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Volunteering at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


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Get involved in your community, volunteer with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve! 
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.

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. For more information contact: Johanna Hripto, Assistant Education Coordinator

Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
Blackbird Creek Reserve (801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734)
Saturday, Oct. 21
Shifts available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If interested in attending and more details, please call 302-739-6377 

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey – Each spring the reserve organizes this major ecological event along the beaches of the Delaware bay. For more information contact: Drexel Siok, Environmental Scientist or visit our Horseshoe Crab Spawning page.

Marshbird Survey – Each spring and summer the reserve organizes a survey of secretive marshbirds along the St. Jones River. For more information contact: Christina Whiteman, Environmental Scientist

Stewardship Program Assistance – Each year the reserve holds stewardship project days which can include anything from potting seedlings in our native plant nursery to planting trees as part of our restoration plans. For more information contact: Charlie Bishop, Lands and Facilities Manager

Pollinator Garden Planting 
St. Jones Reserve (818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE 19901)
Saturday, Oct. 28
9 a.m. - Noon
If interested in attending and for more details, please call 302-739-6377    

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How can you become a Volunteer at the Reserve? Call the Reserve at (302) 739-6377 and we'll direct you to the correct person.


Eagle Scout project at the Blackbird Creek Reserve

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