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Volunteering at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


What are your interests that might connect with the Delaware National Estaurine Research Reserve?  Whether you are a college student looking for an alternative spring break, or a retired school teacher hoping to help in Volunteer Assistant Researchersthe education program, you've come to the right place!  

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve needs volunteers of all ages and with a variety of backgrounds to help our programs grow and to expand our ability to make meaningful improvements to the St Jones and Blackbird Creek watersheds. Read about the volunteer offerings below and if you still don't think you've found the right match for yourself, please contact the Reserve.  

Several opportunities are available for volunteers at each location. Adults and high school students interested in volunteering can contact the Reserve at 302-739-6377 or

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Education Program Assistance – The reserve provides programs for all ages throughout the year. We welcome support of various kinds, some requiring training for volunteers who are not familiar with the activities.

Volunteers planting trees at DNERR

Mounting Plants for the Herbarium – The reserve is expanding its displays and needs assistance in establishing the herbarium.

Major Events and Public Programs Assistance – The reserve sponsors a number of events during the year and welcomes assistance.

Marketing and Outreach – Assistance with marketing, promotion and outreach is needed. This work involves representing the reserve at public outreach events (Coast Day, Delaware State Fair, etc.) and providing administrative support. 

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey – Each spring the reserve organizes this major ecological event along the beaches of the bay. Help is needed with survey planning, as well as the actual monitoring on the beaches.Volunteers putting up an Owl Box

Administrative Assistance – During office hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, administrative assistance is needed.

Bluebird Box Monitoring – Bluebird boxes need to be checked for activity at locations near the estuary. Training will be provided for this activity (no previous experience necessary).

Gardening and Outdoor Projects– Assistance with gardening and other outdoor projects is needed from May through November.

Tree Plantings – The Reserve plans these events a few times each year and welcomes assistance.

Photography – Photographs need to be taken at the various events. The Reserve also needs scenery and wildlife photos for all four seasons.

Newsletter – The reserve publishes a newsletter quarterly and welcomes assistance with writing and graphic design.

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How can you become a Volunteer at the Reserve?

Call Kimberly Cole, Manager for the Reserve at (302) 739-6377, or contact her through email at 


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