American Chestnut Land Trust
   Connecting people with the land

Volunteer Opportunities

For more information contact Pam Shilling, Community Relations Coordinator at 410-414-3400 or .


The Arboretum at Warrior's Rest Sanctuary boasts more than 150 varieties of holly, not to mention unusual tree varieties such as Sequoia, Chinese fir and many deciduous and evergreen magnolias. Trees in the arboretum not only need pruning during the dormant season, but require ongoing vine and weed removal at their bases.

Barn Maintenance Crew

With 11 barns on ACLT properties and many more farm buildings, the ACLT needs a crew of volunteers trained and passionate about barn restoration and maintenance. Volunteers needed with light and heavy construction experience.

Bulk Mailings

Volunteers needed to prepare our quarterly newsletter, The Watershed Observer, as well as invitations to our events for mailing to our membership. Preparation can be done from your home!

Canoe Guides

Every year from spring until fall the ACLT hosts guided canoe trips on Parkers Creek. Trips are scheduled at different times of the day on a Saturday (depending on the tide) and take about three hours. Canoe guides are responsible for not only "guiding" canoes, but pointing out some of the natural wonders of the area.

Cemetery Crew

Join the crew that works to restore and maintain the historic Hance-Chesley cemetery located on ACLT property. Learn about the history of the cemetery, gravestone repair and cemetery gardening.

Double Oak Farm CSA

ACLT started a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in 2010 in the hopes of bringing our fallow fields back to life in an effort to connect more people to the land. The CSA Program is run by our Farm Manager, Jeff Klapper and volunteers help maintain the farm by helping plant, weed, water, compost, harvest, and distribute the produce!


Volunteer naturalists are needed to lead guided hikes at different times of the year. We will provide training and ask that volunteers are available to lead one or two hikes per year.

Outreach Events

The ACLT hosts a variety of events each year and also participates in other local organizations events by hosting a booth. We need people who enjoy setting up and decorating a booth, interacting with many different people, handing out ACLT information, and smiling!

Trail Mowers

From spring until fall the ACLT needs people to mow grass on trails and surrounding areas. The ACLT supplies all of the necessary equipment and gas, a defined area, and the frequency in which the area needs to be cut.

Water Quality Monitoring (WQM)

Water quality monitoring takes place on Parkers Creek once a month by volunteers. The process entails hiking to four different locations and taking water samples. We provide training and ask that WQM are available to take samples at least once per year.

Weed Whacking Wednesdays

Meet Land Manager Steven Gaines and other volunteers to remove non-native invasive plants on various ACLT properties every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m (May to September) or from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (October to April). Bring your favorite pair of work gloves and a bottle of water. We'll provide the equipment.

Vine Vindicators

Non-native invasive species are detrimental to the health of native species. The ACLT will provide instruction, show where invasive plants and vines are of the greatest threat, how and when to remove them, and how and why they are here. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about native species in the mid-Atlantic area and what you can do to help create healthy landscapes.

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Volunteer Hours

Canoe Trip Guide

Barn Repair

Cemetery Maintenance

Calvert High School environmental science students construct boardwalk.

Holly Arboretum



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