be a Force of Nature

Natural Lands’ Force of NatureĀ® volunteer program is a way for you to support land conservation and connect people to the outdoors through strong dedication to Natural Lands. Force of Nature volunteers receive extensive training and leadership opportunities, and commit to serving at least 20 hours per year.

what you'll do

Force of NatureĀ® trainees participate in a comprehensive, hands-on training and service experience that enables you to learn from Natural Lands staff experts, and then give back as a valuable volunteer.

Force of Nature Dashboard for Graduates

Force of Nature training is offered annually each spring, covering a variety of land management, habitat restoration, native plant gardening, event support, outreach and ambassadorship topics.

why choose Force of Nature

  • Hands-on land stewardship training from Natural Lands’ expert staff.
  • Access to exclusive Explore More! continuing education opportunities.
  • Natural Lands membership.
  • Force of Nature gear including a volunteer shirt and nametag. Receive a ballcap after achieving 20 hours.
  • Quality handouts and reference materials.
  • Recognition at Natural Lands annual volunteer spring celebration.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and education from Natural Lands staff.
  • Opportunities to meet and befriend enthusiastic people who share similar interests.
  • Choice of myriad volunteer roles based on different interests and location.

ready to apply?

We are finalizing details for the Force of Nature Class of 2021, to be held next spring. We’ll post details and application weblink here, when available.

Congratulations to the Force of Nature Class of 2020, who completed the program amid the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Force of Nature Class of 2020 training schedule: Saturdays, 1:00-5:00 pm, February 15, February 22, March 7, March 21, and April 4, 2020. Volunteers must attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions, including the first one, to graduate from the program. You are also invited to attend Graduation, April 18, 2020.
  • Application deadline: November 15, 2019. Spaces are limited and may be filled before this date.
  • Participants must be age 18 or older.
  • Participants will be asked to complete background checks, including: criminal history, PA Child Abuse History Certification, and FBI Fingerprint Based Criminal History, if required. Natural Lands will facilitate these background checks during training.
  • The program fee (including new membership) is $150, payable to Natural Lands at the first day of training. For current Natural Lands members, the program fee is $100. A limited number of scholarships are available if the fee presents a hardship.

No need to wait until Force of Nature training to volunteer with Natural Lands. Come out and join one of our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Debbie Beer.