Make a Difference by Volunteering with TLC
We are currently only hosting small, socially distant volunteer activities, or remote and self-led. Please visit our VolunteerHub page to create a profile if you are interested in volunteering with TLC. You can find our current in-person volunteer day protocols here.
You will be asked these questions upon arrival at any in-person volunteer event:
- Does the individual have a fever (temp above 99 degrees) or have they had a fever within the last two weeks?
- Has the person had a positive COVID test in the past two weeks?
- Has the individual been in contact with someone who tested positive or who suspects they may have a virus/Covid infection in the last two weeks?
- Does the individual have a cough or shortness of breath? Does the individual also have any two of the following Symptoms of Covid? (Difficulty breathing; persistent chest pain or pressure; muscle or body aches; headaches; fatigue; (new) loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion; runny nose; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
- Is the individual high risk or do they live/quarantine with someone high risk? (If so, it’s in their own interest not to volunteer at this time.)
Trail Guide Training
Volunteers assist with the stewardship of TLC properties by providing many types of physical support in the field. Their projects are varied and interesting and include building kiosks, removing invasive plant species, building and maintaining trails, and cleaning streams. Check our VolunteerHub page for upcoming Trail Crew dates and mark your interest.
Throughout the year we organize groups of volunteers for outdoor service days that last anywhere from 2- 6 hours. If you are actively involved in a group that would be interested in a service day we can help you arrange one on a TLC property. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the size, interests, and location of your group if you would like to customize a workday. For planning purposes, we request at least a month’s notice.
Volunteers preserve and improve the physical and biological components of TLC’s Nature Preserves, particularly those in the Western part of the Triangle. The Conservation Corps meets weekly on Thursdays from 9-12 to carry out trail construction and maintenance, invasive species monitoring and control, basic construction and woodworking projects, general landscaping, property, and equipment maintenance, and garden construction and management. Visit our VolunteerHub page and mark that you’re interested in Conservation Corps to receive weekly email updates about projects.
Similar to our “Conservation Corps” program, but will specifically be at Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve (near Clayton) and only meet on one Wednesday per month. This group will help with invasive removal, fencing repair, property cleanup, and trail building when that portion of the project gets underway potentially next year. See all the upcoming Walnut Wednesdays on our VolunteerHub page.
Site Stewards assist in the stewardship of TLC properties by walking the trails and boundaries of our preserves, doing light maintenance during these walks, and reporting on conditions to the TLC’s Stewardship staff.
Hike & Outings Leader Volunteers
This position is for the sociable outdoor enthusiast. The bulk of this position will be planning and leading informal hikes on our preserves. As time permits, you may also be involved in outreach planning and formal outreach events. Please follow the link above to see the current training schedule.
We can always use an extra pair of hands in our office. Join the hubbub by assisting staff with office-based projects including stuffing envelopes, pulling together new member packets, preparing for events, and other miscellaneous projects. Please fill out our volunteer form to learn about office projects as they arise or to set up a regular office schedule, almost all office tasks take place M-F 9-5.
Environmental Education Volunteer
Environmental Education Volunteers assist with programs and educational outreach events and help create educational materials for programs. TLC can provide training to volunteers who would like to assist with programs, working with individual children one-on-one, helping to hand out and collect supplies, and providing extra support for children that need more adult help. If you already have experience teaching or working with children, TLC volunteers can also help run group activities or lead guided hikes. Volunteers must be willing to submit to a background check. Email our Education and Outreach Associate, Kayla Ebert, at email@example.com for more information and upcoming opportunities.
Community Engagement Volunteers
Community Engagement Volunteers connect our community with all of our benefit areas which encourages the appreciation of TLC wildlife habitats, local farms and food, clean water protection, and connecting people to nature. Opportunities include ongoing and one-time tasks such as assisting with TLC events, presenting to community groups, and tabling at farmer’s markets and other events throughout our six-county region. If interested please fill out our volunteer form.
Friends of the Forest
The Friends of the Forest Program is an independent group volunteer option perfect for Scouts, youth groups, and outdoor service organizations who want to volunteer at their convenience. By helping collect litter at TLC’s nature preserves you keep the area healthy for plants and animals and pristine looking for people exploring nature. The Friends of the Forest kit includes gloves, bags, maps, safety instructions, and several environmental education activities and games to complement your volunteer service. Email our AmeriCorps member at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Friends of the Forest Program and to schedule a service date.