Volunteer opportunities

Group Ecological Services Projects

RC Edwards Meadow Pickens County SC. The workdays are the first Thursday of each month, 9am to noon. Contact Cindi Hekking for details. 540ish R C Edwards School Rd. Central, SC 29630. See map at this link. Meadow_Project

Native Plant Garden at the Pickens County Museum Pickens County SC. First Tuesday and third Thursday of each month, 9am to noon. (March – October). Bring your favorite yard tools to help prepare the garden for a new season. Contact Judy Seeley to be added to the notification list. 307 Johnson Street, Pickens SC. Pickens Native Gardens

Hagood Mill Site Pickens County SC. Third and Fourth Tuesday mornings of each month (March – October). Times vary. 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. Pickens Native Gardens

DNR Oyster Shell recycling program Greenville County SC. Work as part of a team that will collect shells on Mondays from restaurants and submit to DNR for recycling into coastal habitat. Contact Carole Lyles for details. Oyster_Recyling

Group Citizen Science Projects

SC Bat Watch

SC Bat Watch is a citizen science project in South Carolina that monitors bat roost sites. Bat Watch involves counting bats emerging from a maternity roost twice during the summer. SCDNR needs your help to find and monitor these roosts! Click Below and find out more!

Frog Watch

  • RC Edwards Meadow Pickens County SC. The frog watch project is gearing up again at the meadow. This is a citizen science project that monitors the species of frogs & toads that visit ponds and wetlands over time. We meet after sunset and listen for frogs for 5 minutes. It does not take long and is a great way to learn some frog calls. Even if you have not been through the training you are still welcome to come and learn. We are going to meet at the R C Edwards meadow gate every other Monday evening at 7:45pm beginning next Monday 2/19. Come join us! Please, text or email me with contact info if you plan to come… that way I can let you know if we have to cancel due to weather. Meadow_Project
  • Lake Conestee Nature Park Greenville County SC.  It’s time to get out there and listen to some frog calls! For qualified monitors, meet promptly at sunset at the Belmont Fire Dept. Lake Conestee Nature Park Trailhead at 701 Fork Shoals Rd. Greenville, SC. Monitoring will occur at the Old River Slough Site ½ hour after sunset, then the West Bay Boardwalk Site. Allow 1-1.5 hours for monitoring. Always dress for the weather, bring your permission to be in the park form, FrogWatch Monitoring Protocols, datasheet, pen, flashlight, thermometer, and phone. Contact Barbara Foster for details. Frog_Watch_LCNP

SC Dept. of Natural Resources

Upper Savannah River Drainage Fisheries Survey. This year it is from Greenwood County south to about Aiken. (May-Sept). SCDNR freshwater fisheries Research regular (weekly or biweekly) assistance: Study on Conservation of Native Red Eye Bass Species. This work requires one to wear waders and hike up and down streams in sand and over rocks while carrying gear. Due to weather considerations schedules are only about a week in advance.

Northern Long Eared Bat Survey. Locations TBD and dates (~May-Aug). We had a really fun time last year seeing all kinds of bats.

US Forest Service- Sumter National Forest: Enoree Ranger District & Long Cane Creek Ranger District

Webster’s Salamander Survey. Edgefield and McCormick Counties (Nov-Apr). Webster’s salamander surveys are suitable for volunteers because they’re relatively easy to do and they can be done at one’s own pace. November through April is considered the survey season and there are specific temperature/soil moisture conditions that have to be met (basically, cool/wet weather).

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. If there is anyone in the Association who is qualified to run North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) routes, then there may be an opportunity to volunteer in that capacity as well. They have been wanting to run NAAMP routes on the three Sumter National Forest Ranger Districts for some time now, but don’t have the personnel to do so.

Bat Monitoring. Further down the road there may be volunteer opportunities to do some bat monitoring on the piedmont Districts of the Sumter National Forest.

Individual Citizen Science Projects

Audubon Climate Watch Climate Watch is Audubon’s new community science project that focuses on trying to understand the impacts of climate change on birds. To do this, we’ve picked a target species (Eastern Bluebird) and have developed a protocol for surveying for this species twice/year in South Carolina. There are two survey windows, winter (January 15th – February 15th) and spring (May 15th-June 15th).

CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail, and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications.

Individual Ecological Services Projects

Conestee Nature Preserve in Greenville County
Rocky River Nature Park in Anderson County
River Oaks CORE in Lower Greenville/Anderson County
South Carolina Botanical Garden in Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Counties
Any of our State Parks all over South Carolina