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Volunteer Opportunities


There are many organizations in Connecticut and New York that need your help protecting Long Island Sound!


Audubon CT

Throughout CT — Help Audubon CT with bird surveys, mailings, science programs, and other projects. Find volunteer opportunities with the National Audubon Society,  Audubon Connecticut and at nature centers throughout the state. Click above for more info.

Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc.

Old Mystic, CT — Volunteers help in all aspects of our operations including trail work, property stewardship, beach clean-ups,  fund-raising, special events, clerical and computer support. If you are looking for a one-time, short-term or long-term volunteer opportunity, they can find something that suits your skills and schedule.  Visit the Avalonia website or call (860) 884-3500.

Bruce Museum Seaside Center

Old Greenwich, CT – Volunteers staff the center’s touch tank, educate visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound, collect animals for marine tanks, conduct water quality tests and biodiversity research, and assist with weekly activities for the public including nature walks, crafts, squid dissections, and seining.  The Museum also offers internships! For more information visit the Bruce Museum website or call (203) 413-6746.

Byram Watershed Council

Southwestern CT–The Byram Watershed Coalition, the Mianus River Watershed Council, the Town of Greenwich, the City of Stamford and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are looking for community volunteers to perform Stream Walk Assessments of the Mianus and Byram Rivers this summer. If you are interested in participating please send an email to Jack Stoecker at or call (203) 253 9348 .

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Throughout CT — CCE’s primary goal is to empower individual citizens to have a stronger voice and greater influence in the development and implementation of public policies affecting our water, land, and air in the Connecticut region. Visit the Citizens Campaign for the Environment website for more info.

Connecticut Aquatic Resourced Education (CARE) Program

Throughout CT — Volunteers participate in a free training day and then teach Family Fishing courses in their hometowns. Courses are usually run in partnership with town/city recreation departments and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection provides all the equipment necessary. Our Water, Fish and Fishing curriculum is supported by fishing tackle, fish pictures, display materials and student booklets. Visit the Connecticut Aquatic Resourced Education (CARE) Program website or call (860) 424-FISH.

Connecticut Audubon Society

Throughout CT — Help the Connecticut Audubon Society by taking part in their Osprey Nation citizen science project. Visit the Osprey Nation website for more information.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Throughout CT — Help the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) by volunteering at state parks, conducting wildlife surveys throughout Connecticut, and much more. Visit the CTDEEP website for more information.

CTDEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs

Throughout CT — Assist with Long Island Sound initiatives based on interest and available projects. Examples of past projects include impact of climate change on ecosystems, climate change impacts and adaptation, dredging, coastal permitting, coastal hazards. Visit the CTDEEP website for internship form.

CTDEEP Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Throughout CT – Volunteers will monitor local boat launches for the presence of invasive plants and animals, such as zebra mussels. The training will educate volunteers on how to identify and detect invasive species and also to instruct boaters on how to do the same. For more information or to volunteer, contact Gwendolynn of the CTDEEP at 860-447-4339. More here.

CTDEEP Volunteer Water Monitoring Program
Throughout CT – The CT DEEP Volunteer Water Monitoring Program supports citizen-based water quality monitoring efforts throughout Connecticut.  The program offers support to watershed groups, lake associations, conservation commissions, and other organized environmental groups wishing to conduct monitoring on lakes/ponds, rivers/streams, and/or coastal/marine waters in the State. Data collected by volunteers are used by CT DEEP to make formal water quality assessments. Visit the DEEP Volunteer Water Monitoring Program website, email or call 860-424-3061 to learn more.

Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Rockfall, CT — Volunteers cut brush, build water bars, blaze, and maintain the 825 mile long Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System with other CFPA volunteers, or join our volunteer special events committee. Visit the Connecticut Forest & Park Association website or call (860) 346-2372.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Mystic, CT — Volunteers help in all facets of our operations including education, clerical, special events, animal care, and maintenance. If you are looking for a one-time, short-term or long-term volunteer arrangement, you may find volunteering at DPNC is a rewarding experience. Visit the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center website or call (860) 536-1216.

