Want to get your hands dirty to help Lake Champlain?
Help us improve the Lake, one project at a time.
Join us on one of our many lakeshore improvement projects! We work with volunteers year-round in various ways, from the office to the field. Let us know if you’re interested and we can help you find the perfect job! Opportunities include:
- Adopt-a-natural area*
- Volunteer monitoring
- Trail improvements
- Invasive species removal
- Photography at our natural areas
- Biological inventorying
*Adopt-a-Natural Area: It’s a Family Affair!
A few summers ago, the Shearer family was looking for an activity that would get them outside while giving back to the community. They found what they were looking for by adopting one of our many public natural areas: Round Pond Natural Area in South Hero.
After meeting with the Lake Champlain Land Trust staff to learn how to remove invasive species and construct water bars for better trail drainage, local teacher Thomas Shearer and his two boys, Jamie (then 10) and Munroe (7), got to work. They spent many summer mornings removing the invasive Honeysuckle from the fields buffering the core area. Their work was interspersed with hours of exploration of the expansive wetland searching for the rare Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus).
The Shearers continue to volunteer each summer at Round Pond Natural Area on various restoration projects. A special thanks to the Shearers and to all the volunteers who help make improvements to our natural areas each year. If you are interested in adopting one of our natural areas, please contact us at 862-4150.
Over the last few years, our volunteers have done some great things for Lake Champlain.
We cannot thank our volunteers enough for helping us assess the spring 2011 flooding damage to all of our lakeshore projects!
Other recent projects include:
- Round Pond State Park (Invasive species removal, trail improvements)
- Landon Community Trail (Trail improvements, fence building)
- Niquette Bay State Park (Trail improvements)
- Eagle Mountain Natural Area (Trail improvements)
- Mill River Falls (Volunteer monitoring)
- Rossetti Beach Natural Area (Biological inventory)
- Upper La Platte River Natural Area (Riverside restoration planting)
- The Lake Champlain Land Trust office (Stuffing envelopes, printing labels, general administration work)!
We are always in need of more hands, so don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how you can help Lake Champlain!