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Our One Day Volunteer Opportunities are always changing, so please check back frequently to see what’s new and learn how to get involved!

Festivals and Special Events

Interested in helping with crafts, crowd management, and greeting visitors? Come help us out during one of our festivals or special events occurring throughout the year. To view our event calendar please click here.

Calling All Volunteers for CRABULOUS CRAB DAY on Friday, July 13!

Crabby Crafts & Prize Table
9:15am-3:00pm
10-12 Volunteers Requested

Volunteers will be helping people to create various crab crafts, which consist of hermit crab salad spinner, fiddler crab headbands, and shell crabs! All supplies and materials will be provided and it is the job of the volunteers to guide people through the crafts and supervise. As children win “Crabby Bucks” during their activities, they may redeem their winnings for prizes at the prize table

Crabbing 101 / You Pick Crabbing Tournament
9:45am-12:00pm
8 Volunteers Requested

Children and families will learn how to use hand lines to catch crabs at our dock. Volunteers will be helping at the deck with teaching people to use hand lines and ensuring that everybody moves around the dock safely. For this activity no crabbing experience is required! There are certificates that will be given out at the Awards Ceremony and volunteers should help participants to try and reach the specific goals to receive these certificates.

For those not interested in the catching of the larger crabs, they will have the opportunity of participating in a fiddler crab catching contest. Volunteers will be supervising people down by the water and showing the safest and quickest way to catch a fiddler crab. Awards will be given out for the smallest fiddler crab, the biggest fiddler crab, and the most fiddler crabs caught.

Crab Games
10:00am-3:00 pm
6 Volunteers Requested

Assist the interns and staff with some crabby games such as fiddler crab showdown, fiddler crab races, blue claw crab bag toss, scavenger hunt, and I Spy crabs edition.

Crab Cake Cook-off
12:30 pm-3:15 pm
5 Volunteers Requested

Volunteers are responsible to help warm up crab cakes, making platters, cutting crab cakes, and any other preparations before the taste-test is to begin. At 1:45 we need volunteers to hand out plates, silverware, and crab cakes.

Photography

Storytelling through photos and video helps us to engage supporters. We need high quality photos and video footage for fundraising, advertising and in our annual report for example.  Have an eye for photo composition and a good camera? Come capture the impact of our programs through photography or video during one of our festivals or special events. To view our event calendar please click here.

reTURN the Favor Walk Participant

Horseshoe Crabs commonly become stranded on our local Delaware Bay beaches during the spring spawning season. Join The Wetlands Institute on a public walk to help save these stranded horseshoe crabs on a local beach. To sign-up for reTURN the Favor public walk please click here.

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys

Interested in seeing and learning about the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in the world? Come join Institute scientists for a nighttime horseshoe crab spawning survey in May or June to count the crabs spawning along the Delaware Bay. For further information and to sign-up for a horseshoe crab spawning survey please click here.

Beach Sweeps

Every spring and fall The Wetlands Institute partners with Clean Ocean Action, the Borough of Stone Harbor, and the Stone Harbor Property Owners Association to clean the local beaches of Stone Harbor.These beach clean-ups are open to all ages. No advance sign up is required for this event; simply meet at the 95th Street beach entrance on the day of the event to participate. Garbage bags, gloves, and datasheets are provided to all volunteers.

2016 Beach Sweeps: April 30 and October 22 from 9 am -12 pm.

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Work Days

The Wetlands Institute is working in cooperation with the Borough of Stone Harbor and the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Committee to remove invasive plant species from the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary to improve habitat for a variety of bird species. Click here to learn more about this effort and to see when the next work days are scheduled.