Earthplace—The Nature Discovery Center

Westport, CT — Assist Earthplace staff members with their Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality monitoring program. Visit the Earthplace website or call (203) 227-7253.

Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust

Woodbury, CT — Become a volunteer and join a unique group of people dedicated to improving the quality of life through education, recreation, preservation, and participation! Visit the Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust website or call (203) 263-3711 ext. 10.

Friends of Outer Island

Stony Creek, CT — This volunteer organization is dedicated to preserving and maintaining Outer Island, a Unit of the US Fish and Wildlife McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are needed to act as docents for visitors to the refuge and also to help clean up and monitor the island. Visit the Friends of Outer Island website for more information.

Housatonic Valley Association (HVA)

Throughout the Housatonic River Watershed – HVA depends on the help of volunteers to carry out various land and water protection projects in the 2000-square-mile Housatonic Valley.  Volunteers are needed to assist staff with field work (e.g. conducting stream surveys, water quality monitoring, or habitat assessments), in our office, and at our many special events throughout the year.

Visit HVA website or call (800) TEAM-HVA.

The Last Green Valley

Northeast CT — The Last Green Valley Water Quality Monitoring Program is seeking volunteers to assist with collecting water quality information through Stream Walk visual assessment and Rapid Bioassessment protocols in our local streams. Training is free and all equipment is provided! Visit The Last Green Valley website or call (860) 928-4948.

The Lost Ladybug Project

Throughout CT — Volunteers are needed to provide scientists with detailed information on the nine spotted ladybug and other ladybug species in North America. You will look for ladybugs and send pictures of them do scientists can start to gather the information they need. This is the ultimate summer science project for kids and adults! You can learn, have fun and help save these important species. Visit the Lost Ladybug website for more information.

Maritime Aquarium

Norwalk, CT — Volunteers work at Aquarium exhibits, interpreting displays, and welcoming, orienting and educating visitors. Volunteers also staff the seal pool, Touch Tank, Ray Touch Pool, and Open Ocean exhibit. Visit the Maritime Aquarium website for more information.

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT — After an initial training, volunteers assist with exhibit education, classroom assistance, the stranding team, and husbandry in animal care areas. Visit the Mystic Aquarium website or call (860) 572-5955.

Northwest Park and Nature Center

Windsor, CT — This nature center needs volunteers to assist with programs, help to maintain trails, gardening, beekeeping, and much more! Visit the Northwest Park and Nature Center website or call (860) 285-1886.

Norwalk River Watershed Association

Throughout CT — Volunteers are needed for trail maintenance and mapping, invasive removal, spring cleanups, board positions, hike and program leaders, teaching elementary school children in a river study program, River Rangers, writers and graphic designers for publications, and more. Visit the Norwalk River Watershed Association website or call (877) NRWA-INFO.

Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

Throughout CT – The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) was established as an outreach program for monitoring marine phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs). As part of this program, you collect valuable information about phytoplankton populations in your area! Visit PMN’s website to learn more.

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC)

Southbury, Woodbury, Bethlehem, CT – Volunteers are the life-blood of the PRWC.  Volunteers are needed to assist staff with field work (e.g. conducting stream surveys, water quality monitoring, or habitat assessments), conducting research, preparing outreach materials (e.g. props for education programs, articles for the newsletter, or exhibits for local fairs), in our office, and at many special events throughout the year. Volunteers are also often the source of ideas for initiatives carried out by the PRWC.  For more information, visit the PRWC website or call (203) 267-1700.

Project Limulus

Throughout CT — Sample and tag horseshoe crabs along New York’s coast during spring spawning surveys. Visit the Project Limulus website for more information.

Save the Sound

Throughout CT — Join other volunteers in beach cleanups and habitat restoration projects in the Long Island Sound region. Save the Sound is a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Visit the Save the Sound website or call (203) 787-0646.

The Search for Megalops

Throughout CT – The Sound School is asking blue crabbers from NY and CT to send reports about their crabbing experiences and observations of habitat and fishing success.  If you are interested in participating, call (203) 946-6875 or email at and data protocol will be sent to you.

