Volunteers As Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS)


A program designed to reach local volunteers and their communities and create a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it.

CBF created the Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) program in 2004 as a way to provide a rigorous, in-depth learning opportunity for local volunteers who want to apply their interest, knowledge and talents to real-world action. VoiCeS provides up-to-the-minute updates on Bay-wide and local water quality issues and connects participants with experts and other engaged citizens. We combine classroom instruction with Bay experiences for adult volunteers who want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and regional environmental issues and go the extra mile to help save the Bay.

VoiCeS classes feature multiple in-depth sessions each night by leading experts on subjects affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, along with at least one field experience on the water. There is also a service requirement of 40 hours on a Bay-related project(s) of your choosing. The program is typically held one evening a week over six weeks in the fall. Locations vary year to year. Successful graduates receive CBF's designation as Chesapeake Stewards.

Course topics typically include

  • Bay history,
  • wildlife,
  • wetlands,
  • fisheries,
  • urban and rural solutions to pollution,
  • local restoration,
  • citizen advocacy,
  • and much more

Questions? Contact Tanner Council at 757-622-1964 or by e-mail at tcouncil@cbf.org.

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What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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