Annapolis - Volunteer Opportunities
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) works cooperatively with government, business, and citizens in partnerships to protect and restore the Bay. CBF also fights for strong and effective laws and regulations to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The CBF headquarters is a ten minute drive from St. John's Campus, but events are often held at a variety of locations around town as well in the surrounding area.
CBF has a variety of volunteer opportunities both, hands-on field work and office-based. Some opportunities require a longer term commitment, while others are one day events.
Spa Creek Conservatory
The Spa Creek Conservancy is a volunteer organization dedicated to the stewardship of the Spa Creek, one of the creeks which runs through downtown Annapolis and meets up with the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay.
The organization hosts a variety of volunteer events including shore line clean-ups, building rain barrels and rain gardens to limit run off, invasive species eradication, and miscellaneous data collection.
Friends of College Creek
The Friends of College Creek is an informal coalition of College Creek watershed stakeholders which has been active since the mid-1990s. The coalition has been re-energized and is sponsored by the Lower Western Shore Tributary Team, to continue work to protect and restore the College Creek watershed.
Projects include tidal water quality monitoring, fish monitoring, storm water mitigation, invasive species eradication, reforestation, and shore line clean-up.
Chesapeake Ecology Center
The Chesapeake Ecology Center is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about community greening and conservation landscaping practices for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The offices (and gardens!) are located within walking distance of St. John's College and are located on the banks of College Creek.
Volunteer opportunities vary but include shoreline clean up, plantings, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, and storm water mitigation.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary consists of more than 1400 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows and fields along the Patuxent River. The sanctuary is located in southern Anne Arundel County, just 20 miles from Annapolis. The wetlands, with large stands of aquatic plants, are home to many birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. The Sanctuary is also one of the estuarine sites within the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Maryland — a research and education program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Volunteer Opportunities include collecting water samples, clearing trails, weighing turtles, guiding visitors around the sanctuary, making posters, and more!