Get involved by volunteering your time and energy at Tanglewood Nature Center! We have a variety of options for volunteers, from education to cleaning, from animal care to committee work.
We accept volunteers of all ages! Volunteers under the age of 15 need to bring an adult with them (parent, older sibling, etc). Volunteers 15-18 can volunteer by themselves in non-hazardous roles like animal care, gift shop help, and as Counselors-in-Training during summer camp. The health department requires CITs to have turned 15 before camp begins.
We can occasionally schedule group volunteering sessions for outdoor work like trail and garden maintenance, or for indoor work like our major fundraising events and for mailings. Please contact Bridget to discuss what your group would like to do!
Court-ordered community service:
At this time, we do not accept court-ordered community service hours.
A few notes on animal care volunteering: feeding, cleaning, and socializing with our animals is a very popular volunteer task. Animal care positions may not be available right away - we tend to have positions open seasonally, as college semesters end or as high school students go back to school in the fall. If this is something you are passionate about, please feel welcome to check back in at another point in the year to see if spaces are available. Animal care volunteering does have some limitations based on species - only dedicated, conscientious, long-term and Curator-approved volunteers may get to work with the birds of prey, for instance. Our raptor policy is here.
Thank you for your interest in completing your Eagle Scout project for Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum. We occasionally have appropriate projects ready for Eagle Scouts to take on. To see if we have a project available that suits your talents and hobbies, please contact Bridget, who is the Volunteer Coordinator.
Tanglewood asks each Eagle Scout to read and sign our Eagle Scout contract, linked here for your reference. A few highlights:
Projects are approved on a first-come, first-served basis. After the Scout has been offered a project idea, it is essential that the Scout contact the Volunteer Coordinator within one month of the offer to either accept or decline. If the Scout does not meet this deadline, the project will be offered to others.
Once a Scout has accepted a project, the Scout needs to submit a typed project proposal to the Volunteer Coordinator within 90 days of their acceptance. The proposal must include: a description of the project; a timeline for carrying out the plan; a proposed date of project completion; a list of funding sources; any sketches, drawings, or inspiration photos. This proposal is subject to review and feedback from the Volunteer Coordinator and other Tanglewood staff.
As a last note for Scouts interested in their Eagle Scout project: please be aware that the Volunteer Coordinator is not available for drop-in visits. Please email or call to schedule all meetings.