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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 almost 500 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 the 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 the Volunteer Handbook. Then fill out the New Volunteer Form and send it, along with any questions you have, to the Volunteer Coordinator, Casey Lowe. Once we receive your forms, we’ll be in touch to match you with an opportunity and set up an orientation session.

Watch our New Volunteer Orientation Video below to learn more:

Thank you to volunteer Lamar Weaver for creating this orientation video!

 

Additional Ways to get Involved:

Professional and Pro-Bono Volunteers
Interested in honing your professional skills and building your resume while supporting the foundation? Let us know about your skills and experience and we may have volunteer projects that can put those skills and experience to work.

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.

Boy and Girl Scouts
Are you a boy or girl scout looking for a troop service opportunity or an Eagle/Gold project? We can work with you or your troop on service projects designed to fit your interests!

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:

Saturday, August 22: Mornings on the Ecosystem Farm

Sunday, August 23: Crop Masters-Sunday Funday Edition

Saturday, August 29: Mornings on the Ecosystem Farm

Saturday, September 5: Service Saturday–Sweet Potato Harvest

Saturday, September 12: Stitch ‘n Time Meeting

*Please e-mail Casey Lowe at volunteers@accokeek.org for more information or to volunteer for any of the above 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!

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 Workshare Volunteer Corps: Learn about sustainable agriculture and growing your own food by volunteering on the foundation’s 8-acre certified organic Ecosystem Farm!

Green Thumbs: Got a Green Thumb? Or would you someday like to have a Green Thumb? Spend your mornings in the Museum Garden with the volunteer Green Thumbs!

Special Ops Team: Want to help out on a regular basis, but can’t commit to a weekly schedule? Join Special Ops and become part of an elite team of volunteers that complete special missions throughout the year!