Nature-Based Volunteer Opportunities
Farm & Wildlife: With over 200 animals requiring daily care, the Sam and Myra Ross Farm & Wildlife Center provides numerous volunteer opportunities. Assist our students in caring for sheep, goats, camels and other farm animals under the supervision of Green Chimneys’ staff. Or learn to care for hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey and wildlife – help with feeding, training and general maintenance and care. Choose between our Upper Barn (farm animals), the Wildlife Center (birds of prey and other wildlife) or weekend positions as guides on farm tours for the public.
Equine Program: Volunteers in the Green Chimneys Horse Barn help care for our horses, including feeding and turnout and assisting instructors and students during riding, driving and vocational services.
Horticulture, Farm & Garden: Lovers of plants and gardening are a perfect fit for our Educational School Garden and Boni-Bel Farm, with acres of vegetable and flower gardens, two greenhouses and more. Help with seasonal chores and training classes, assist our students in caring for plants and gardens, learn how to make honey and maple syrup and become an expert in sustainable and organic farming.
Model Forest Program: The Clearpool Model Forest is a growing hub for sustainable land management and water quality protection located on our 350-acre campus in Carmel, NY. Programs focus on both traditional land management practices, such as habitat restoration and invasive management, and conservation science like wildlife monitoring and chestnut revival. Volunteer opportunities are available in stewardship, management and research in the forest and provide a great way to gain valuable skills working in the conservation field.
Volunteers are our lifeblood, and Green Chimneys has so many opportunities for those who want to "give back to the community" through volunteer work with kids, tending to gardens, and supporting animal rescue and care. Volunteering is a way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain insight, grow personally and build a better society for everyone.