|RC Edwards Meadow Restoration|
Join volunteers removing invasive plants and helping to restore the meadow habitat.
|540 RC Edwards School Road Central, SC 29630|
See map at this link
|First Thursday of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Email Cindy Hekking for more information||Ecological Services|
|Native Plant Garden at the Pickens County Museum |
Bring your favorite yard tools to help prepare the garden for a new season.
|307 Johnson Street Pickens, SC 29671||First Tuesday and third Thursday of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Email Judy Seeley to be added to the notification list or for more information||Ecological Services|
|SCDNR Oyster Shell Recycling Program|
Work as part of a team that collects oyster shells from restaurants and places them in collection bins for the DNR for recycling into coastal habitat.
|Greater Greenville County||No set schedule; contact Carole for more information||Email Carole Lyles for more information||Ecological Services|
|South Carolina Bat Working Group|
Offers opportunities for bat counts/bat watch, building bat houses, outreach and education and more. Offered through the SCDNR.
|Statewide||Dates and events vary||www.southcarolinabatworkinggroup.org||Citizen Science|
|SC Bat Watch|
SC Bat Watch is a citizen science project in South Carolina that monitors bat roost sites. This project involves counting bats emerging from a maternity roost twice (or more, if you want to!) during the summer.
|Statewide||May – July||www.scdnr.sc.gov/wildlife/bats/batwatch.html||Citizen Science|
|FrogWatch USA (Researchers of Greenville Zoo (FROGZ))|
FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to identify local frog and toad species by their calls during the breeding season and how to report their findings accurately. By mastering these skills, volunteers gain increased experience and control over asking and answering scientific questions which, in turn, augments science literacy, facilitates conservation action and stewardship and increases knowledge of amphibians. Volunteers register a wetland site and make multiple evening visits from February through August to collect data on the calls of frogs and toads. Participating individuals and families learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians.
|Greenville||Varies; 2023 Volunteer Training Days will be posted in February||https://greenvillezoo.com/200/Conservation-Education-through-Citizen-S|
|South Carolina Adopt a Stream|
The SC Adopt-a-Stream program is led in partnership by SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the CU Center for Watershed Excellence. The SC Adopt-A-Stream program offers the opportunity to participate in volunteer water-quality monitoring. Across the country, citizen-based monitoring programs are educating the general public about water quality issues and the actions they can take to help by providing engaging hands-on experiences to citizen volunteers.
|Statewide||You make your own schedule once you are trained. |
Training classes are offered periodically across the Upstate.
|Friends of the Reedy River |
Opportunities vary and include education outreach, biannual river cleanups, riparian and buffer planting events, and more. They also have multiple Adopt-a-Stream sites and have AAS water quality kits available for checkout.
|Greenville||Varies; see their website and social media for more information||https://www.friendsofthereedyriver.org/events||Citizen Science, Ecological Services|
|South Carolina DNR Summer Wild Turkey & Bobwhite Quail Survey|
For the last 40 years, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has conducted a Summer Turkey & Quail Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of these important game birds. The survey involves agency wildlife biologists, technicians, and game wardens, as well as many volunteers from other natural resource agencies and the general public. The survey is conducted in July and August each year. With the start of the survey upon us this year, SCDNR is once again asking for volunteers to participate in this important data collection project.
The Summer Survey is designed to monitor annual nesting success of hens and survival of their broods, which has the greatest influence on wild turkey and bobwhite quail population dynamics. The information allows biologists to calculate many factors essential for sound game bird management.
If you spend time outdoors or travel the secondary roads of the state, can identify turkeys and quail, differentiate between males, females and poults (young turkeys) or chicks (young quail) you are encouraged to participate in this simple observational survey.
|Statewide||July, August||SCDNR Summer Turkey and Bobwhite Quail Survey||Citizen Science|
|Audubon Climate Watch|
This innovative community-science program enlists volunteer birders across North America to survey for one of our twelve target species in the same place (or places) twice each year. By sticking to a scientific protocol and sharing their results, these community scientists help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon’s climate models.
This is a scientific effort, so following the protocol precisely is important. To that end, Audubon has recruited a network of Climate Watch Coordinators to help participants get the technical details right, including the selection of a survey plot and sharing results with Audubon’s climate scientists.
|Statewide||May 15 – July 15, 2022||https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch||Citizen Science|
CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. 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.
|Statewide||You make your own schedule||https://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=aboutus||Citizen Science|
|Upstate Master Naturalist Association |
Volunteer your time to help our Association and you don’t need to be an officer to help! Duties may include website, social media, newsletter, or leading a volunteer committee.
|Upstate||Varies||Contact Pam Shucker for more information||Program Service|
|US Forest Service Trailhead Ambassador Program|
Trailhead Ambassadors, previously known as Day Site Hosts, act as a liaison between the Forest Service and the public. You will be stationed at the District’s busiest locations during heavy use days. You will interact with the public and answer any questions they may have. This may mean giving directions to a trailhead or letting a camper know the restrictions on dispersed camping. Not sure if you know enough about the Forest to do this? No problem! You will be provided with a binder full of information and go through a training session before becoming an Ambassador.
|Sumter National Forest- Andrew Pickens District||Minimum 12 hours per month and must be available on Saturdays, Sundays and/or holidays||Contact Margaret Corley for more information||Education and Interpretation|
|Friends of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve|
Volunteer service organization working to enhance the safe public use and enjoyment of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve while protecting its natural resources.
|Greenville County||Upcoming Cleanups on: |
July 5 8:00am
August 8 8:00 am
Sept. 6 8:00 am
|Find out how to volunteer here: https://friendsofbaldrock.com/volunteer/|
* You must register online for each cleanup
Upstate Parks That May Offer Opportunities for Volunteering
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