There are a variety of ways that you can help the Conservancy and the community. The tasks listed below are the Conservancy’s current volunteer opportunities, if you are interested in one of these tasks fill out the contact form below or email Tom@lmconservancy.org. If you are interested in a specific activity that is not listed, contact Tom and we will work something out.
StreamWatch: Streamkeepers visit a designated stream site once a month to make visual observations, take the temperature of the water, and take photographs of the water, stream banks, riparian vegetation, and any other outstanding features. Streamkeepers begin with a six-month term, which can be extended as long as there is continued interest. The Conservancy currently has one site opening on the East Branch of Indian Creek and two sites on Mill Creek in Bryn Mawr and Gladwyne. The Conservancy is also interested in starting sites on other local streams, particularly the West Branch of Indian Creek at the Remington Road Basin or Penn Wynne Park and Cobbs Creek at Powder Mill Park.
Macroinvertebrate Lab: Every year, the Conservancy takes macroinvertebrate samples in Mill Creek to assess the health of the stream. While the samples are taken over the course of one day, the process of sorting and identifying the samples takes more time. No prior experience is required to come help sort; we will show you how to identify macroinvertebrates to the family level as well as the basics of interpreting the results. We typically sort samples on Tuesday mornings but can adjust if you would rather come on a different day.
Betty Reaves Garden Maintenance: The Betty Reaves garden at the top of Rolling Hill Park struggles with weeds, particularly thistle. We have received invaluable help from groups such as Horizon Community Church, Friends Central School, and Merion Boy Scout Troop during Will Horn’s Eagle Scout Project in the past and are hoping to receive help with weeding from individuals in the future.
Mailings: From time to time the Conservancy sends out large mailings to our members or larger audiences. We could use extra hands to help make sure the mailing is completed as smoothly and quickly as possible. Mailing tasks include stuffing and sealing envelopes, labeling mail, and keeping the pieces of the mailing in order. There is not firm a schedule for mailings but if you are willing to help please let us know.