Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer with the New Canaan Nature Center, please call Jennifer Rayher at (203) 966-9577 x 64.

General Volunteer Opportunities

Grounds Maintenance
Volunteers are needed to help our staff maintain our unique 40 acre property. Seasonally, there is a need for help with transplanting flowers and shrubs, pruning of trees and bushes, planting bulbs, weeding, spreading wood chips on our many trails and removing brush and invasive plants.

Visitor Center Host
As the first point of contact for visitors, the Visitor Center host creates a welcoming and dynamic environment for guests. We are actively seeking volunteers with a cheerful, friendly attitude, great communication skills, experience in customer service and working with children.

Handyman Projects
Our many buildings are always in need of improvements and general maintenance work including carpentry, painting, electrical and plumbing work. Volunteers with such skills can assist our staff in keeping our buildings in good repair.

Marketing & Communications
We are currently in need of volunteers who are willing to assist the Marketing Department with a variety of tasks that will help publicize upcoming events. If you have experience in marketing, communications or public relations we need your talents! Click here to learn more >

Administrative Work
The Nature Center periodically calls on volunteers to perform many administrative duties including mailings (stuffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing and the delivery of our promotional literature to various locales in the community.

PITCH IN Days
One day volunteer opportunities to come out and support NCNC on a variety of projects.


Animal Care Volunteers

Our dedicated Animal Care Volunteers, many of them high school students, assist with daily feeding and exercising of the Nature Center's critters and help us keep our Animal Care facility clean. All permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent, our captive animals form a vital part of our educational program.

General Volunteer Opportunities

Morning Rounds
Volunteers needed for misting, watering and checking on welfare of animals from 9:00 - 9:30 A.M. Monday thru Saturday.

Saturday Animal Care Team
We are seeking volunteers ages 15 years and older who are interested in a career dealing with animals. Volunteers will assist with organizing and cleaning animal areas while learning grooming and exam techniques. Commitment needed for every Saturday morning for three to four hours.

Chicken Care
Help out with daily feeding, watering and letting our chickens in and out of the coop. Learn about sustainable backyard farming and get free eggs for your efforts! Shifts are daily, Monday - Sunday, either morning (7:00-7:30 A.M. in summer / 8:00-8:30 A.M. in winter) or evening (as close to dark as possible) and can be one day per week or multiple days. Individuals or small groups/families are encouraged to apply.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Birds of Prey
Adult volunteers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays for approximately one to two hours anytime between 9:00A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Special Mammals
Adults vaccinated for rabies may work with out skunk, opossum and bat for one hour Monday thru Saturday.


Greenhouse & Gardens

Greenhouse
Volunteers of all ages are needed for the New Canaan Nature Center greenhouse and garden to help water, prune and keep bugs away. There is also an opportunity to help create a plant care manual to help educate our volunteers and the public about the plants in our collection. Hours are flexible. Typical shifts are 2 - 3 hours during our standard business hours (Monday thru Saturday from 9:00A.M. - 4:30 P.M.).

Herb Garden
From spring through the fall, volunteer opportunities include gardening and propagation, crafts and culinary projects using herbs, as well as, research and record keeping.

Children's Play Garden
Help us care for our newly revitalized play garden. Volunteers are needed to help weed, water and tend this precious space.


Special Events Volunteers

Fall Fair
This annual event is held in mid-October with games for children, music, crafts and great food. Volunteers can help with setup and breakdown, as well as manning craft tables, the food tent, and many other fun-filled activities.

Winter Wonderland Festival
Volunteers with all types of talents are always needed for this exciting community tradition. Help is needed in the days prior to the Festival to help set-up Santa's workshop, the model train display, and other activities. Day-of volunteer opportunities include help with holiday crafts, concessions, and various other activities.

Secret Gardens Tour
This annual event in early June allows participants to tour a number of beautiful private gardens in New Canaan. Volunteers serve as garden hostesses, help with the invitation mailing and the luncheon.


Other Opportunities

Summer Teacher Naturalists in Training (TNTs)
Attention teens age 14 and older: Looking for a way to spend some of summer vacation? Consider spending it with energetic children while they explore nature up close and personal! The New Canaan Nature Center has an opportunity for you to become a Summer Teacher/Naturalists in Training. Our Summer Nature Program TNTs spend their time assisting our Summer Teacher/Naturalists (college-age & older) with everyday camp responsibilities and learning appropriate ways to work with children ages 3 - 10. We'll provide training!

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