our unique 40 acre property. Seasonally, there is a need for help with pruning of trees and bushes, weeding, spreading wood chips on our many trails, and removing brush and invasive plants.

Lend a helping hand by volunteering to assist with the many administrative duties here at the New Canaan Nature Center. Such duties include mailings (stuffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing, marketing/communications assistance, and visitor center hosting.

Summer Stewardship Program: Are you between the ages of 14 and 18? Make a difference in your own community by tackling projects such as trails and grounds maintenance, pond habitat restoration, and invasive species removal. This group meets every Friday throughout the summer.

Attention teens age 14 and older! Are you looking for a great way to spend some of your summer vacation? Consider spending it with energetic children while they explore nature up close and personal! Our Summer Camp TNTs spend their time assisting our Summer Camp Staff (college-age & older) with everyday camp responsibilities and learning appropriate ways to work with children ages 3 – 10.

Internships are available for college level students during the spring, fall, and summer semesters in the areas of environmental education, animal care, communication/marketing, and visitor services. Internships are generally 10 – 20 hours per week for 6-8 weeks and work schedule is determined based upon individual applicants. All internships are unpaid, but college credit may be arranged.

Candidates must be 18+ years of age and should have a minimum of a high school diploma. All internships are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Syrup Season Interns & Volunteers

Do you love maple syrup? Join the New Canaan Nature Center Naturalists in preparing for syrup season (washing buckets, flagging & tapping maple trees, etc.), collecting 5 gallon buckets of sap (both on-site and off-site at the New Canaan Country Club) and taking part in boil downs (where REAL maple syrup is made right here at the nature center)! This is a very hands-on and outdoors volunteer position.

Estimated time frame: January 14th – the end of March.

Desired time commitment: 1-2 hours a day, 2-3 days per week

Spring Interns

Do you love people & the great outdoors? Fall internships are currently available for college-level students in the areas of animal care, environmental education, film/social media, and visitor services.

Estimated time frame: February-April

Application deadline is rolling.

For more information contact Michelle Hips

Director of Environmental Education

Make a difference in your local community!

With your support, we’ll continue to inspire people of all ages to understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.