Volunteer in Maryland

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A father and his young children plant a tree at Holly Beach Farm.

Nikki Davis

Pick vegetables at Clagett Farm, learn how to be a champion for the Bay in our VoiCeS program, or plant some trees. Check out all the ways you can get involved!

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is very fortunate to have the help and support of thousands of residents 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.

In the Field

  • Father and children plant a tree at Holly Beach Farm.

    Father and children plant a tree at Holly Beach Farm.

    Nikki Davis

    Stream and Shoreline Restoration

    Planting native trees and shrubs along the banks of waterways is 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

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    Clagett Farm

    During the growing season, scores of CBF volunteers give their time to tend crops, take in the harvest, and prepare delivery of fresh produce. Volunteers also assist in Clagett Farm's tree nursery, potting thousands of trees for CBF restoration projects.

    Find out more about Clagett Farm

  • 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

  • Advocacy

    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 officials of the need to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams.

    Join CBF's Action Network

  • VoiCeS

    CBF's Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) program is an adult education and volunteer training course designed to create a deeper understanding of the Chesapeake Bay and its issues. When the program is over, graduates commit to completing 40 service hours in their area of the watershed. VoiCeS graduates share their skills and knowledge by assisting Riverkeeper organizations and watershed restoration groups and participating in restoration efforts.

    Learn more about CBF's VoiCeS Program

Internships

CBF's Annapolis and D.C. offices offer a limited number of 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 Internship Opportunities web page.

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. 

Support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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