General Volunteering: 

Whether your interests lie in office work, stewardship, exhibit design and maintenance, trail building and maintenance, gardening, assisting our teachers, or citizen science, we can use you here. Our volunteers help with a wide variety of one-time and ongoing tasks, and we would be lost without them. Are you looking to donate some of your time to help a very worthy organization? We might be just what you’re looking for.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless otherwise stated. All volunteers working with children will need to pass a background check before volunteering.  Volunteers under the age of 18 may volunteer with a parent, guardian, or responsible adult, or if they are part of a group whose members consist of children under the age of 18, as long as the group provides all adult supervision, and the volunteer project is age appropriate. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must have a permission form filled out by a parent or legal guardian before volunteering. 

The first step is to fill out the Volunteer application.

Check out the specific opportunities below to find out who to send your application to. Better yet, drop it off at Hartley Nature Center so we can meet you! Volunteers will be contacted and “interviewed” before being accepted into a volunteer program. Applicants will be accepted based on project interests and availability, as well as Hartley project needs.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Stewardship (generally spring-fall)

Wildflower Garden Volunteers

We need volunteers to help with gardening in our wildflower gardens during spring, summer, and fall. We are looking for volunteers to help at least two times per month. Volunteers will help with weeding, watering, transplanting, and doing general gardening. Those interested in helping should have basic gardening skills & knowledge, and be able to work with minimal guidance or supervision. We can help train those with little experience. Interested volunteers should email Matt. Must commit to at least 1 hour per week for the summer & fall seasons.

Hartley Invaders (Invasive Species Management Team)

Hartley Nature Center staff have long worked along side volunteers to remove invasive species in the park. Volunteers help us in our effort to manage and control new and old infestations. HNC is currently looking for volunteers to hike through several sections of HNC to regularly monitor, map, and remove buckthorn. These volunteers must commit to at least 2-5 work days (1-3 hrs) a month for the summer season (Fall and Winter volunteers needed as well). If interested you should email Matt.

Vernal Pool Monitors

Vernal pools are important temporary wetlands that provide critical habitat for several species of frogs, salamanders, insects, and fairy shrimp. These pools can serve as indicator wetlands, providing vital information on water quality in a given area. Because of their small nature and temporary status, vernal pools can be  overlooked by land managers and accidentally damaged or destroyed during projects. In order to protect these important wetlands in Hartley Park, HNC is mapping these pools so we may reference the maps anytime a project is proposed. Because we have so many potential vernal pools (over 70 have been identified already), we need help with identifying and mapping. If this is something you want to help out with, please reach out to Matt.

Facility Maintenance (year-round)

General Maintenance

We are always looking for volunteers to help with general maintenance. This can include help with snow removal, mowing & trimming, trail maintenance, moving material (woodships, gravel, etc…), trash clean-up, general cleaning, and more. If you’re not sure what you want to help with, or you want projects that will change from week to week, this may be the opportunity for you. We are always willing to sit down and have a conversation about what might need to be done. Contact Jeremiah.


Counselor in Training (CIT)

Our Counselor in Training Porgram allows youth ages 13-17 help with summer camp and gain valuable experience working with children in a camp setting. If you or your child is interested in helping out with camp, please reach out to our Assistant Education Director, Jenni.

Camp or Field Trip Assistant

We occasionally have opportunities to help with our camp or field trip programs. This is a great way to gain experience working with youth. If you are interested, please reach out to Jenni.

Preschool Assistant

We occasionally have opportunities to help out with our preschool program. Those interested should reach out to our Preschool Director Kaitlin.


Hartley often has one time projects where we need a few extra hands. Groups interested in volunteering should email Matt, to inquire about possible stewardship projects or Jeremiah, to inquire about possible facility or trail projects. Group volunteers will be accepted based on project needs.