Volunteer with Us

Volunteer group on the coastJoin us in a wetland this year! Imagine yourself up close with a beaver during a dam monitoring tour, planting native plants and discovering a frog or bird nest, or suiting up in a pair of chest waders to remove invasive plant species from a pond. If you love the outdoors, wildlife and great community we want you to help us restore our wetlands, no experience required! Everyone is welcome!

Throughout the year we organize restoration events for all to join. We also have opportunities for individual volunteers to assist with specific projects out in the wetlands and in our office. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please fill out our volunteer application at the top of the page!

Contact us to schedule your event today! Check our events calendar to find out about our next volunteer event!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are under 18, you must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian with you to the event. If you are under 16, you must ALSO do one of the following, bring your parent with you to the volunteer event OR bring a parent or chaperone for each group of four kids. If you are under 12, your parent or guardian must accompany you to the volunteer event

Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Sturdy long pants, long sleeved shirts, and tall waterproof boots, are a good idea all year round. For the winter months, rain coats, extra socks, and an extra dry layer to change into at the end of the day can be useful.

We do have a few boots to loan out in a variety of adult sizes if you don’t have your own pair.

In the summer, sunscreen, extra water, and a hat are a good idea to bring along. Other great things to bring if you have them on hand include binoculars, a magnifying loupe, or a camera.

We will provide tools, water (or tea in the winter) and snacks.

Water, of course! Some sections of our preserves may require careful crossing of large puddles of water, have deep muddy areas, and uneven ground. We also run into all kinds of organisms in the wetlands including prickly plants, bees, and beautiful birds.

Yes! We love water!

If you are interested in bringing a group of students or adults to volunteer we have several options and would love to work with you to create a valuable experience for your group.

We have the capacity to work with groups of 10-40 people to accomplish hands-on learning projects that are 2-3 hours long.

We have a variety of projects to choose from for all ages–mix and match to suit your fancy!

  • Invasive Species Removal (all year)
    Make room for native species by removing the invasive plants such as Armenian blackberry, English ivy, and Reed canarygrass.
  • Restoration Planting (fall-spring)
    Plant native shrubs and trees to provide erosion control, wildlife habitat, and shade for streams.
  • Litter Clean Up (all year)
    Spruce up a preserve by removing trash, and prevent it from being washed downstream.
  • Install bird boxes (all year)
    Give tree nesting birds a place to roost.
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  • Frog & Salamander Monitoring Volunteer Training

    Frog & Salamander Monitoring Volunteer Training

    12:00 pm-2:30 pm

    Centro Cultural, North Adair Street, Cornelius, Washington, OR, United States

    Centro Cultural, North Adair Street, Cornelius, Washington, OR, United States

    Be a part of a regional effort in the Tualatin River Watershed to monitor wildlife, watershed health, and success of our restoration projects.  You will receive a FREE workshop explaining how to identify local frogs and salamanders and their eggs. Then in February and March YOU help us survey 3 to 4 times at ponds and wetlands. No previous experience necessary.

    To sign up and get more information please contact Megan Garvey, megangarvey@wetlandsconservancy.org 503.227.0778

  • Frances Backhouse Reading

    Frances Backhouse Reading

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    1714 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA

    1714 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA

    Canadian author Frances Backhouse will do a reading of her book Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. The book was heralded by  The Globe and Mail as one of the “20 books you’ll be reading–and talking about–for the rest of the year.”

  • Beaver Tales Oregon State University Opening

    Beaver Tales Oregon State University Opening

    4:00 pm-8:30 pm

    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Oregon State University  Events kick off at Oregon State University with a reception, exhibit and sale at the LaSells-Stewart Center.  The Center will display beaver-themed photographs and art and host presentations/workshops highlighting relevant research from multiple academic disciplines.  The events take place as part of OSU’s Year of Art + Science – a fitting program of events that explores the interplay of art and science, here through the lens of engaging the wider community in a celebration of Oregon’s state animal and Oregon State University’s mascot.

  • Malheur, One Year Later

    Malheur, One Year Later

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210, USA

    2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210, USA

    Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been in the news for much of the past year for all the wrong reasons. However, much is also going right in this amazing landscape. Join us for a very special Nature Night, presented by Audubon Society of Portland and the High Desert Partnership, that will bring together representatives from a variety of interests, including conservation groups, ranchers, the Harney County Commission, and Malheur Refuge staff, who have been working to restore the refuge and surrounding landscape to health, and bridge divides that too often separate our urban and rural communities. Even at the height of the occupation, these groups were working together on a collaborative vision to light a path forward.

    Peter Harkema, director of Oregon Consensus Project, will moderate a discussion about the work occurring on and around the refuge and the challenging issues being addressed. Come get an inside look at how these disparate parties have come together to work on some of the most important restoration projects on one of the most challenging landscapes in the western United States.

    6 p.m.: Doors open. Light hors d’oeuvres 

    provided by High Desert Partnership.
    7 p.m.: Presentation and Panel Discussion

    Chad Karges, Malheur National Refuge Manager
    Dan Nichols, Harney County Commissioner
    Gary Marshall, Rancher (invited)
    Esther Lev, Wetlands Conservancy
    Bruce Taylor, Joint Venture
    Brenda Smith, High Desert Partnership
    Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland
    Moderator: Peter Harkema, Oregon Consensus Project

  • Beavers & Wetlands Walk *FILLED*

    Beavers & Wetlands Walk *FILLED*

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    5700 SW Reservoir Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA

    5700 SW Reservoir Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA

    FILLED. Beavers are OSU’s beloved mascot, an important character in indigenous folklore, a listed “nuisance” animal in some states, and a fur-bearer trapped nearly to the point of extirpation.  They have had a long and sometimes controversial history in Oregon (it’s the beaver state after all!). For thousands of years, beavers have been ecosystem engineers, creating wetlands and altering landscapes to the benefit of many species, such as coho salmon.

    Join Greenbelt and Jimmy Taylor, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist with the National Wildlife Research Center, on a walk as we talk about beaver natural history, explore a local wetland, and observe an active beaver dam at Bald Hill Farm.

    This walk is brought to you by Greenbelt Land Trust and The Wetlands Conservancy.  It takes place at the “tale” end of the Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art exhibit spearheaded by The Wetlands Conservancy – and on exhibit throughout February at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

    To RSVP for the walk or for more info, contact Rebecca@greenbeltlandtrust.org.


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