SoundWaters, Inc.

Stamford, CT — Volunteer act as greeters and receptionists, help with data entry and assist with aquaria and displays. Visit the SoundWaters, Inc. website or call (203) 406-3302.

Still River Alliance

The Still River Watershed (Danbury, Bethel, New Milford, and Brookfield, CT) – The Still River Alliance is a partnership of individuals, organizations, and public agencies dedicated to the stewardship of the Still River and the river’s greenway system, and to the continued improvement of the environment of the surrounding watershed.  Volunteers are needed to help monitor the river’s health (e.g. water quality sampling), maintain the greenway (e.g. cleanup events), and conduct educational and outreach events. For more information,

Thames River Basin Partnership

Eastern CT — The Poquetanuck Cove Preservation Committee of the Thames River Basin Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with summer plant community monitoring at Poquetanuck Cove, located between Preston and Ledyard, CT. This monitoring is part of a multiyear Phragmites control project in Poquetanuck Cove, the best preserved tidal cove off of the Thames River. Training is free and all equipment is provided! Visit the Thames River Basin Partnership website or call (860) 928-4948.

The Nature Conservancy

Throughout CT — The Nature Conservancy offers many volunteer opportunities throughout Connecticut! Monitor stream health, help remove invasive plant species, or with office work. Visit The Nature Conservancy website for more information.

White Memorial Conservation

Litchfield, CT — Volunteer to lead nature walks, teach programs on pond critters, or help care for the animals. Visit the White Memorial Conservation website or call (860) 567-0857.


Audubon Society

Throughout NY — Attend Audubon Society field trips and events and help conduct bird counts throughout Long Island. Find an Audubon Center near you or contact your local chapter for more volunteer opportunities: Huntington ChapterFour Harbors ChapterNYC Chapter.

Alley Pond Environmental Center

Douglaston, NY — Help with the Center’s animal care, outside work, educational programs and special events. Field Biology internships are also available for high school students! Visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center website or call (718) 229-4000.

Alewife Spawning Survey

Throughout NY — Volunteers are needed to look for alewives (a species of river herring) in streams within their community from early March to mid-May. Land based monitoring, no experience is necessary, it’s easy to do and we really need the help! Volunteers will be trained during workshops. To learn more, call or email Vicky to sign up at (631) 444-0441.

American Littoral Society

Throughout NY — Come clean the beaches of Long Island Sound during the Annual International Beach Clean-up Day in September. They also have a fish tagging program—you can tag fish for their survey! Visit the American Littoral Society website for more information.

Bayside Anglers Group Ltd.

Bayside, NY — Every spring Bayside Anglers Group host the “Little Neck Bay Beach Clean-up” a shoreline clean-up of the Bayside, NY waterfront. We encourage everyone from every community to pitch in and help us keep the Long Island Sound as clean as possible. Visit the Bayside Anglers Group Ltd. website or call (917) 439-3022.

Bronx River Alliance

Bronx, NY – Bronx River Alliance works with the Bronx community to restore and revitalize the health of the Bronx River. Their stewardship efforts extend to plantings, rubbish removal, and helping to rebuild connections to the river through tours, cycling, paddling and kayaking events along the river. Visit their website for opportunities and events to join us and volunteer, or call (718) 430-4665.

Caumsett Foundation

Lloyd Harbor, NY – Volunteers are needed to help the Caumsett Foundation with their grasslands restoration project at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. Learn about the grassland restoration project and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly while participating in invasive weed pulls and the planting of natives in the restoration area. Early spring projects will be scheduled. Water and snacks are provided. Interested volunteers should contact Sue Feustel at

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Throughout NY — CCE’s primary goal is to empower individual citizens to have a stronger voice and greater influence in the development and implementation of public policies affecting our water, land, and air in the New York and Connecticut region. Visit the Citizens Campaign for the Environment website for more information.

Coastal Steward

Port Jefferson Station, NY — Volunteers can participate with the Shellfish Restoration Project, Adopt-A-Beach (beach cleanups), and Educational Programs (several including curricula for classrooms). Visit the Coastal Steward website or contact Bruce at (631) 941-6528 or

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium

Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Volunteers can assist with animal care or help with fishing and other special events. Visit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium website or call (516) 692-6768.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

Huntington, NY — Volunteers assist with water quality monitoring in the Huntington-Northport Bay Complex. All volunteers must attend a free training on water quality monitoring and monitoring techniques in order to participate in Water Logging. Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County website or call (631) 239-1800 ext. 21.

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)

Oakdale, NY — Volunteers are trained to assist with whale watch trips to spot animals and record data. Volunteers also help with seal observation trips, such as seal walks and cruises. Visit the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island website or call (631) 244-3352.

Friends of Edgewood Preserve

Deer Park, NY – Volunteers can help protect and restore this 843-acre nature preserve by helping with invasive removal, cleanups, maintaining trails, and much more! Visit the Friends of Edgewood Preserve website or call Patricia at 631-242-7402.

Friends of Flax Pond

Setauket, NY — Join Friends of Flax Pond and help collect data on diamondback terrapins or horseshoe crabs! Visit the Friends of Flax Pond website or call (631) 941-9404.

Friends of the Bay

Oyster Bay, NY — Become a water quality monitoring volunteer or help with other efforts to preserve and protect the waters of the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor estuary. Visit the Friends of the Bay website or call (516) 922-6666.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Glen Cove, NY — Volunteers help with the preserve’s outdoor education program, invasive plant removal, maintaining the butterfly gardens, or with other work around the preserve. Visit the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve website or call (516)571-8010.

Greenburgh Nature Center

Greenburgh, NY — Volunteers can help care for the live animals, maintain the museum or greenhouse, or help in the hands-on discovery room. Visit the Greenburgh Nature Center website or call (914) 723-3470.

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Throughout NY — Sample and tag horseshoe crabs along New York’s coast during spring spawning surveys. Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension website for programs throughout NY or visit the Project Limulus Website for programs in the north shore of Long Island.

Keep Manhasset Beautiful

Manhasset, NY — Help keep Manhasset beautiful by volunteering to clean up litter, plant trees and flowers, or increasing community awareness about these issues. Visit the Keep Manhasset Beautiful website or call (917) 991-2710.

The Lost Ladybug Project

Throughout NY — Volunteers are needed to provide scientists with detailed information on the nine spotted ladybug and other ladybug species in North America. You will look for ladybugs and send pictures of them do scientists can start to gather the information they need. This is the ultimate summer science project for kids and adults! You can learn, have fun and help save these important species. Visit the Lost Ladybug website for more information.

Long Island Native Grass Initiative

Riverhead, NY — Volunteer opportunities vary from wildland seed collection, plant identification, plant propagation, seed cleaning, database management, mailing assistance, and participating in the Native Plant Symposium and Annual Native plant Sale in June.  By joining the LINGI mailing list, volunteer opportunities will be announced as they occur. Visit the website or call (631) 727 -2315 x3.

Long Island Regional Envirothon, Ltd.

Long Island, NY – The LI Envirothon is an annual outdoor environmental studies competition for high schools students in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our volunteer opportunities included supervising students during the event, assisting at a subject area station, judging oral presentations, and various operational jobs such as passing out tee shirts, signing in teams, and running tests.  We need approximately 100 volunteers for the event which is held in April each year. Visit the LI Environthon’s website or call (631) 727-2315 x3.

Long Island Seaport & Eco Center (LISEC)

Port Jefferson, NY — LISEC needs volunteers to do beach clean-ups, shellfish restoration, and to help with marine education and geology programs. We also need people with carpentry skills to work with our wooden boat building program. Visit the Long Island Seaport & Eco Center website or call (631) 474-4725.

Long Island Volunteer Center

Throughout NY — Volunteers can search this database to find hundreds of opportunities throughout Nassau & Suffolk counties. Visit the Long Island Volunteer Center website or call (516) 564-5482.

