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

Ski and Snow Shoe Rentals

Love the outdoors? Share your love of wintry adventures by fitting and introducing snowshoe and cross country skiing to visitors at Asbury Woods.

This opportunity is available for students and adults ages 14 and up. Expect to gain experience in customer service and add to service hour requirements. Prior experience is not needed. Volunteers will help renters to find the proper equipment sizes, help to fit equipment and put away returned equipment after rentals. Dress warmly, as some activities will be outside. Click here for more details.

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. Click here for more information.

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.