Volunteer Opportunities

Share your enthusiasm and appreciation of the environment with Asbury Woods visitors, increase your own knowledge of the natural world, spend time outside and meet people with similar interests.

The volunteer program at Asbury Woods has been a driving force since 1969. Today, the volunteer program continues to thrive with over 700 individuals providing over 13,000 hours of their time caring for the Woods and sustaining our educational programs.

Volunteering by individuals, families, teens and corporations help Asbury Woods with educational programs, special events, natural areas management, animal care, gift shop and office. 

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Constituent Relations Coordinator Sheila Nordin at 814-836-6176 or snordin@asburywoods.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Scary Creature Feature Volunteers

We invite you to join us during Scary Creature Feature. This is a fall, family event complete with hayride, donuts and cider, activities, storytelling and a guided walk through the woods where guests encounter and learn about some not-so-scary, nocturnal creatures that live in the forest. It’s the perfect chance to explore the woods at night and enjoy the cool, crisp air of an autumn evening. 

Scary Creature Feature is scheduled for Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12. 

Visitor Services Volunteers

Volunteers share their love of Asbury Woods by ensuring each guest has a joyful experience when they visit the Nature Center. Their responsibilities include greeting guests, answering phone calls and other inquiries, taking program registrations and running the cash register in the Squeaky Frog Gift Shop.


Volunteer Gardeners help maintain the garden areas at the Nature Center and at Brown’s Farm.

Summer Camp Assistant

Youth volunteers (entering 9th grade or older) work with children ages 5-12 by assisting the camp educators with supervision, preparation of craft projects, clean-up and snack time.

Watershed Education

One of the cornerstones of our school-based programming is our watershed education for 5th and 8th graders.  Held Fall and Spring at Brown’s Farm this program relies on volunteers to help us teach various stations in the field at Brown’s Farm and then a hike down to Walnut Creek with the school children.

School Programs

Volunteers are needed throughout May and beginning of June to help Education staff to deliver school visits.  Volunteers are assigned to teach one rotation or activity through the course of a visit and will repeat that activity with a couple of groups throughout the day.  These opportunities occur on weekdays and volunteers arrive at 9 AM and depart at 2PM.  Volunteers are needed to assist with 2nd Grade Habitats visits, 3rd grade Life Cycle visits, and 6th and 7th grade watershed visits. Teaching assignments are generally outdoors and require moderate walking.  Volunteers for these programs will have an opportunity shadow an Asbury Woods educator first and specific lesson plans are provided.

Summer Extended Care 

Volunteers are needed from June 10 – August 14 to supervise morning and afternoon extended care during our summer camp program.  Extended care volunteers supervise 3- 12 school-aged children and provide a safe, fun environment before and after camp.  Morning care volunteers arrive at 7:15 AM and depart at 9:00 AM.  Afternoon extended care volunteers arrive at 3:15 PM and depart at 5:45 PM.  Volunteers are needed Monday – Friday at Brown’s Farm and at the Nature Center.  An orientation will be provided to extended care volunteers. 

Interpretive Evening Walks 

Volunteers are needed to lead guided interpretive walks at the Nature Center on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7 pm, June 12 – August 14.  Interpretive guides will work with the Education staff to develop an interpretive talk to deliver while leading the walk.  Training is provided.  The walking pace of these walks is moderate and the audience is people of all ages. 

Drop in and Discover 

Volunteers are needed to deliver 30 minute interactive, engaging experiences to nature center visitors on Saturday mornings at 11:00 AM.  Volunteers arrive at 10:30 am and depart at 12:00 PM.  Volunteers work with Education staff to plan engaging experiences.  Training is provided.  Volunteers are needed May – August, especially.  This is also a year-round opportunity. 

Fitness Fridays 

Volunteers are needed on Friday mornings May – August to lead fitness walks on the Asbury Woods trail network from 8 – 9 am.  The pace is moderate to active, to create a healthy workout.  The audience is active adults. 

Social Media Influencers

Help us maintain an active presence on social media by working with our Marketing Director to create and post content including pictures, blogs, sharing relevant research, and more through our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and website channels.

Visitor Engagement Volunteers

Volunteers with specific interest and expertise in various nature and environmental topics create and present short programs to enhance the visitor experience.  Examples of topics include tree talks, blue bird walks, animal exhibit tours, green building tours and more.  If you have a passion for a specific topic, work with our education team and constituent relations coordinator to be part of our visitor engagement team.