To volunteer with our Wetlands Restoration program, you'll need to do a little more planning ahead than for our other project areas! Read below to find out what to expect, and then fill out our application and a waiver form and send it over to our Wetlands Volunteer Coordinator at wetlands [at] commongroundrelief.org.
You should expect to get muddy, so wear appropriate clothing. We require all volunteers to wear long pants, preferably not jeans as they become heavy and hot when wet. Volunteers in shorts will not be allowed to plant due to the presence of snakes and insects at our sites. Layers on top are important regardless of the weather that day. If any volunteers have rubber boots, we ask that they bring them if possible, although we will provide boots for those who do not have their own. Hats are also a good idea.
What to Bring:
Make sure that everyone has access to sunscreen because the sun can be very intense no matter the season. Bug spray is also highly recommended. Lunch should be easy to eat with minimal trash if possible. It is very important to stay hydrated, so volunteers should bring plenty of water. To lessen our impact, we ask that volunteers bring reusable water bottles if they have them (Nalgene, etc.).
On the morning of your scheduled project, if it is raining, or if there is a forecast for thunderstorms, THE GROUP WILL DECIDE if the planting will occur. Volunteers are responsible for providing rain gear.