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 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 at 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.
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. Volunteers will again be needed in the spring.
Interns: 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. To learn more about internships at D&R Greenway contact Emily Blackman.
New Jersey Trail Association
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the winter for trail building and construction during the weekends. The work takes place on preserved lands in central New Jersey and training is provided. Youth and adults ages 17-81 work together to create and blaze trails that will withstand time, use and the elements. To volunteer on Saturday and/or Sundays (usually in the mornings) - click here.
Volunteer opportunities are also available to people who enjoy writing and researching the history of a park area or parcel of land. If you are interested in writing a trail guide for a favorite walking trail, send an e-mail to D&R Greenway - click here.
D&R Greenway is a partner of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team.
Stewardship of Preserved Lands
Preserving the land is just the first step. Each parcel that has been preserved and in D&R Greenway ownership or management requires care and nurturing. Stewardship often includes trail building, ecological restoration, educational outreach, and tree planting.