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Help the Friends

Friends need your help with tasks large and small. Whether you have a couple of hours to offer once in a while or several hours on a weekly basis we welcome your help, talent and skills.

We particularly need help with the following tasks, but feel free to contact us if you have other skills you'd like to volunteer. Unless noted, please email us if you'd like to help!

  • Volunteer to help with our Nature Store — assist with managing the store and for staffing on weekends. Weekend staffing slots are available as full shifts (10AM - 4PM) and half shifts (10AM - 1PM and 1PM - 4PM). Some management tasks can be done from home. Just one day a month would be a tremendous help! Please contact Paula Goodwin at for more information.
  • Invasive Plant Removal on the Refuge with Assabet Pulling Together. Please email if you can help.
  • Organize/Oversee educational programs for adults/children – we’d welcome your ideas!
  • Lead or coordinate nature walks – share your knowledge!
  • Lead bicycle or snowshoe events – share your passion!
  • Help with grant applications including concept development, application writing, follow-up reports. There are many opportunities to explore.
  • Assist with outreach:
    • Coordinate Community Events such as Hudson Fest, Maynard Farmer’s Market, Earth Days at Lincoln Labs
    • Coordinate Refuge Events such as monthly meetings, nature walks, art classes, the possibilities are endless!
    • Write articles for our website. If we can establish flow of aterial, it would be great to have a FARNWR Facebook page.
  • Assist with membership:
    • Help Screen Volunteers – chat with people interested in volunteering. No cold calls.
    • Membership Mailings and Database – Computer skills appreciated. We use MailChimp and Access.
  • Assist with Financial Audits – We need a qualified volunteer to audit our accounts.

Assistance at the Visitor Center

If you are interested in coordinating or assisting in any of our key program areas which include:

  • Staffing the Nature Store
  • Staffing the Front Desk at the Center.

Please email us if you'd like to help!

Assistance in Key Program Areas

If you are interested in coordinating or assisting in any of our key program areas which include:

  • Environmental education
  • Citizen science
  • Birding
  • Wildflowers
  • Invasive plant control
  • Refuge History
  • Trail Maintenance
  • In-refuge bicycling
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Nature Appreciation through Art
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Family Activities
  • Special Events such as information booths for town fairs, farmers markets.

Please email us if you'd like to help!

Help with Administrative Tasks

If you enjoy coordinating and assisting in:

  • Public relations
  • Outreach
  • Membership
  • Writing Grant Applications
  • Financial Planning and Management

Please email us if you'd like to help!