Black-capped chickadee

Volunteer Opportunities

Since every member of ASC is a volunteer, we obviously need to make use of the diverse skills that our members have. We encourage everyone to join in to plan, teach, paint, pull weeds, draw, or whatever you like. As you join others, you will likely surprise yourself and learn new skills. It’s all for the benefit of our community and the birds, wildlife, and habitats that are so important to protect.

Education Team

We present programs, activities, and games to school children and other groups. Tasks include planning a program, creating customized activities, gathering information, finding supplies, transporting materials, setting up and dismantling the activity, and staffing. You can be a part of any or all of these tasks. Use your creativity to plan fun games with a conservation theme. Are you an artist? How about drawing a picture wheel of important pollinators for children to color? We can show you how to be an effective communicator who can inspire compassion in audiences of any age!

Contact Teri at engbring(at)gmail.com

science night
It’s a night to explore lots of science at Franklin School in Corvallis.
insect activities
Volunteers Kendra Deltoro and Mateo Garcia fascinate all ages with facts about insects.

Hesthavn – In with the Good, Out with the Bad

tending native garden
Volunteer Ann Brodie waters and weeds the native plant garden at Hesthavn.
Canada thistle
Canada thistle looks pretty in bloom, but it is an invasive perennial.

Hesthavn has undergone an amazing transformation since it was donated to ASC. The former horse pasture is returning to its native plant roots, and the greenery is free to proliferate. However, that means maintenance year-round. The Nature Center, born as a horse barn, was renovated but also requires regular upkeep. Two work parties are scheduled each month with some specific goals, but if more people arrive to help, other chores are waiting on the sidelines. The work parties are listed on the What’s Up section on the home page. Combined with the efforts of other volunteers, you can pull together to help return an impaired site back to nature! Contact Ray at raydrapek(at)gmail.com

 

pulling Canada thistle
Matt Lee wins a small battle with Canada thistle at a Hesthavn work party

 

Characteristics of Noxious Weeds

                  • Produce many seeds
                  • Successful dispersal strategies
                  • Sexual and asexual reproduction
                  • Grow faster and mature earlier than natives
                  • Lack natural predators
                  • HARD TO KILL!

~ Benton County SWCD