Long Island Water Sentinels

Suffolk and Nassau Counties — Volunteers are needed to test waterways on a regular basis for baseline data monitoring. Test kits and training are provided. Children are welcome with responsible adult supervision. Visit the Long Island Water Sentinels website or call (631) 560-0055.

Marine Meadows Program

Throughout Long Island — The Marine Meadows Program is an innovative, community-based component of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s overall eelgrass restoration efforts. Through the Marine Meadows Program, workshops are held at which land based volunteers of all ages assist in preparing eelgrass planting units for deployment by CCE staff at carefully selected restoration sites in our local waters. For more information, follow the Marine Meadows program on Facebook, or visit their website. If you are interested in hosting, sponsoring, or participating in a  Marine Meadows workshop, please contact Kim Barbour.

Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums

Throughout NY — Volunteers are needed in preserves and museums throughout Nassau County. Visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website to find volunteer opportunities near you!

New York Restoration Project

Throughout NYC – Join New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in planting and caring for trees, cleaning parks, planting flowers in community gardens – even helping out in their office. Visit the NY Restoration Project website to find volunteer opportunities near you!

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Throughout NY — There are 20 state parks and historic sites throughout Long Island. Visit the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website to get contact information for the park closest to you!

Parks Greeter Corps

Throughout NYC – The newly launched PARKS GREETER CORPS is a team of motivated volunteers who are ambassadors of New York’s park system in the community. Park greeters are a welcoming presence at the entrance to parks and playgrounds, inform patrons of the available amenities and programs, gauge the public’s opinion and interests, and serve as eyes and ears for the park’s condition and environment.  We are looking for volunteers from all backgrounds in all five boroughs. Visit NYC Parks website or contact Mahanth Joishy at 212-360-8287.

Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

Throughout NY – The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) was established as an outreach program for monitoring marine phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs). As part of this program, you collect valuable information about phytoplankton populations in your area! Visit PMN’s website to learn more.

Riverhead Foundation

Riverhead, NY — Volunteers can teach the public about the Foundation’s work and what to do when they see a marine mammal or sea turtle in New York waters, assist with beach patrols to look for cold-stunned turtles, or join the rescue team to help injured marine life. Visit the Riverhead Foundation website or call (631) 369-9840.

Rye Nature Center

Rye, NY — Volunteers assist Center staff with programs, grounds maintenance, administrative tasks, and special events. The Center also provides internships and community service opportunities for students from local schools. Visit the Rye Nature Center website or call (914) 967-5150.

Save the Sound

Westchester, Queens, and Nassau Counties, NY and Greenwich, CT — Learn how to track bacteria pollution in your favorite stream or harbor and become a citizen scientist for Save the Sound. Many training dates and times available. We can accommodate many schedules. Volunteers only need to make a small commitment, 1 morning a week needed during summer. Communities include Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, Mount Vernon, and Greenwich. Additionally we are expanding onto Long Island where we will be monitoring Manhasset Bay and Little Neck Bay. Email to ask questions or express interest.

The Search for Megalops

Throughout NY – The Sound School is asking blue crabbers from NY and CT to send reports about their crabbing experiences and observations of habitat and fishing success.  If you are interested in participating, call (203) 946-6875 or email at and data protocol will be sent to you.

Sheldrake Environmental Center, Inc.

Larchmont, NY — Join Sheldrake Environmental Center’s Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program and learn to lead hands-on ecology programs, including school field trips to Dog Beach on the Long Island Sound.  You will gain natural history knowledge and teaching techniques, meet other nature enthusiasts, enjoy continuing education, social gatherings and trips and make a huge contribution to the community. Visit the Center’s website or call (914) 834-1443 to speak with Mary, Environmental Program Director.

Sierra Club of Long Island

Throughout NY — Volunteers help with lobbying actions, paperwork, writing articles and materials for fliers, computer work (data entry and updates), beach cleanups, managing events, assisting at tablings, doing educational presentations, being a committee chair, and many more. Visit the Sierra Club of Long Island website or call (631) 689-1568.

