Weekend Trail Volunteers:
For people who are interested in working on trail building and are available on weekends for this there is a crew under the leadership of D&R Greenway Board Chairman, Alan Hershey who work most weekends—sometimes on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday—from 9:00am until about noon. It does not matter if you are young or old, male or female—or even if you are weak or strong, there is a welcome mat for you. All you need is the proper shoes for working outside and a good pair of gardening gloves and Alan will supply all the other tools. If you would like to build trails on weekends contact Alan Hershey.
Wednesday Morning Volunteer Crew:
Emily Blackman from D&R Greenway’s stewardship staff leads volunteers from 9am-12pm on most Wednesdays. They work on trail building, trail maintenance, and ecological restoration of the Greenway-owned preserves. This crew works on several different sites in the course of a year and volunteers learn to identify native and alien invasive plants, the dynamics of the natural world and the pleasure of working on a good cause with like-minded people. If this kind of opportunity appeals to you, please contact Emily Blackman or call 609.924.4646.
Corporations that have community service programs often come out and help the D&R Greenway land stewards on projects. These can be half day or full day projects, depending on the corporate needs. If you or your company would like to participate in this program, please contact Emily Blackman or call 609.924.4646.
Urban Projects Volunteers:
Diana Raichel, D&R Greenway’s conservation biologist, works on special stewardship projects in Trenton and Bordentown and from time to time takes on large projects that utilize volunteers. If you are interested in helping us in Trenton and Bordentown please contact Diana Raichel or call 609.924.4646.
D&R Greenway is currently working on an ecological restoration project in Trenton's historic Cadwalader Park to improve the quality of water entering the Delaware River and increase biodiversity in this highly urbanized area. We have now completed the earthwork necessary to improve the stream hydrology and are now preparing to establish native plant communities in wetland creation areas.
Native Plant Nursery Volunteers:
Over two dozen Native Nursery Volunteers work and learn together, collecting and cleaning seeds, propagating and separating seedlings, and potting up and caring for mature plants. Nursery Volunteers also staff our Spring and Fall Plant Sales, and act as educators and ambassadors on behalf of native plants and ecosystems.
Volunteers are taught appropriate horticultural techniques and become knowledgeable about wild plants of our region. No prior experience or expertise is necessary.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Emily Blackman or call 609-924-4646.
D&R Greenway Land Trust has internship programs for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the area of ecology, planning, conservation biology, botany and other subject areas. The first internship was established in memory of Neil Upmeyer, a member of the Board of Trustees of D&R Greenway Land Trust for 14 years, serving as Chairman from January 1998 to December 2001. Under his leadership, D&R Greenway Land Trust greatly expanded its capacity to preserve land. Greenway Meadows Park in Princeton is but one of the many significant properties protected under his leadership.
Summer 2015 Interns
Lauren Upadhyay (left) and Brionna Primiani, both undergraduates at Rutgers University in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Click here to read about our 2012 Charles Evans Conservation Leader Intern,
Background of the Charles Evans Conservation Leaders Award: Read press release announcing the award in 2010.
Background of the Upmeyer Internship:
In Neil Upmeyer's memory, D&R Greenway Land Trust has established The Upmeyer Internship in Land Preservation & Stewardship at the Johnson Education Center. Spearheaded by his good friend Jim Amon and funded by the generosity of Neil's friends and colleagues, the Upmeyer Internship is made available to graduate and
undergraduate college students. Under the guidance of an advisor, the intern will
dedicate 100 hours to a
project in land preservation or stewardship. The intern's final report will be presented in a public forum at the Johnson Education Center. The intern receives a stipend and an invitation to attend all educational programs at the Johnson Education Center for a year.
This living legacy creates the next generation of land preservationists to follow in Neil's footsteps. Every Upmeyer intern is given an experience that we hope will transfer Neil Upmeyer's generosity, dedication, insight, and leadership to a new generation of environmental leaders.