FRIENDS VOLUNTEERS CORPS

Volunteer

The Friends of NCTC sponsors monthly volunteering opportunities. These events support land management’s effort for conservation and cultivation of native ecology. Each occasion is designed to better that natural flora and fauna around campus. A  list of upcoming events and descriptions for each type of event can be found below. 

Please join us in making a difference.

Contact us about volunteering at info@friendsofnctc.org

FRIENDS OF NCTC EXISTING AND PROPOSED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS:       

  •      Land management:

Forest Restoration
Native Plant Landscaping

 NCTC Annual Deer Hunt: provide support

  •       Eagle Cam: financial support for maintenance and repair
  •       Conservation Lecture Series: now monthly and virtual, through NCTC’s Facebook page
  •       Fallen Comrades Courtyard: Manage donations and orders for bricks
  •       Travel Funds: sponsor travel for FWS and Fisheries volunteers to take NCTC classes, both on and off campus. This includes applying for and administering grants
  •       ACFF: sponsor award and travel for Student Film winner
  •       Kayak trips: sponsor weekly, seasonal kayak trips for NCTC students and Friends members
  •       Summer Internships: support two summer internships for Shepherd University students

NEW INITIATIVES:

  • Docent Tours: Develop trained volunteers to lead tours of NCTC Archives and Campus
  • Off-Campus Tours: Arrange and sponsor tours to local historic sites for NCTC students
  • Online Films: link to conservation films from NCTC to be viewed through our website
  • Elementary Environmental Education Tours: Friends sponsored and led tours of Campus for elementary school students
  • Eagle Cam school partnerships: Develop programs to bring the Eagle cam into local elementary schools
  • Back Pack project: Develop trained volunteers to share archives items with local school children                                                
  • Children’s weekly contests: Online backyard nature program
  • Shepherd University:
     Develop NCTC staff lectures at SU
     Career Fair: Have NCTC, FWS or DOI represented at SU career fair

     Special Event: Host SU students, staff and employees at a special event on campus

 Description of Activities

Forest Restoration

Facilitating native flora is a vital component to ensuring a healthy ecosystem. The forest restoration program aims to regain lost, wooded habitat. Tree species are chosen by land management because of their benefit to native fauna. Not only will the forest provide safety through cover, the edibility of these species serves as an additional incentive to foster a healthy community.

We desire help with:

  • Preparation

  • Planting

  • Tree and Shrub Maintenance

  • Deer Protection

  • Pruning

Native Plant Landscaping

Native Plant Landscaping can be implemented in various ways; however, the most frequent activity for volunteers is helping with pollinator gardens. Pollinator gardens, composed of native flora, serve as excellent habitats for local pollinators. Similarly to forest restoration, pollinator gardens provides shelter and diet to these specific fauna.  

We desire assistance in:

  • Site Preparation

  • Planting

  • Maintenance

Invasive Plant Control

Invasives, foreign species that spread unrelentlessly, alter native ecosystems. These species, if left unchecked, can overrun a habitat and out-compete natives. Land management aims to identify, regulate, and remove these species to minimize their effect. 

We desire help with: 

  • Detection and Mapping

  • Control

Prescribed Burning

Prescribed burning contributes to both native plant landscaping and invasive control. Through this process, native grassland habitats can be maintained. The soil becomes rejuvenated, encroaching forest species and invasives are removed allowing for improved growth of grassland species. 

We desire help involving: 

  • Site Preparation

  • Post-burn Clean-up 

Annual Deer Hunt

Without natural predators, deer populations can run rampant. The responsibility to maintain the deer population below its natural carrying capacity falls on us. Land management implemented this program to maintain a healthy deer population.

We desire aid in: 

  • Preparation of tree stands, trails, and stand sites (September-October)

  • Decommission of tree stands (January- March)



(More descriptions coming soon).


Thank you for your time and contribution. 




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