The Lancaster County Conservancy is proud to work with dedicated volunteers who love to support our land protection mission, spend time in nature, and connect with new people. Sign up and learn to protect and care for our beautiful preserves through hands-on stewardship and education activities.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

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, pick-up trash, count plants and animals, manage invasive plants, and so much more.

Click here to view and sign up for upcoming preserve work days.

Volunteer Reminders:

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

Water Quality Volunteer Coalition (WQVC)

Join the Conservancy to sample streams at Climbers Run Nature Preserve (Susquehanna Riverlands Research and Education Center) in Pequea, PA through the Water Quality Volunteer Coalition (WQVC) program in partnership with the Lancaster Conservation District and Donegal Trout Unlimited. Conduct testing on six streams (Climbers Run, Kellys Run, Pequea Creek, Steinman Run, Trout Run, Tucquan Glen) in southern Lancaster County.

The WQVC meets at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Learn how to monitor stream health: chemical (nitrates, pH, oxygen, etc.), physical (stream velocity, habitat assessment, etc.) and periodic biological (macroinvertebrate— like stoneflies and mayflies) sampling.

If you would like to join the WQVC or participate in a stream testing please contact Linda Ferich, Conservancy Volunteer, at lferich@lancasterconservancy.org. Stream testing is ideal for middle schoolers through adults, however all ages are welcome to learn about water quality and monitor watershed health that affects each of us in the county and downstream in the Bay.

Empowered to Volunteer On Your Own?

If you or your group would like to volunteer on a day other than our scheduled preserve work day(s) please contact Lydia Martin prior to the volunteer event (please include preserve details such as preserve preference for a volunteer work if known, an estimate for number of volunteers, date and time). This kind of independent volunteer service project may include general trash cleanup and removing minor debris from trails on a designated preserve. The Conservancy will provide you with a Volunteer Sign in Sheet to complete. After completion, please submit the Volunteer Sign in Sheet via email to lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org or send by mail to: Lydia Martin, 117 South West End Avenue, Lancaster PA 17603 for our records. If you would like trash bags or have any other questions please contact Lydia Martin, Director of Education.

Volunteer Land Steward Program

The Conservancy’s Volunteer Land Steward Program is under review for revitalization and expansion. For those of you who are volunteers in this program and/or have expressed interest we THANK YOU for your ongoing volunteer service and look forward to touching base with you about changes to this program.
Please check back regarding details about this program to educate a select core of volunteers who support preserve management and monitoring.

Sign up to volunteer here

Thank you for your volunteer service!

If you have a volunteer-related question please contact:
Lydia Martin, Director of Education
717-392-7891 Ext 215 or via email: lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org

Volunteer Release Form
Volunteer Sign-In Sheet

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