Southold Protection in Aquaculture Training (SPAT)

Southold, NY — Volunteers help to maintain their shellfish hatchery and gardens, with boatbuilding, and assist at the aquaculture facility which grows clams oysters and scallops. Visit the Southold Protection in Aquaculture Training website or call (631) 852-8660, extension 34.

Sweetbriar Nature Center

Smithtown, NY — Assist with the Nature Center’s summer camp, animal care, butterfly house, wildlife rehabilitation, and special events. Visit the Sweetbriar Nature Center website or call (631) 979-6344.

The Nature Conservancy

Throughout NY — The Nature Conservancy offers many volunteer opportunities throughout New York! Help remove invasive plant species, monitor the endangered piping plover, or with office work. Visit The Nature Conservancy website for more information.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center

Oyster Bay, NY — Volunteer opportunities range from scientific research (bird banding, dragonfly census, and plant identification) to teaching environmental programs about Long Island Sound. Stewardship of sensitive areas is also needed to further protect wildlife and their habitats. Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center website or call (516) 922-3200.

Volunteers for Wildlife

Locust Valley, NY — Volunteers have the opportunity to help care for injured native wildlife in the rehabilitation hospital or help the education department with events and education programs. Visit the Volunteers for Wildlife website or call  (516) 674-0982.

Westchester County Volunteer web page

Westchester County, NY — Find an exciting volunteer opportunity near you on Westchester County’s Volunteer web page.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Throughout NYC — Volunteer at the Bronx, Central Park, Queens, or Prospect Park Zoos or the NY Aquarium. Visit the Wildlife Conservation Society website or call (718) 220-5100.

Upper Basin States

Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC)

Throughout MA – Volunteers are needed to assist with collecting water samples for a bacteria analysis that is being conducted.  Samples are needed every Thursday morning (can be before work) from May 31 to October 4 from the UMASS boat dock near Elwell Island, at the marina or state boat ramp in Oxbow, or from Mill River, all of Northampton, MA. CRWC is also working with the Division of Ecological Restoration’s River Instream Flow Stewards (RIFLS) program to establish stream flow gages on one or more tributaries to the Fort River in south Amherst, MA. Please contact Andrea at 413-772-2020 x 205 or email for information on both programs.

Eyes and Ears Network

Along the CT River, NH, VT, CT, MA–Many of you regularly go out on the Connecticut River or its tributaries to paddle, fish, boat, swim, or hike or bike along it.   Being part of the Eyes & Ears network means that if you see something unusual, you contact us or a regulatory agency.  Over the past 2 years, Eyes & Ears volunteers in the Upper Valley have led EPA to identify and properly dispose of a “mystery barrel” on the riverbanks, alerted Fish & Wildlife to assess the cause of dead fish on the shoreline, helped a town stop runoff from their town garage, and much more.  We will train you to know what to look for and what to do if you see something that doesn’t seem quite right. Call 413-772-2020 x204 or email for more information.

Millers River Watershed Council

Throughout MA–Volunteers are needed to assist with collecting water samples for a bacteria analysis that is being conducted at 16 locations along the Millers River and Otter River.  Volunteers especially needed for the lower Millers River. For more information, please email Keith.


If your organization has volunteer opportunities and would like to be added to this list or you have an upcoming event you would like us to list, please contact Anna Weshner-Dunning at

Stewardship Days!

A Stewardship Day is a volunteer day where people can connect with their local Stewardship Area. These days consist of nature and history walks, kayak tours, birding trips, and/or on-the-ground stewardship activities like invasive species removal, trail maintenance, seed collection, planting, etc. The goal of volunteer Stewardship Days is to protect and restore the Sound.

No volunteer Stewardship Days scheduled.


Volunteer Events

Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8th-14th)

Volunteer for a variety of events on Long Island:

Title: Student Volunteer Invasive Plant Pull

Date: Tuesday July 10th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Avalon Park Preserve

Description: CLOSED EVENT to student volunteers with the Avalon Park Preserve. We will be pulling mugwort and garlic mustard out of garden/wildflower areas.

