Thank you so much for you and your group's interest in volunteering with Duke Farms! Volunteers are incredibly important to our organization, helping us achieve far more than we could on our own. We greatly appreciate your enthusiasm for what we do and are excited to involve you in it!
One of the primary goals of Duke Farms is to provide healthy habitat for our region's native flora and fauna. Therefore, the volunteer opportunities we offer visiting groups almost always involve habitat restoration, which - depending on the season and the needs of our Natural Resources & Agroecology department at the time - include the removal of invasive plant material/hedgerows or the installation of native plant species.
Typically, volunteer groups arrive in the morning, work for half the day, then end in time for lunch at about noon. We encourage groups to spend the afternoon enjoying the property.
What We Provide:
A general orientation about Duke Farms (approx. 15 minutes)
OPTIONAL: An informal educational seminar (approx. 30 minutes) to be given before or after completion of your group's volunteer service project. You can specify your preferences regarding the seminar below
All tools needed to complete the project
TecNu, a product that helps to remove poison ivy oil and prevent rashes
Drinking water and compostable cups
We highly recommend that volunteers wear hats, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks that they can tuck their pants into, and comfortable, closed-toe shoes, as service projects always take place outside, more often than not in natural areas where prolonged sun exposure, thorny vegetation, poison ivy/oak/sumac, mosquitos, and ticks should be expected/may be encountered.
* Please do not bring single-use plastic water bottles. Americans purchase about 50 billion of these water bottles each year, and less than a quarter of them are recycled.
* Pending approval from the Volunteer Coordinator, your group may bring bagged lunch - or you can make use of our café! Please contact Visitor Services Coordinator Debbie Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on food choices and pricing. Remember that Duke Farms has a "carry in, carry out" policy in reference to garbage.
* Duke Farms requires that all volunteers sign a waiver. The Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with this waiver. Have each volunteer print out and sign the waiver prior to the service project, and bring it with them on the day of.
* We require that you register with Duke Farm at least three weeks prior to your visit to ensure an enjoyable and educational experience.
Please direct any additional questions or concerns to Sara DiVito, the Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com.