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.

Learn more about the Accokeek Foundation and how volunteers help support our mission. Then complete the online volunteer application. Upon receipt of your application, we’ll contact you to discuss your specific interests and availability. If you have any questions, contact volunteer coordinator Casey Lowe at volunteers@accokeek.org or call 301-283-2113 ext #26. We look forward to having you volunteer with us!

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.

Questions? Contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org

Colonial Farm and Gardens

accokeek foundationColonial Farm and Gardens volunteers will work alongside staff to maintain the gardens on the National Colonial Farm, an historic outdoor museum that demonstrates 18th century agriculture. Stepping back in time, volunteers will channel creative ingenuity to utilize traditional agriculture techniques in order to maintain culturally diverse gardens of the past. Among the demonstration areas are the Kitchen Garden, the Museum Garden (Garden of Three Continents), and Cate’s Garden, each with unique stories to tell.

Responsibilities may include:

  • During the growing season: planting, weeding, watering, pest management, harvesting, and seed saving.
  • During the off-season: starting seed, prepping beds, caring for seedlings, planning for the season.
Livestock Farmhand

Livestock Farmhand: Spend your Saturday mornings preserving rare and heritage livestock breeds. Cows, and hogs, and sheep–Oh My!

If you love animals and would like to spend a few hours each week working on the farm, join the Livestock Farmhands volunteer team on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm or Thursday mornings 8 am to 12 pm to assist with the successful management of our Heritage Livestock Program. Volunteers will work closely with staff members to help feed, clean the barn, repair livestock fencing, clear brush, maintain pasture and barnyard areas, and more.

Livestock Farmhands also assist the livestock team during lambing and calving season, help with spring sheep shearing, and assist in the fall at the Charles County Fair. The animals we manage as part of our program are: American Milking Devon Cattle, Black Turkeys, Hog Island Sheep, Ossabaw Hogs, and various heritage chickens including Buckeyes. No previous experience is necessary to join, but volunteers must be comfortable around large animals and animals with horns.

*Volunteers must be 18 years or older to join the Livestock Farmhands.

Stitch 'n Time

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!

Stitch ‘n Time is a volunteer based textiles club where members enjoy learning about the cultivation of wool and cotton, and colonial textiles.

Volunteers meet on the second Saturday of every month from 1-4 pm, in addition to completing at-home volunteer projects between meetings. Each meeting is themed, and will focus on a particular task or step in the processing of wool from the foundation’s Hog Island sheep flock.

Hog Island sheep are a critically endangered breed of sheep with 16771124827_566a209ea1_mless than 200 sheep registered in the US each year. Products produced by the Stitch ‘n Time club are sold to support the foundation’s Heritage breed preservation program.

Volunteers are expected to regularly attend monthly meetings and contribute to fiber processing to the best of their abilities.

2016 meeting themes are as follows:

  • February 13: “Heart-felt:” Needle felting
  • March 12: Mending and Tending: Colonial clothing fixes for the Boltons
  • April 9: Spring Cleaning: Wool and equipment inventory
  • May 7 (1st Saturday): Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival field trip
  • June 11: Wool washing
    July 9: Picking and Carding
  • August 13: Spinning Yarns: Wheels and drop spindlesDSC_0531
  • September 10: Dye Day
  • October 8: Knit Happens
  • November 12: Crochet Soiree
  • December 3 (1st Saturday): Sheepapalooza Holiday Party

Qualifications
No previous experience is needed. We accept both experienced and novice fiber artists interested in: sewing, knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and felting. The club has some equipment and notions available for check out (ex. wheels, spindles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, hand carders, wool combs, etc.), but encourages volunteers with their own to bring them along or use them at home.

Ecosystem Farm Workshare Volunteer Corps

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

The Accokeek Foundation is seeking workshare volunteers for the growing season. If you are interested in the principles of sustainable agriculture and farm market operations, and are able to commit to 2 – 4 hours per week, then join the Ecosystem Farm Workshare Corps. As a workshare corps volunteer, you will receive a weekly share of produce in exchange for the opportunity to be stewards of the land, and working on a nonprofit, educational farm operation as you learn about growing produce, raising chickens and egg production, permaculture, and farming sustainably.

Workshare opportunities include:

  • Field Crew – Field Crew volunteers will help with field prep, sowing seed, setting irrigation, weed management, and general farm tasks. This opportunity is ideal for someone who enjoys physical work and getting dirty, and is eager to learn about principles of sustainable agriculture such as seasonality, permaculture, and propagation from cuttings.

Scheduling: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; Friday morning, and Saturday morning(please note: times vary throughout growing season)

  • Market Crew – Market Crew volunteers will help farm staff at on- or off-site markets with set-up and breakdown, greeting customers, and processing payments. Knowledge about farm produce, and cooking and eating seasonally is ideal, but not required.

Scheduling: First Saturday of each month, 8 am-3 pm.

Special Ops Team

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!

dave united way doc volunteersWant to volunteer for a local organization, but your schedule doesn’t allow for a weekly time commitment? Join the Accokeek Foundation’s Special Ops volunteer team!

New this year, the Special Ops volunteer team is a group of volunteers that will help the foundation complete special “missions” throughout the year. Missions will include park maintenance projects, event support, educational program support, and much more!

We’ll be calling on the Special Ops team when we have a special project or event that we volunteer maryland volunteers ecofarm 2014need volunteer support for. When you receive these “mission requests,” you’ll have the chance to review the details of the project and decide whether or not you would like to participate. There will be a couple missions each month, so there will be chances for you to volunteer all throughout the year.

 

 

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

If you have already been assigned to a volunteer position, you can access your VicNet volunteer portal here: Volunteer Information Center .

Use your User Name and password to sign in to manage your schedule, sign up for shifts, track your hours, and keep your information up-to-date. You can also access important volunteer documents such as the handbook, orientation video, and waiver forms.

If you have any trouble logging-in, contact Casey Lowe at clowe@accokeek.org.