What would you like to do? From educating kids to educating the public, maintaining trails to tending a native plant garden, entering data to creating teaching materials - we could always use a hand (even if it doesn't have a green thumb)!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Environmental Education Assistants:

Do you enjoy working outdoors AND with older youth? We are in need of volunteers to assist with our 7th grade and High School Student Service Learning Field Studies from April to early June. Must be available from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, days of service are flexible. Join us in encouraging a life of service and environmental stewardship in our youth!

To apply, please fill our volunteer application form and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch!

Please note: all volunteers will be required to go through the SMCPS volunteer process, including a formal, no-fee background screening.

Existing Volunteers

Log Hours

October and November Activities:

Festivals, Work Days, educational material additions (reef ball), and demonstration garden maintenance with our volunteers this fall. Thank you volunteers for helping us support the health and beauty of our Chesapeake Bay Watershed and teach citizens about their local environment!

Picking up trash on the beach, 10 lbs collected!
Collecting about 100 Winterberry seeds for the Native Plant Nursery.
Removing an invasive Autumn Olive and maintaining 1 mile of trails.
Teaching over 70 visitors about Animal Adaptations at the St. Mary's County STEM Expo!

The Elms is a Host Site for the Maryland Master Naturalist volunteer training program. We partner with University of Maryland to facilitate a 60 hour hands-on field and classroom-based program that brings experts in multiple Natural Resource fields to serve as volunteers at the Elms. For more information see our Master Naturalist page or visit https://extension.umd.edu/masternaturalist.