Much of the work of Wildlands Conservancy is done by the hands of volunteers – streamside, trailside or inside – the opportunities for individuals with time and talent to share are numerous.
We are grateful for all with an interest in volunteering. See below for ways to get involved!
Bike & Boat Adventures - River Safety Volunteer
Under the direction of the Bike and Boat Coordinator, the Bike & Boat Adventures River Safety Guide assists with the Bike and Boat program by providing safety guidance, education and logistical support on trips.
_____________________________________________________Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Maintenance Volunteer
Wildlands Conservancy is currently seeking Maintenance Volunteers for our Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Emmaus, PA. The Sanctuary includes 77 acres of woodlands and open space, plus several buildings. The main office of Wildlands Conservancy is located in a roughly 200 year-old farmhouse on the Sanctuary, as is a much newer education center, a 200 year-old barn, and several smaller buildings and structures. We are seeking skilled, experienced volunteers to help us with small-to-medium sized repairs and maintenance activities. The ability to complete very basic power tool and farm equipment maintenance would be helpful. The total weekly/monthly hours volunteered are optional, but commitment to a regular schedule is requested.
________________________________________________________Chestnut Orchard Maintenance Volunteers
The American Chestnut tree once played a major role in the ecosystem of our native forests. Unfortunately, this species was wiped out by the chestnut blight, which was first introduced to North America in 1904. In partnership with the American Chestnut Tree Foundation and Penn State, Wildlands Conservancy planted 400 seedlings of a hybrid species of chestnuts in Lehigh County’s Trexler Nature Preserve in 2012. The goal of this project is to help restore the chestnut tree by introducing the genetics responsible for blight resistance found in the Chinese Chestnut into the American Chestnut, while preserving the genetic heritage of the American species. The orchard has been expanded and now boasts nearly 900 young trees. The success of this project is dependent upon volunteer help to keep tree tubes clear of weeds, replace stakes that have fallen down, measure growth and make notes about observations.
Upcoming Volunteer Days
___________________________________________________________________________Thomas Darling Habitat Restoration Part II | April 29
Help Wildlands make critical progress towards restoring habitat for the golden-winged warbler at our 1,300-acre Thomas Darling Preserve in the Poconos. This work will effectively re-establish early successional forest in the area, which serves as primary breeding habitat for this threatened neotropical species. Please come prepared to work! Join us between 8:00 am – 1:30 pm – your contribution is essential to our success!
___________________________________________________________________________Bike & Boat: Lehigh River Clean-up | May 20
Join Wildlands Conservancy and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor staff as we work together to make a difference on our water trail. We will clean up trash as we travel on bikes between Bethlehem and Allentown on the D&L Canal Trail. Then we will switch to canoes and clean-up the river on our way back down.Everyone must pre-register. Space is limited, contact us today! Location: Sand Island 56 River St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 – turn right after bridge proceed to parking near trailer.
Contact Heather Pritchard, Development Associate