Volunteer Opportunities

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 1.18.29 PMWe hope you will consider actively engaging with Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead this year.

It is estimated that on an average day at least 100 people walk in Vaughan Woods and twice that in the summer. Help us care for this precious community resource by adopting a trail, trail head, or bridge with your family or as an individual.
Date: Ongoing at your convenience

  • Monitor a trail – pick up trash and report your observations about trail conditions.
  • Caretake a trailhead and parking area – pick up trash, weed around kiosks and entryways, plant and care for flowers and plants at entryways, and report your observations.
  • Caretake a bridge – pick up trash, remove built up leaf litter, and report your observations.

Time Commitment:
30 minutes to 1 hour once per month at your convenience for as long as you would like to commit
Prior Experience:
None necessary

Monitor Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Populations in the Woods
In 2014 we joined hundreds of organizations and individuals across New England by participating in the University of Maine’s “Signs of the Seasons” project, a citizen science initiative to help scientists document the effects of climate change. Help us contribute to this important work again in 2016. Volunteers will monitor milkweed patches in the Woods as well as the monarch butterfly population. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike.
Date: ongoing spring through fall
Responsibilities: Visit the milkweed site and record observations 1 – 2 times per month, enter observations into database or turn them in to Homestead staff
Time Commitment: 30 minutes to one hour once every two or three weeks at your convenience in late spring through early fall
Prior Experience: None necessary

Become a Docent &/or Cataloguing Assistant
Date: ongoing throughout the year
Responsibilities: Trained docents will assist with occasional house tours as well as Saturday morning trailhead “meet and greets.” Cataloguing assistants will work with Vaughan Homestead staff to label and document items in the collections.
Time Commitment: Docents are asked to assist with 3-5 events per year depending on their availability. The time commitment for catalogue assistants is flexible –  a couple of hours anywhere from once a week to once a month.
Prior Experience: None necessary

Attend a Woods Work Day – Trail Work & Invasives Removal
Date: tba
Details: Forthcoming

Please contact Program Coordinator Kate Tremblay if you are interested in any of these exciting opportunities or would like to be notified when Woods Work Days and other volunteer opportunities arise: katetremblay@vaughanhomestead.org, (207) 622-9831.