Volunteer Opportunities

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 pmEmail Cindy Hekking for more informationEcological 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 29671First Tuesday and third Thursday of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pmEmail Judy Seeley to be added to the notification list or for more informationEcological 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 CountyNo set schedule; contact Carole for more informationEmail Carole Lyles for more informationEcological 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.
StatewideDates and events varywww.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.
StatewideMay – Julywww.scdnr.sc.gov/wildlife/bats/batwatch.htmlCitizen 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. 
GreenvilleVaries; 2023 Volunteer Training Days will be posted in Februaryhttps://greenvillezoo.com/200/Conservation-Education-through-Citizen-S

Citizen Science
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. 
StatewideYou make your own schedule once you are trained.
Training classes are offered periodically across the Upstate.
Citizen Science
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.
GreenvilleVaries; see their website and social media for more informationhttps://www.friendsofthereedyriver.org/eventsCitizen 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.
StatewideJuly, August SCDNR Summer Turkey and Bobwhite Quail SurveyCitizen 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.
StatewideMay 15 – July 15, 2022https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watchCitizen 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.
StatewideYou make your own schedulehttps://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=aboutusCitizen 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.
UpstateVariesContact Pam Shucker for more informationProgram 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 holidaysContact Margaret Corley for more informationEducation 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
Ecological Services

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