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, Nehalem Community Center

    All day

    Nehalem, OR, United States

    Nehalem, OR, United States

    Join us for the opening of Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale at the North County Recreation District, a gallery located in the Nehalem community center.

    The opening will include a Beaver Ecology presentation by Neal Maine at 6:30 pm with a reception and art viewing starting at 7:30 pm.  The art show will be on view throughout the month. See Lower Nehalem Watershed Council for more related events.

    A percentage of the sale will help support the conservation activities of The Wetlands Conservancy and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council.

  • Doris Davis Beaver Marsh Preserve Open House

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Doris Davis Beaver Marsh

    Join us for an open house at our Doris Davis Beaver Marsh preserve in Manzanita.  This beautiful preserve is right in the heart of Manzanita.  Visit Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale in Nehalem and then come and visit with our land steward and tour this great North coast wetland.

    Directions to the preserve: Take the Nehalem Rd from Hwy 101 (just north of Manzanita)and follow it to the junction of Nehalem Rd, Pacific Blvd, and Ocean Rd. Just before the junction there is small turnout that has a plaque about the Doris Davis preserve. Meet you there!

  • River Professor Event: Stormwater in Your Community

    6:30 pm-8:00 pm

    12375 SW 5th St Beaverton OR

    12375 SW 5th St Beaverton OR

    Hedges Creek Wetland Stormwater

    Come learn about how your lawn and garden effect the streams and wetlands around us, and what we can do to improve the water quality of our watersheds.

    The Wetlands Conservancy and Tualatin Riverkeepers will host Maria Cahill of Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC in discussing beneficial changes to stormwater.  Maria uses her degree in civil engineering and 20 years’ experience implementing green development to teach others how to make our urban areas support clean rivers.


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