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 can work out a different plan.
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 Penn Wynne Park, Cobbs Creek at Powder Mill Park, and the unnamed tributary to Cobbs Creek in Wynnewood Valley 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 Pollinator Garden at the top of Rolling Hill Park requires periodic weeding to combat thistle and other aggressive non-native plants. Groups such as Horizon Community Church, Friends Central School, Merion Boy Scout Troop, and Specialty Audit Services have cleared unwanted vegetation in the past to help native plants thrive and attract pollinators.
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 efficiently. The tasks that go completing into a mailing include stuffing and sealing envelopes, labeling mail, and keeping the mail organized. There is not firm a schedule for mailings but if you are willing to help please let us know.