Engaging our Community

Get Involved

Join us for programs and events to immerse yourself in nature.

Educate

Our partners help us educate the community about nature.

Volunteer

Learn how you or your organization can help care for our beautiful natural lands!

Nature nurtures us, takes the stress away from our daily lives, and leaves lasting impressions. Each year the Conservancy reaches thousands of people on our preserves — special places that inspire and connect all ages to nature. Whether it is exploring a meadow, taking a hike to meander through a forest or kayaking down a stream, this region and the places we protect offer some of the best opportunities to get outdoors, explore our trails, and learn about the natural landscape.

The Conservancy’s commitment to strengthening this bond with nature is so great we offer events and activities throughout the year to engage people from all walks of life who want to listen and learn about our wild areas.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns, the Lancaster Conservancy has paused volunteer activities including nature preserve workdays and organization workdays at this time.

The Conservancy is proud to work with dedicated volunteers who love to support preserve work days, spend time in nature, and connect with new people. Volunteer at one or more of our Preserve Work Days and learn to protect and care for our beautiful preserves through hands-on stewardship and education activities.

Why Volunteer?

  • Expand your knowledge of native plants and animals
  • Help preserve local ecosystems for people and wildlife
  • Learn new skills to help manage your own landscape
  • Discover how our citizen science efforts protect our watershed
  • Meet people who share a mutual passion for nature
  • Relax with beautiful scenery and get to know our trails

Volunteer Preserve Work Days (Paused due to COVID-19)

Join us and invite your family, friends, and co-workers to volunteer! Work days are great ways for a club, school or church group, scouts, and local businesses to have fun helping at a preserve for a day to learn and serve our community. Opportunities abound for youth and adults to learn how to plant native trees and shrubs, cleanup trash, count plants and animals, manage invasive plants, and so much more.

Check out our events page for upcoming volunteer opportunities. If you or your group plans to attend a preserve work day please be sure to sign up via Eventbrite so we can plan for your experience.

Volunteer Reminders:

  1. Dress for weather conditions
  2. Wear good footwear (waterproof if possible)
  3. Bring your favorite gloves and tools (pruners, etc.)
  4. Wear sunscreen and use insect repellent at your own discretion
  5. Smile and have fun!

Volunteer Calendar

August 2020

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07aug(aug 7)6:00 AM15(aug 15)8:00 PMConestoga(+) Clean UpLancaster Water WeekKellys Run Nature Preserve

07aug(aug 7)10:00 AM15(aug 15)7:00 PMSelf Guided Tour: Green InfrastructureLancaster Water WeekCity of Lancaster

08aug(aug 8)6:00 AM12(aug 12)8:00 PMFaith in Action: Creation Care for Clean Water Self-Guided TourLancaster Water WeekCity of Lancaster

09aug(aug 9)10:00 AM15(aug 15)7:00 PMSelf-Guided Tour: Climbers Run Nature PreserveLancaster Water WeekClimbers Run Nature Preserve

11aug6:00 PM7:00 PMHistory of the Conestoga RiverLancaster Water WeekOnline

12aug12:00 PM1:30 PMPollinator and Rain Garden DesignLancaster Water WeekOnline

12aug6:00 PM8:00 PMChiques Creek StompLancaster Water WeekLittle Chiques Park

12aug7:00 PM8:00 PMFaith in Action: Creation Care for Clean Water DiscussionLancaster Water WeekOnline

13aug6:00 PM8:00 PMPledge Kit Pick-Up at Penn Cinema LititzLancaster Water WeekPenn Cinema

14aug12:00 PM1:00 PMThe Hidden World of Stream InsectsLancaster Water WeekOnline

14aug3:00 PM6:00 PMPledge Kit Pick-Up at Lancaster County ParkLancaster Water WeekLancaster County Park Pavilion #3

15aug10:00 AM2:00 PMA Day at Kellys RunLancaster Water Week

15aug10:00 AM2:00 PMPledge Kit Pick-Up at Kellys RunLancaster Water WeekKellys Run Nature Preserve

Workdays for Groups & Corporations (Paused due to COVID-19)

Is your organization looking for ways to give back to your community and experience a day of team building on one of our beautiful nature preserves? Help the Conservancy find the right options for you and your team by filling out our Organization Workday Day form. We review submissions on a weekly basis and will be in touch shortly! Thank you for your interest!

Complete Form

Volunteer Land Steward Program

The Lancaster Conservancy’s Volunteer Land Steward program is a way for you to help us protect and care for natural lands. This program connects people to nature through strong dedication and service. Volunteers receive comprehensive training and numerous opportunities to engage with our lands and the public.

Learn More

Environmental Education Partnerships

Our environmental education partners extend our reach to teach students, youth, and adult learners through structured programming and service:

  • School District of Lancaster

    • Together with NorthBay and School District of Lancaster, we will reach nearly 3,000 middle school students at Climbers Run over the next 3 years. Schools and partners also use Climbers Run and priority preserves for Trout in the Classroom and watershed education to learn about caring for local streams that sustain wild trout.
  • Excentia’s TimberNook of Lancaster

    • Excentia’s TimberNook of Lancaster summer sessions will take place at Climbers. Excentia gets kids out into nature with unique outdoor programs that inspire them to think and play in new and creative ways to enhance their sensory skills.
  • Scouts

    • Scout projects and service learning opportunities on preserves provide young leaders and their troop opportunities to build conservation skills in a variety of ways, whether it’s building a kiosk for a new preserve, installing bat boxes in meadow, or adding mile markers along a new trail.
  • Colleges & Universities

    • College and university research and preserve opportunities contribute valuable information and learning opportunities for students and professors.
  • Partners

    • Nonprofit partners like Donegal Trout Unlimited, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and so many others extend our reach to all ages in protecting our streams and natural areas by sharing their expertise, time, and service in our community.

As passionate voices for the natural world we hope you will join us to learn, explore, protect and restore this region’s amazing sense of place.

Other Ways to Savor Nature

  • Take a Hike!

    • Get outdoors through our events or take your own hike on one of our preserves or on a regional trail and share your experience with us!
  • Natural Playground at Climbers Run

    • Show us your child’s experience in nature! Whether splashing in a stream or building a mud pie, our preserves offer so many ways for you to give your child a chance to love the outdoor world. And be prepared to get a little dirty and have fun at the new Natural Playground at Climbers Run.
  • Forest Bathing

    • Pick a favorite preserve and bathe in the forested landscape, take in a breathtaking vista, listen for the sound of spring peepers, or observe the fall migration as the season changes. There is so much life around us waiting to be discovered.
  • Create Habitat at Home

    • Plant a tree at your home or join us for a tree planting along a waterway or in a park. Turn your yard into your very own pollinator oasis with a few tips from our Community Wildlife Habitat stewards.
  • Hunting & Fishing

    • There’s no time like the present to learn how to hunt or fish on a preserve near you. Check out our where to hunt and where to fish pages to learn more!
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