Title: High Rock Park Invasive Plant Day (RSVP)

Date: Wednesday July 11th, 10:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: 200 Nevada Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306

Description: Come join us at High Rock Park for a day of invasive plant education and removal! Volunteers are encouraged to help prepare at-risk natural areas for plantings by removing invasive plants and vines. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Tools and insect repellent will be provided. Please RSVP at the number/email address listed below.

Contact: (718) 667-2165 ext. 311 or

Title: Interpretive Nature Walk and Invasive Weed Pull (RSVP)

Date: Wednesday July 11th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve, Chicken Valley Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Description: North Shore Land Alliance interns will lead participants through Iselin Preserve to discuss the impact of invasive species on the property, how best to identify them, and how to manage them. Participants should come dressed in tick-preventative clothing (high socks, bug spray) and with a good attitude! Due to parking restrictions the event is capped at 10 people, so register early!! For more information RSVP by July 9 to Jane Jackson:

Title: Water Chestnut Pull (RSVP)

Date: Friday July 13th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Mill Pond, Wantagh, NY 11793

Description: Join us in removing water chestnut from Mill Pond in Wantagh, NY. The event is free and we encourage people to come out with kayaks or canoes, water shoes, sun screen, bug spray, a lot of water, and a lunch. Contact the LIISMA staff at for more information.

Title: Alley Pond Park Forest Restoration (RSVP)

Date: Saturday July 14th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Alley Pond Park, Northern Blvd + 234th st, 11364

Description: Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help protect forested areas in Alley Pond and create a healthier ecosystem. 

Contact: for more information.


Title: AIS Workshop: Lake Ronkonkoma

Date: Saturday July 14th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Smithtown Blvd, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Description: Come join the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group and LIISMA for a workshop on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). The event is free and will be held at the revitalized Bavarian Inn Area. 

Title: Ridgewood Reservoir Community Trust (RSVP)

Date: Saturday July 14th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, NY 11208

Description: NYC H2O is offering free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir to community members and the public.

Registration Link:

International Coastal Clean Up

Manhasset Bay Protection Committee

Saturday, September 29th at 9:30am at Manorhaven Beach Town Park 

Bring: water, old clothes and protective shoes
that can get wet, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
Latex gloves, trash bags, and some drinks and snacks provided.

For information or to register, contact:
Sarah Deonarine

Audubon NY- Be a Good Egg

Come assist our Audubon NY staff in performing critical shorebird outreach on the beach!

*All events are from 9:30-am-2:15pm

July 15: Lido Beach Town Park

 July 21: Point Lookout Town Park

For questions please contact Erica Schwabach at or 516-922-3200.

New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

Cornell Cooperative Extension & NYSDEC

Get involved with our annual horseshoe crab monitoring program on various beaches throughout New York’s Marine District. Participants assist with the collection of scientific data that is used to assess the status of horseshoe crabs in NY State, and will help determine the management and conservation of this important species throughout the region.

To learn how to get involved with this program, please visit:

Water Quality Monitoring Program (May-October 2018)

Setauket Harbor Task Force

Description: Twice each month from May to October we will be heading out from Port Jefferson Harbor at sunrise to collect data at 10 sites in Port Jefferson Harbor, Setauket Harbor, and the narrows near Conscience Bay.

-Each monitoring trip will run about 3 hours.

-Training and equipment will be provided.

To sign up please contact George Hoffman (631)-786-6699 or email


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Volunteer E-newsletter

The LISS volunteer e-newsletter is a monthly publication that provides a listing of upcoming volunteer events in New York and Connecticut and also features a volunteer spotlight.

  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: February 2017 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: September 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: August 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: July 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: May 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: April 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: March 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: January 2016 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: October 2015 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: September 2015 [web] [PDF]
  • VOLUNTEER for the Sound: August 2015 [web] [PDF]


If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or your organization would like its volunteer event advertised on this volunteer e-newsletter, please contact Anna

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