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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  • Shuck Portland: Oyster Social

    Shuck Portland: Oyster Social

    5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    Shuck Portland is partnering with many restaurants around town – so you can get your bivalve on all week – while raising money for our efforts.

    To kick off the citywide dining, join us at Tournant on Feb 2 with seafood gurus Mona & Jaret, along with Shauna Galante of Secret Language PDX to dig into oyster and seafood dishes made in your dreams.

    Come drink and eat! Proceeds will benefit out charitable partners: WEBS and The Wetland Conservancy.

  • Shuck Portland: Portland In A Halfshell

    Shuck Portland: Portland In A Halfshell

    6:00 pm-10:00 pm

    NE Broadway St Portland OR

    NE Broadway St Portland OR

    The official Shuck gala filled with seafood dreams in oyster heaven. Live music, oyster bars hosted by their own farmers, incredible food alongside perfectly paired Scotch cocktails and wine. It’s a party and there’s no cover.  Just RSV{, so we know you’re coming to get down.  Food and drink will be for sale at the event.  Dancing encouraged.  Bivalve costumes wanted.

  • Shuck Portland: Mezcal & Oysters

    Shuck Portland: Mezcal & Oysters

    6:30 pm-9:00 pm

    N. Mississippi Ave Portland OR

    N. Mississippi Ave Portland OR

    We’re gathering at one of the best oyster stops in town: Olympia Oyster Bar.  This class is an interactive oyster experience taught by a master shucker from Hama Hama oyster farm.

    Guests will learn the subtleties of shucking an oyster, the complexities of species, and the importance of their habitat – from both a culinary and conversation standpoint.

    The recipes taught will be spice up with a Baja twist from Chef/Owner of Olympia Oyster Bar, Maylin Chavez all while tasting Mexico’s premier spirit: Mezcall with the talented Sofia Acosta from Mezcal Amaras.

  • Shuck Portland Panel: What the Shell Happened to the Oyster

    Shuck Portland Panel: What the Shell Happened to the Oyster

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    NW 9th Ave Portland OR

    NW 9th Ave Portland OR

    Shuck Portland will host a social gathering and panel discussion at Ecotrust.

    Panelists, speakers, and tabling sponsors will focus on conservation, activation, policy, and education of what we can do to help our best friend bivalves survive through climate change and ocean acidification.

    A silent auction will be setup with incredible packages like a weekend getaway at Suttle Lodge & Boat House.


    Free Event

  • Shuck Portland: Oysters 101

    Shuck Portland: Oysters 101

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    NE Sandy Blvd. Portland OR

    NE Sandy Blvd. Portland OR

    Lyf Gildersleeve and the Flying Fish Oyster bar team are ocean gurus and they’re hosting an oyster extravaganza at Providore Fine Foods for Shuck Portland.

    This is a hands-on class centered around getting your aprons dirty and your bellies full.  It’s formulated for those who want to take their oyster skills to the next level by learning how to shuck, boil, bbq, fry, broil, and eat oysters like a pro.

    $60 includes hands-on instruction, oysters, and alcoholic libations.

  • Shuck Portland: Pineau de Charentes Pairs with the Pacific

    Shuck Portland: Pineau de Charentes Pairs with the Pacific

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    Lead by Hoke Harden, a Certified Pineau des Charentes Ambassador as he goes hyperbolic about oysters and Pineau des Charentes – a French Aperitif made in the region of Charente-Maritime which is famous for oysters. Hoke will walk you through an in-depth “PdC” tasting with extensive notes to expose the bonanza of flavors in different styles, then we’ll show you how to crack open some shells and blow your mind with an oyster pairing.

    $35 ticket includes Pineau des Charentes flight, oyster pairing and charcuterie+cheese.

  • Shuck Portland: Seafood & Beer Inner in the Annex

    Shuck Portland: Seafood & Beer Inner in the Annex

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    NE Glisan Portland OR

    Join Migration Brewing in their Annex to embark on an 8-course culinary journey through the world’s oceans.  From plate to glass, Migration Chef Casey Gipson and Chef de Cuisine Drew Benyo will pair seafood dishes with their own brews.

    Some of the special beers to be featured at the dinner include: Hama Mamma Oyster Stout a collaboration beer with Trever Bass of Hopworks and Hama Hama Oysters; Canadian Tuxedo Pilsner collaboration Beer with Widmer’s experimental brew team; Barrel-Aged Frankie Belgian Chocolate Stout.

    $70 tickets include a 8-course dinner with beer pairings.
    Gratuity not included.

  • Shuck Portland: Pacific Ocean Dinner

    Shuck Portland: Pacific Ocean Dinner

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    NE Broadway St Portland OR

    NE Broadway St Portland OR

    Indulge the senses with a 7-course progressive seafood dinner prepared fresh from the Pacific Ocean and paired with the best wine, beer and cocktails we can find.

    Welcoming dishes will be designed by the evening’s hosts Chef Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar, Jaret Foster of Tournant and Lyf Gildersleeve of Flying Fish Co.

    Then, individual seated courses will be presented by Portland icon Vitaly Paley, Chef Lauren Kenney from Rene Erickson’s Bar Melusine in Seattle, Hama Hama Oyster Saloon Chef Shawn Mitchell and Marco Pinchot of Chelsea Farm.

    Buy Tickets: $150/pp


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