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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  • Beaver Tales, Opens Lake Oswego

    5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    510 Museum & ARTspace, 1st Street, Lake Oswego, OR, United States

    510 Museum & ARTspace, 1st Street, Lake Oswego, OR, United States

    International Beaver Day- A First Friday opening reception and celebration launches the second exhibit of beaver-themed art at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s 510 Museum & ARTspace.  The exhibit will continue through the month, and include workshops, tours, and other activities around the city. This exhibit will display original juried art as well as prints, cards, and other merchandise with beaver/wetland images, all benefiting the Wetland Conservancy.

  • Beaver Tales Earth Day Celebration

    11:00 am-2:00 pm

    510 Museum & ARTspace, 1st Street, Lake Oswego, OR, United States

    510 Museum & ARTspace, 1st Street, Lake Oswego, OR, United States

    Earth Day Beaver

    Join Arts Council of Lake Oswego in celebration of Earth Day, art making will be done with recycled materials  at the 510 Museum and ARTspace.  All ages welcome!

  • “Leave it to Beavers” Movie Screening

    5:00 pm-7:30 pm

    106 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    106 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    Beaver Movie Screening

    Join The Wetlands Conservancy, Arts Council of Lake Oswego and 510 Museum & ARTspace at the Lake Theatre and Cafe for a screening of PBS’s “Leave it to Beavers”.  This event is free and open to the public.

    5:00 6:30 pm – Cocktails

    6:30-7:30 Movie Screening

  • Art & Storytime Featuring Beavers

    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    510 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    510 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    American Beaver

    Art and story time featuring authors Margo and Gerry Greeve.  Drop in format. Open and free to the public.

  • Beaver Tales Water Color Workshop with Mary Burgess

    3:30 pm-4:40 pm

    510 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    510 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, USA

    Water color workshop with artist Mary Burgess. Sign-up information coming soon.

  • From Wastewater to Wetlands: A Stunning Story of Restoration for Birds

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015, USA

    13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015, USA

    Fernhill Wetland bird habitat

    Learn about an inspiring local example of green infrastructure and how it affects wildlife, community, and water quality.

    Fernhill Wetlands, a beautiful example of habitat restoration that benefits wildlife, can also provide a vital service to the community by treating wastewater naturally. This 600 acre wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River contains essential marsh, lake, and riparian habitat and is host to thousands of migrant and resident bird species. Join Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager, Joe Liebezeit, to learn more about the innovative Natural Treatment Systems (NTS)/Habitat Enhancement Project at the Fernhill Wetlands site in Forest Grove, and learn how Portland Audubon and its team of community scientists are learning how the bird community is responding to the habitat enhancement efforts.

    Clean Water Services has transformed the site in an ambitious effort to enhance wastewater treatment by creating 90 acres of open water and emergent wetland habitat that will cool wastewater and provide diverse habitat for a variety of bird species while saving ratepayers money. This project builds on the success of other high-profile NTS wetland projects at wastewater treatment plants, such as Arcata Marsh in California and Talking Water Gardens in Albany Oregon and could be a model for other facilities across the nation.


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