For 32 years, volunteers managed ACRES Land Trust.

Today, this spirit of community service is alive and well here at ACRES. With only six staff members supporting our work in 32 counties full time, we rely on volunteer support to serve our community.

Volunteers are essential to our work managing land, sharing the trails and connecting with folks who choose to be a part of this living legacy.

Ways to drop-in to volunteer

If you’d like to support ACRES with your own hands, but don’t wish to apply as a volunteer, you can join one of our monthly Preserve Workdays or host your own.

Monthly preserve workdays | You can work the land with your own hands, together with like-minded community servants. You do not need to apply to be a volunteer to participate in workdays. Simply show up and jump in, following quick training.

Host your own workday | If you are part of a group (a youth group, club, church, friends, co-workers, extended family, etc) who would like to set up a workday of your own, please contact Kelly Shepherd, our outreach specialist.

Joining the volunteer team

If you’d like to commit to serving ACRES more frequently, this option is for you. You can become a part of the volunteer team by requesting more information and an application from Tina Puitz, our office and volunteer manager.

ACRES Volunteer Application

Your application will help you find your fit with ACRES. You can choose from the following ongoing volunteer opportunities:

Preserve monitoring | Regularly walk a preserve, picking up trash, clearing light debris from the trails and letting staff know of hazardous conditions.

Share the Trails hike leader | Love the trails? Enjoy giving good customer-service? Be a part of our Share the Trails team, guiding casual hikes through preserves. You will participate in training and receive support as part of this program for preserve enthusiasts.

Event and program support | You can lend your customer-service skills to programs and events from the October Barn Series to our Annual Member Meeting.

Leaflet distribution and support | Join our quarterly party! On a seasonal basis, you can gather with a group of volunteers to place membership envelopes in our leaflet. You can also inquire about distributing the leaflet to shops and libraries in your area.

Preserve stewardship | You can actively participate in trail maintenance on your favorite preserve.

Native landscaping | You can help with the native plant beds at the ACRES Office.

Regular opportunities | With you application, you can also choose to receive periodic emails as one-time volunteer opportunities become available.

View upcoming Volunteer Events & Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in investing your time, skills and energy into protecting land!