Without our volunteers, MRC would be unable to accomplish what we do. Volunteers keep us afloat!
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is working diligently to advocate for, protect, and restore our local rivers; but we can’t do it alone! We count on volunteers to increase our impact in our watersheds.
You don’t have to be a scientist or educator, you just need to share our passion for the environment and have a few (or many) hours to give. Please check out MRC’s volunteer opportunities below, then fill out this form.
Each year, MRC presents the Andy Coombs Volunteer of the Year Award in memory of Andy Coombs (1975-2016), one of our most dedicated volunteers. Click here to see past recipients and donate to the Andy Coombs Memorial Fund.
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Our Rivers Need Your Voice!
When major issues arise on a local and state level that directly affect our rivers it is important to mobilize
and have our voices heard by town, county, and state officials. MRC is seeking members to join our:
Elementary School Program MRC is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to lead our 2nd and 3rd grade “Waste in Our Waterways” classroom lessons. The program includes two in-class lessons that teach kids about pollution, how it ends up in our rivers, and what they can do to prevent it. Teaching experience welcome, but not necessary. Volunteers will receive training in the lesson plans.
Community Event Outreach MRC frequently hosts tables at events such as Waterfowl Festival, Oyster Festivals, and various other local activities. Community events are a great opportunity to spread our mission and share information about current projects and programs . . . plus they are fun! If you like going to local festivities and talking to people, then you may enjoy volunteering for community outreach. MRC will ensure volunteers are well versed in all aspects of our work. Volunteers will be provided with informative materials and interactive games like “Bay Jeopardy” and “Guess How Many Spat.”
Oyster Restoration Native oysters filter and clean water, making them vital for healthy rivers. MRC is looking for volunteer dock owners, or volunteers who have access to a dock, to grow oysters that will be released onto a protected oyster reef. MRC will provide you with oyster spat in cages through the Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program. All you have to do is shake algae off the cage once every two weeks. MRC does the rest! MRC also sponsors an Oyster Float program that offers tax deductions. Learn more about these programs here.
Creekwatchers MRC’s water quality program takes water samples from nine rivers at approximately 115 sites. Testing is done monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly, depending on nutrient concentrations. MRC shares this data with the community, and uses the sampling results to help identify restoration projects. To learn more about the Creekwatchers program click here.
Annual Fundraisers MRC’s annual fundraisers are highly anticipated community events. Tour de Talbot offers 62, 35, and 20 mile bike routes through Talbot and Queen Anne County’s beautiful back roads and riversides. Cinco de Miler is a 5-mile race at Terrapin Nature Park in Stevensville. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival held at the Avalon Theatre, screens award winning environmental short films. The event also features a silent auction and cocktail hour. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after these events.
Community Cleanups The litter that lines roadways and ditches eventually gets washed into our rivers. Every April, MRC coordinates Project Clean Stream, a watershed wide cleanup founded by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. But our rivers deserve to be clean year round!
Volunteers can also help MRC clean up our Adopt-A-Highway stretch of Rt 50 outside of Cambridge. We conduct quarterly cleanups along our dedicated section of highway.
We are always looking for new clean-up opportunities. If you know a site that needs some TLC, MRC will help coordinate a community cleanup or connect you with existing cleanups like Kent Island Beach Cleanups.