Volunteer for the Bays

Become a Volunteer!

Are you looking to make a positive impact? The Center’s Volunteer Program is an opportunity for community members to work side by side with our scientists, educators, and advocates to engage in meaningful research, education, restoration, and public policy efforts that positively enrich their lives and connection to the natural world.

Science & Restoration

From monitoring horseshoe crabs at midnight, and planting trees to data entry and shoreline maintenance; volunteers are an integral part of multiple research and restoration projects.

Outreach & Education

Sharing the wonders of the Inland Bays with others or connecting children to nature, through our education programs is many of our volunteers’ favorite programs.

Environmental Stewardship

Volunteers have an opportunity to advocate for topics of interest in the watershed like open-space protection.

Administration & Development

Be part of the teams that organize and make possible the multiple events that raise the funds to support many Center’s innovative programs. From literature search to archiving or our annual Decked Out event to trivia nights at local businesses, there is always a fun activity to support our mission and immerse yourself in our watershed community.

Upcoming Opportunities

Many of our volunteer opportunities “pop up” throughout the year. You can find those opportunities, as they are scheduled below:

2024 Volunteer Training Videos

Recurring Opportunities

Participatory Sciences

Participatory Sciences include all of the Center’s surveys, plus other science-related opportunities throughout the year.

For more information, visit BetterImpact.
Join a Committee!

The committees for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays include the Citizens Advisory Committee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, the CCMP Implementation Committee, DEIJA Commitee, and the Development Committee, all of which work together to help the center focus and achieve its many goals.

You’re invited to learn more about these committees.

James Farm Work Days

Get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise with the James Farm Volunteer group! The group meets at James Farm Ecological Preserve every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the area by cutting grass, trimming vegetation, completing small construction projects, and more. This is a year-round opportunity but may be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather.

For more information, visit BetterImpact.
James Farm Docent Program

The James Farm Docent Program plays a key role in helping to encourage visitors of the Preserve to immerse themselves in its beautiful habitats. Stationed at information tables, Docents greet visitors, answer questions, and offer resources to the public.

For more information, visit BetterImpact.
Master Naturalists

The Delaware Master Naturalist Program trains citizens as ambassadors and stewards of Delaware’s natural resources and ecosystems through science-based education and volunteer opportunities. The Center partners with this program as one of the state’s Local Organizing Partners. Learn more about the Master Naturalist program.

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