The volunteers who donate their time, skills and energy to D&R Greenway Land Trust contribute to the high quality of life we enjoy in our region. Their work brings lasting environmental, social and economic benefits. Their contributions come in many forms. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.
D&R Greenway maintains the Marie L. Matthews Gallery at the Johnson Education Center, created as a place to contemplate the beauty of nature and promote understanding of the importance of protecting the natural world. Its mission is to use the visual arts to educate and inspire the public to embrace a conservation ethic. These volunteers assist at our art exhibit opening receptions.
Capital City Farm
D&R Greenway leads the collaborative Capital City Farm project, Trenton’s first urban farm. Farm volunteers participate in planting crops and flowers, garden maintenance, produce distribution, site improvements, and streetscape improvements.
D&R Greenway is fortunate to have individuals with ornithological expertise who regularly identify and count bird species on selected D&R Greenway preserves. This data is submitted to eBird.org, created and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, a rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution.
Native Plant Nursery
Native Plant Nursery volunteers annually plant and care for more than fifty species of native plants. These trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges and wildflowers are being used to restore native landscapes on D&R Greenway preserves, on partner lands and in yards of local gardeners who are planting native. Our volunteers assist with two annual weekend plant sales and Friday sales throughout the summer.
New Jersey Trails
New Jersey Trails volunteers provide places to walk and all the supporting information you need to enjoy regional preserves. A steering committee oversees the website, njtrails.org. Led by former D&R Greenway Board Chair Alan Hershey, volunteers from age 16 to 80+ move boulders, forge through brush and build charming pedestrian bridges to create special places for people to connect with the land. Many of the trails on the website have been created or are maintained by these volunteers.
Stewardship volunteers multiply the work of our interns and staff, enjoying the community spirit of volunteering together as they ensure that this important work gets done. These volunteers work on D&R Greenway preserves removing invasive species, restoring habitats, planting trees and shrubs and maintaining trails among other tasks. We are fortunate to have local organizations and corporations whose employees volunteer their time through “employee work-days.”
The next time you enjoy a D&R Greenway preserve, think about all the volunteer efforts that go into caring for the land.
Willing Hands support the D&R Greenway’s work to inspire a conservation ethic. They assist with events that provide opportunities for the community to learn about the value of conservation. They are called upon for assistance with major mailings and represent D&R Greenway at community events outside our Johnson Education Center to offer information about our mission and activities.