at The Clifton Institute
at The Clifton Institute
We could not accomplish our mission without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
We are recruiting volunteers for the projects listed below.
We need your help to plant trees and shrubs along the streams in our 100 acre grassland in the first two weeks of October 2018. This field has been used as cattle pasture for the last several years and we are undertaking a major project to restore it to a native grassland. Establishing a riparian buffer along the streams through the field will be an essential component to cleaning the water, preventing erosion, and providing habitat for animals. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be outside, to meet fellow environmentalists from the community, and to learn about the restoration and natural history of native grasslands.
We need your help to control invasive Autumn Olive, Tree-of-heaven, Oriental Bittersweet, and Japanese Honeysuckle. These species provide inferior habitat for animals and they crowd out native plants. Exotic plants thrive at Clifton (as they do across the Piedmont) because of the property’s long history of disturbance.
Invasive species control is a great way to get to see the 900-acre property, meet fellow environmentalists in your community, and make a difference for our native biodiversity.
We are looking for volunteer Education Assistants to work with our team of educators to run our environmental education programs. We offer outdoor experiential learning programs for K-12 students in our area.
Our week-long day camps consist of morning hikes, lunch preparation, and afternoon crafts and games.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more about the natural history of our area, to get experience with outdoor experiential education, and to spend time outside on our beautiful field station.
Scheduling is flexible with programs offered mornings and afternoons throughout the year.
We need help conducting butterfly and dragonfly surveys the second Tuesday of every month through early fall. Our goal is to monitor the effects of our grassland restoration project and to teach the public about these fascinating insects.
The surveys involve walking three miles on hilly terrain, and some of the survey is done in an active cattle pasture.
On every fourth Saturday we do more casual butterfly walks that are better for people who are looking for a short stroll.
Nature enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome to join surveys or walks. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders.