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Volunteer & Stewardship

Check out the Virginia Naturally Calendar of Events for opportunities.

View past successful stewardship projects

Volunteer opportunity:
America’s Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal

This popular program counts on local communities to help keep Virginia roadsides beautiful. The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for you and your family, business or civic group to clean up litter. Every year, more than 6,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups collect about 300,000 bags of trash from 14,000 miles of Virginia's roads. That's a quarter of the system.

A website which keeps books and magazines out of landfills by encouraging people to donate used books and library equipment to schools and libraries around the world.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative
The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to elevate young people (including disadvantaged and at-risk youth) into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup projects, empower volunteers to rebuild the environmental and social wellbeing of our communities, and improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife. Volunteers Needed!  

Clean Virginia Waterways is dedicated to citizen stewardship of Virginia’s rivers, streams, bays, beaches and groundwater. To get involved in this program or to become a part of the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia, please call 434-395-2602 or visit the Clean Virginia Waterways website:

National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is an annual event that brings volunteers together to improve the country's largest natural resource - our public lands. Volunteers gather the last Saturday every September to help improve the public lands they use for recreation, education, and enjoyment. Join in!

Stewardship Virginia
Volunteers of all ages from across the Commonwealth are making a difference in Virginia's environment. Whether you decide to participate in a river clean-up event, conduct water quality monitoring, take a class on Chesapeake Bay ecology, apply for a grant to begin a program or just want to learn how to start composting at home - you've come to the right place. Learn about opportunities and be recognized for you efforts.

The Elizabeth River Project
This program needs volunteers to register to clean up this waterway in southeastern Virginia.

The Nature Conservancy
There are many opportunities to volunteer. Check out the website for more information or contact the volunteer coordinator, Scott Boven at 434-295-6106 or

Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission (VBCCC)
The VBCCC is a Mayor-appointed group formed in 1980 to undertake the task of promoting litter prevention, recycling, beautification and general environmental awareness through educational projects designed to reach all segments of our community. The Commission is composed of volunteers who are assigned to operational committees. This Commission drives the City's Clean Community Program (which is a part of the City Parks and Recreation Department) and all its numerous volunteer educational, cleanup and beautification programs and activities. The work of this Commission and its thousands of volunteers have been instrumental in improving the environmental health and beauty of Hampton Roads and educating its residents! This Commission is responsible for our annual Earth Day and Clean the Bay Day events, the storm drain stenciling program and the Adopt-a-Programs.

Virginia State Parks
Looking for a cool way to spend two weeks this summer and help out Virginia State Parks? Check out the State Parks Youth Conservation Corps.

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