The Accokeek Foundation offers unique opportunities for volunteers who want to be a part of preserving the cultural history, natural resources, and agriculture of Southern Maryland.
With the support of more than 200 volunteers each year, the Foundation offers engaging and educational programs to the community. Volunteers work alongside staff members to help steward and maintain Piscataway Park, provide event and program support, and engage the community.
Whether you just want to volunteer for the day, or are looking for a regular volunteer position, we have opportunities to fit all interests and skill levels.
Before You Volunteer
Check out our upcoming volunteer events and current volunteer positions listed at the bottom of this page and learn about what it takes to be a volunteer at the Accokeek Foundation by reading our Volunteer Handbook. Then fill out our New Volunteer Form and send it, along with any questions you have, to the Volunteer Coordinator.
New volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation before becoming a regular volunteer. Orientations will be held on the first Saturday of every month starting at 1:30 pm, and will also be offered by appointment during the week. To sign-up or schedule an orientation, please contact Casey Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways You Can Help
Whether you are interested in volunteering as an individual, part of a group or corporation, or a student seeking service-learning credit, there is something for everyone!
- Trail maintenance/Adopt-a-Trail Program
- Potomac River shoreline clean up
- Bluebird monitoring
- Gardening and native plant landscaping
- Livestock and pasture care
- Heritage textile arts (knitting, spinning, wool washing)
- Foodways (cooking and food prep)
- Colonial interpretation and education
- Public events and visitor services
- Administrative support
Student Service Learning
The Accokeek Foundation is an approved student service learning site with the Prince George’s and Charles County school systems, offering volunteer opportunities for earned service-learning credit hours. Whether volunteering as an individual or within a group, students enjoy learning about history, agriculture, and environmental sustainability. Note: Volunteers under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian accompany them while volunteering on site.
Corporate and Group Volunteering
Volunteering is a great team-building activity. Corporate and civic organizations have participated in group projects such as tree planting, shoreline and trail maintenance, hoop house construction at the Ecosystem Farm, and special projects at the National Colonial Farm. The Accokeek Foundation also participates as a host organization for the annual Charles County United Way Day of Caring event.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER EVENTS:
CURRENT VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:
Adopt-A-Trail Program: Interested in stewardship, conservation, and hiking? Adopting a trail may be a perfect volunteer fit!
18th Century Crop Master: For history and agriculture buffs alike, this position combines the two in a way that is uniquely Accokeek.
Livestock Farmhand: Spend your Saturday mornings preserving rare and heritage livestock breeds. Cows, and hogs, and sheep–Oh My!
Green Thumb: Whether you’re a true Green Thumb, or a brand new gardener, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a morning spent digging in the dirt.
Stitch ‘n Time: From sheep to skein, learn (or share your expertise) to pick, wash, card, dye, spin, knit, and crochet heritage wool. We sew colonial clothing too!
Ecosystem Farm Assistants: Learn about sustainable agriculture and growing your own food by volunteering on the Ecosystem Farm! We need Harvest Helpers, Market Assistants, and Farm Assistants to ensure the success of the On-Farm Market!