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Volunteer Support 

Volunteers provide valuable support in a variety of ways at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. By donating time, labor and TLC our volunteers help maintain our high standards on the trails, in the gardens and throughout the facility. Volunteers also supplement our staff by assisting with classes, programs and summer camps. This ensures every child experiences nature in a safe and nurturing environment.

REI Donation PhotoJoin the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs

The Friends of Hemlock Bluffs is our support organization providing funds, advertising and volunteers to help us meet our conservation mission. An all-volunteer board works throughout the year to support our programs, implement fundraising efforts and organize special "Friends" events. All proceeds earned by the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs benefit our environmental programs, conservation projects and events. Members receive a 10% discount on nature center programs. To join this important group, contact the Stevens Nature Center to receive an application form or come visit!

Volunteer Workday PhotoBrochure and Scheduled Volunteer Workdays

Check out our regularly scheduled Volunteer Workdays listed in the Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Program Guides. Register in advance as these workdays have limited spaces and they fill up fast! You may also contact the Stevens Nature Center at (919) 387-5980 for more information on our scheduled Volunteer Workdays.

 

 

Long-Term Volunteer Projects

Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout Candidates and advanced Girl Scouts have provided some of the most enduring and valuable projects located in the preserve. From wildlife nest boxes, bulletin boards and step improvements, to handrail replacements, scout projects have improved Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve for our wildlife and human visitors alike. Scouts seeking a project and wishing to complete one at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve should call the Stevens Nature Center at (919) 387-5980 or email Beth Wilson at beth.wilson@townofcary.org. Planning should begin early due to a high demand for projects.

 

Wildflower Watering ProgramWildflower Watering Club Volunteer Program

The Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve provides watering cans for you and your child to water plants in our native wildflower gardens. Each session includes a wildflower water club giveaway. This is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your child outside, while instilling the importance of volunteering at an early age. This volunteer program is for 2-5 year olds with a caregiver. Volunteer sessions take place every third Thursday, March through October. Registration is required. To register, call (919) 387-5980.