Volunteer Land Steward

Volunteers give back…

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.

What does your service look like?

Volunteer Land Steward trainees participate in a comprehensive, training that enables you to learn from Conservancy experts, and then give back as a valuable volunteer. After completion volunteers are asked to commit to at least 20 hours per year.

Join us for the first Volunteer Land Steward training in 2020!

Training sessions will cover land management, safety training, habitat restoration, trail stewardship, event support, outreach and more. Apply today!

Why volunteer with the Conservancy?

  • Hands-on land stewardship training from Conservancy experts.
  • Volunteer Land Steward recognition including a volunteer shirt.
  • Resources and reference materials to build your skill set about natural lands.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and education from Conservancy staff and board.
  • Opportunities to connect with people and share in your interests about natural lands.
  • Advanced training opportunities by Conservancy staff and our partners.

Class of 2020 Training Schedule:

  • Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm:
    • February 11
    • February 25
    • March 24
  • Saturdays, 9 am – Noon:
    • February 22
    • March 14

Volunteers must attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions, including the first one, to graduate from the program. The majority of training sessions will be located at Climbers Run Nature Center, 226 Frogtown Rd, Pequea, PA 17565. Please join us for a Graduation at Climbers Run Nature Preserve, Friday, April 24.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019 (CLOSED)

  • Spaces are limited and may be filled before this date. Apply now!
  • Participants must be age 18 or older.
  • Participants will be asked to complete background checks, including: criminal history, PA Child Abuse History Certification. An FBI Fingerprint Based on Criminal History, may be required.
  • The program fee is $80, payable to the Conservancy at the first day of training. A limited number of scholarships are available if the fee presents a hardship.

If you have any questions, contact Lydia Martin.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

If you are not ready to become a Volunteer Land Steward and just want to get your hands dirty, join us for an upcoming work day at one of our many preserves.

Volunteer Workdays