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 Sheila Nordin at 814-836-6176 or snordin@asburywoods.org

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Trail Maintenance

Volunteers help to maintain our trails by cleaning up litter, trimming branches repairing boardwalks, and barking trails.

Weekly Work Crew

Volunteers meet weekly to complete a variety of jobs such as carpentry, painting and general maintenance. You must be able to follow staff directions, be physically fit and able to lift 30 pounds safely.

 Animal Care Crew

Youth volunteers (12 years of age and older) help care for the animals in the live animal exhibits. They clean cages and exercise the animals every Saturday morning. A training program is required and offered periodically throughout the year.

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.


Our seasonal festivals are a favorite with volunteers and visitors alike.  A variety of jobs need done at each festival: education stations, tour leaders, parking lot attendants, craft room helpers, greeters and much more.

Maple Program

Asbury Woods maple sap collection and syrup production program is highly dependent on volunteers helping us to tap trees, collect sap and boil sap in our very own on-site sugar shack.  This engaging and educational program is a fantastic way to learn about a natural product unique to our part of the world.

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.

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.

2018 Volunteers of the Year

Youth Volunteer - Eric Marshall

Eric has been an Asbury Woods volunteer for the past four years. He is a valued member of the Saturday Volunteer Animal Care Crew and in this role helps provide proper care to the Nature Center’s live animals with feeding, handling, assisting with preventative medical care, cleaning animal cages, and assisting in presenting the weekly Erie Wild! live animal program. He also helps to train new animal care volunteers. Eric also spent many hours filming, edited, and got permission to post a short announcement about the Asbury Woods "Adopt An Animal" program to help raise funds for the care of the animals.  He has an announcement ready to air  as well about the annual Honey Harvest Festival and has a few other film projects in the works.  Eric also represented Asbury Woods on the float at the McDowell Homecoming Parade. Eric is someone that can be counted on to be there and not leave until the job is finished. Thank you Eric, we all appreciate your dedication to Asbury Woods.

Adult Volunteer - Ken Spitulski

After many years of volunteering quietly behind the scenes, Asbury Woods is proud to recognize Ken Spitulski as our choice for this year’s adult volunteer award. Ken was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and received his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He moved to Erie in 1979 and has been married to his wife Roberta, who is also an Asbury Woods volunteer, for 42 years. Together they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren and love to travel. Ken’s hobbies include woodworking, house remodeling, PC gaming and a true love of all things concerning “SPACE”. If you have any questions about the stars be sure to ask Ken the question next time you meet him. He will give you a very through answer. As a behind the scenes volunteer, Ken has been called in during all hours of the day and night to help with building issues. Ken also takes the lead as our “all things electrical” volunteer at the Schoolhouse Craft Show stringing cords hither and beyond to supply the juice to all of the crafters.

Thank you, Ken. We appreciate the skill and time you give often to Asbury Woods.

Group Volunteer - NW PA Beekeepers Association

This year we are very pleased to honor the Northwest Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association as our volunteer group of the year. This group is most visible helping during our annual Honey Harvest festival giving tours, providing honey samples, sharing interactive displays, and inspiring the public to understand and care more about honey bees. The expertise of the beekeepers is what allows that festival to truly shine. There are many other ways that the beekeepers association helps Asbury Woods that often go unnoticed. Have you enjoyed watching the bees in our demonstration hive? Beekeeper Charlie Schroeck devotes countless hours to our bees each year. Have you ever searched for the queen and been successful because of the paint on her back? We can thank Charlie Vorisek for marking her. If you’ve ever made a cup of tea and used honey from the kitchen, or enjoyed honey from our gift shop you can thank our beekeepers. Additionally the beekeeping class each springs helps to support the Nature Center and we can’t thank Charlie Schroek enough for answering all of the calls the public has about bees. Like a honey bee, the beekeepers presence may not always be noticed, but their impact is large and helps to keep Asbury Woods growing.