Two female Marsh Ranger volunteers, holding a duck and an opossumVolunteer at Marshy Point

Share your enthusiasm, learn something new, teach others, get outdoors, and meet folks who care as much as you do. Be a part of the growing Marshy Point Nature Center community!

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In the Nature Center

Marsh Rangers

Marsh Rangers are part of a group of nature loving volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 who help at Marshy Point Nature Center after school or on weekends.

Marsh Rangers share certain passions:

  • Interested in nature
  • Usually care for a number of their own animals at home
  • Enjoy being with other nature-loving teens
  • Have a volunteer spirit

Marsh Rangers are extremely important to the work of the Nature Center. They feed the animal collection and clean cages. They learn about local wildlife and share their knowledge with visitors, and they help Marshy Point staff during special events.

Marsh Rangers can earn community service hours at their school after volunteering at the center for a year.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 and interested in becoming a Marsh Ranger, please call Leo Rebetsky or Ben Porter at Marshy Point Nature Center between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 410-887-2817.

MPNC Internships

Naturalist Interns and other volunteers are extremely important to the work of Marshy Point Nature Center and perform a variety of duties including helping to lead educational programs, working to develop new programs and educational materials, greeting visitors, maintaining park trails, caring for the live animal collection, and helping to develop new exhibits. Naturalist Interns are expected to work for either the Spring, Summer, or Fall season and generally work at least eight to ten hours each week, usually during the week. The availability to work mornings is preferred.

Applicants should have an interest in the outdoors, wildlife, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to learn. Students pursuing a course of study in education, natural history, biology, cultural history, or a related field are preferred.

Contact: Ben Porter, Naturalist
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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Scouts are a huge help to the Center. We’ve had more than 25 Eagle Scout projects since we opened in 2000! Here’s a quick run-down of our current project ideas for scouts:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Building concrete reef balls
  • Rebuilding our earth oven
  • Creating features for the Natural Play Area
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Owl boxes and/or nesting boxes for other birds (e.g., purple martin houses, an osprey platform built into the creek bottom)
  • Benches for observing wildlife
  • A campfire ring with benches for night-hikes and other events
  • Bat boxes
  • You tell us! Have a specialty or idea? Let us know!”

Contact: Leo Rebetsky, Director
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Trail Guides

Trail Guides at Marshy Point Nature Center are adult volunteers, willing to share their love of nature and the outdoors. These volunteers assist with school field trips, weekend programs, Pre-K Drop-ins, and special events.

Requirements for Trail Guides are patience, a sense of humor, and interest in the educational mission of Marshy Point. Training for Trail Guides is offered twice per year, the cost is refundable for those that help lead trips. Volunteering on a school field trip might include teaching students to shoot a bow and arrow, making the rounds with one of the turtles, paddling the sweep canoe, or getting in the creek to pull a seine net.

Anyone interested in becoming a Trail Guide should sign up for Trail Guide Training or call Marshy Point Nature Center between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 410-887-2817.

With the Nature Council

Board/Events Committee

Board/events committee plans and directs facility development; helps plan/coordinate seasonal events; helps with mailings, phoning, and flyer distribution; and helps with fundraising and promotion.

Contact: Leo Rebetsky, Director
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Membership Committee

Phone, mail, and email are all essential aspects of staying in touch, and regularly touching base with our members is vital to keeping our efforts effective. Sharing Marshy Point with new folks is a huge part of ensuring the preservation of this invaluable resource. Casual meetings (about 1-3 hours/month).

Contact: Vera Reiner, Committee Chair
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Web Committee

Volunteers are always welcome! The Web Committee meets as needed (but communicates more via e-mail) to discuss updates and changes to marshypoint.org. Individual writing and editing tasks are assigned to volunteers interested in creating content. Publishing is handled by our webmaster and volunteers who are familiar with HTML and Content Management Systems.

Contact: Deb Raynor, Committee Chair
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Writers

Our “Cattails” newsletter is published four times a year: September, December, March, and June. The writing and editing staff correspond via e-mail six weeks before deadline to plan each issue. Individual writing and editing tasks are assigned to volunteers. Lay-out and production are handled by the office staff. Meet once quarterly, and write at your leisure before the editing deadline.

Contact: Debby Hyson, Editor
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