CBF volunteers staff a table at a local event. Photo by CBF StaffCBF volunteers staff a table at a local event. Photo by CBF Staff

Volunteer on Maryland's Eastern Shore

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is very fortunate to have the help and support of thousands of citizens who volunteer their time and who have demonstrated their commitment to a cleaner, healthier, Chesapeake Bay. Every year, volunteers donate more than 25,000 hours to CBF programs that advance the Bay's health. The immediate results of their work are impressive. But the value of their undertaking for future generations is priceless. We salute our volunteers for their contribution to a better community and a restored Bay.

Following are just a sampling of the many ways that you, too, can get involved.

If you would like to become involved and have not volunteered before or would like more information, please complete our Volunteer Information Form. If you are already a CBF volunteer and would like more information about current or specific opportunities, contact our office at 410-543-1999.

In the Field

Father and children plant a tree at Holly Beach Farm. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto © Nikki Davis
Stream and Shoreline Restoration

Planting native trees and shurbs along the banks of waterways in one of the most effective ways to keep polluted runoff out of streams. Creating living shorelines with native wetland plants and grasses helps restore habitat for wildlife, preventerosion, capture sediment, and filter pollution.

Check our calendar for current opportunities

Volunteers working on Clagett Farm. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Oyster Restoration

Before their dramatic decline, the Chesapeake's native oysters were a powerful natural force in the Bay ecosystem, filtering contaminants from the water and providing habitat for crabs and fish. To bring back this key species, CBF's oyster restoration programs grow native oysters and transplant them to sanctuary reefs.

Find out more about oyster restoration

In Your Community

Local advocates turn out at a public meeting. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff

CBF volunteer advocates speak for the Bay and its rivers and streams. They are the infantry in our fight for clean water, making their voices heard on public policy, legislation, development, and other issues that affect our waterways. Advocacy volunteers contribute at many levels. They show up at rallies, send e-mails, make phone calls, gather signatures for petitions, and remind citizens and public officals of the need to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams.

Join CBF's Action Network

Volunteer staffing CBF table at a local event. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Clean Water Captains

Now is the time to stand up for clean water on the Eastern Shore. You can make a difference in your local rivers and streams. CBF's Eastern Shore Office invites you to become a Clean Water Captain and find your favorite way to support fishable, swimmable waters. Clean Water Captains is a community of CBF members and volunteers who regularly take action for the Bay and local waters by engaging in regular, advocacy-related activities to help advance the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the science-based, state/federal plan to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams—as well as other shared priorities.

Find out more about being a Clean Water Captain

Volunteer staffing CBF table at a local event. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Fairs and Festivals

By staffing CBF displays at boat shows, riverfront festivals, oyster roasts, community celebrations, and more, CBF volunteers publicly share their support for the Bay. They represent CBF at the local level, explaining the issues and the actions that are needed to protect and restore the Chesapeake. Volunteers supply information, answer questions, and connect residents to CBF activities and advocacy issues in their own neighborhoods.

For upcoming opportunities, check our calendar.

Speakers Bureau volunteer making a presentation. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Speakers Bureau

What are the issues affecting the Bay and its rivers and streams? How can citizens make a difference? In presentations to civic, service, and social organizations across the region, volunteers from CBF's Speakers Bureau provide the answers. Their training includes briefings on the state of the Bay's health, the latest legislative issues, and the science-based strategies that are needed to save the Bay.

Learn more about CBF's Speakers Bureau

Students install a rain barrel as part of a CBF Student Wave project. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff
Student Wave

High school students, join a wave of action projects happening across the Chesapeake Bay region by doing one in your community. From installing rain barrels to cleaning up streams and more. Watch for photo contests and other opportunities to raise awareness about Bay issues while winning cool prizes. Follow Student Wave on social media to make sure you don’t miss out on other fun opportunities!

Join Student Wave

In Our Office

Administrative Assistance

At CBF's office in Easton, volunteers take on a host of administrative duties. They contribute to communications projects, educational programs, data entry, and outreach activities.


CBF's Easton office offers a limited number of unpaid internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Interns have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of environmental professionals on a host of water-quality related issues. Interested students should check our Intership Opportunities webpage.

Pro Bono Assistance

Volunteering as a CBF pro bono volunteer is a great way to build professional skills while putting your talents to use to better your community and save the Bay. Whatever your talents—law, communications, finance, fund raising, to name just a few—please consider putting them to use for the Bay. 

If you would like to become involved and haven't volunteered before or would like more information, please complete the Volunteer Information Form below. If you are already an active volunteer, please contact our office at 410-543-1999.

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