What to expect: Prepare to work outside for several hours and get dirty. It’s always possible to encounter ticks, poison ivy, and temperature extremes. (Hey… it’s nature! She’s sometimes unpredictable.)
Dates: Spring (April/May/June) and Fall (September/October/November) are ideal times for volunteer projects. We plan 6-12 weeks in advance and schedule events on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Time: Projects generally start at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm, and last about three hours.
Locations: Binky Lee, Bryn Coed, ChesLen, Stroud, and Willisbrook Preserves (Chester County); Hildacy Preserve (Delaware County); Gwynedd Preserve and Stoneleigh: a natural garden (Montgomery County); and more.
Who can volunteer: All are welcome, ages 12 and up. Note, trails are not ADA accessible. Minors (children 12 to 18) must be accompanied by an adult.
Group size: Minimum 12, Maximum 20-25 people; capacity is determined by tools, parking, staff, and general property impact.
What to bring: Dress in seasonal layers with long pants and long-sleeved shirt, and wear sturdy shoes for walking on uneven ground. No shorts, flip-flops or sandals, please. Water bottles, a hat, insect repellent (that deters ticks), and sunscreen are all suggested.
Supplies: Tools are provided by Natural Lands. Bring your own work gloves or borrow ours.
Cancellation policy: The scheduled workday may be cancelled in case of rain or extreme weather. Sorry, no rain dates.
Donations to Natural Lands: We make it a practice to reach out to our corporate partners to ask them to consider supporting Natural Lands with a donation or sponsorship. We’ll ask you who best to contact!