Volunteer Opportunities

Norwalk River Watershed Association

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Norwalk River Watershed Association needs volunteers to help in many areas. Whether you have the equivalent of one morning a year or one morning a week, the Norwalk River and its watershed can benefit from your time and talents. Please let us know if you can help in these areas or in any others:

Stewardship: River Rangers | River Cleanup Days | Habitat Restoration | Invasive Plants

Habitat Restoration: NRWA has on-going restoration projects at Oyster Shell Park, Woodward Avenue Park, and along the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) at Broad Street and behind the Norwalk Library in Norwalk.  We also work along the NRVT in Wilton and Ridgefield.  In Wilton we are sponsoring a meadow restoration at Allen’s Meadows and we work along the Norwalk River in the town center.  In Ridgefield we are helping restore two meadows at McKeon Farm.  If you are interested in helping with any of these projects, email us at info@norwalkriver.org.  

To support our habitat restoration work at Oyster Shell Park, please join the new Friends of Oyster Shell Park group here.  When donating, please add Friends of OSP under “Special instructions for seller.” 

River Rangers:  are volunteers who adopt a section of river to oversee and improve. The volunteers set their own schedule of visits during which they pick up litter, clear brush or debris from culverts and cut back invasive plant species. If they need extra help solving a problem–such as huge or hazardous litter, large trees blocking a culvert, or sedimentation, erosion, or pollution problems—rangers contact NRWA. In the case of extreme special needs, the section may become the focus of an annual workday or cleanup. The opportunity is available to groups such as Scouts, school groups or corporate volunteer groups as well as individuals.

Research: Water Testing (through the Harbor Watch Organization) | Inventory of Vernal Pools, Flora, Fauna | History of the River, Dams, and People

Fundraising: Grant Writing | Special Projects

Open Space: Trail System & Greenway | Mapping

Education: Programs | Land Use | Landscaping | Legislation | River Guides

Organizational: Membership 

Graphic Design: Graphic Design/Photography | Photography and/or Exhibits

Public Relations: Publicity  | Events

To volunteer, contact us at PO Box 7114, Wilton, CT 06897 or info@norwalkriver.org or 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463)