Volunteer with Prescott Farm
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We were thrilled to present the inaugural “Ursula Allen Volunteer Appreciation Award” to Ursula Allen herself!
Our dedicated team of volunteers allow Prescott Farm to continue enhancing and expanding our educational programs for the Lakes Region Community. Some of the projects that volunteers make possible are the Maple Sugaring Shack, Educational Gardens, Chicken agriculture, Forest Management, Phenology, and so much more. Opportunities for leadership roles are available! Please take a few moments to view the volunteer opportunities we have available and if you are interested in becoming a part of our team, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
All volunteers attend at least one Service Learning Opportunity to help them gain skills in their areas of interest. These sessions are free for volunteers and provide opportunities to expand on skills that volunteers might already have. Dates and times for upcoming Service Learning Opportunities can be found on our calendar.
Overview of Current Programs:
The Green Team – Gardening
The three gardens at Prescott Farm are integral to our mission. We are grateful to the volunteers that keep this beautiful resource available to visitors and program participants. The Heritage, Perennial, and Learning Gardens each have a different mission and a supporting team of volunteers dedicated to fostering those green spaces. Green Team volunteers gain and practice their gardening skills while having the opportunity to engage in other garden supporting projects. Like the plants they care for, volunteers have the opportunity to grow into leadership positions within The Green Team.
Complete position descriptions:
The Weeder of the Pack_ Resource Lead Volunteer Description
The Thyme Manager Team Lead Volunteer
Seasonal commitment: February – November; See position descriptions for additional details.
The Feathered Friends – Chicken Care
The Feathered Friends team engages in caring for the day to day needs of our chickens. These birds have been a staple of farm life since people first started farming and they continue to play this role at Prescott Farm. These volunteers gain first-hand knowledge and put existing experience to work caring for our flock which are part of our educational programs. Chickens bring a unique character and color to the places they live and we are excited to offer opportunities for volunteers to become a part of this experience.
Seasonal commitment: April – October; See position descriptions for additional details.
Sap on Tap – Maple Surgaring
Every Spring the sugar maple trees in our sugar bush provide the perfect resource for visitors to come and learn about what it takes to make the iconic (and delicious!) maple syrup. Our Sap on Tap volunteers engage with visitors about maple sugaring and have the opportunity to gain first hand experience identifying, tapping, collecting, building, and then storing maple syrup.
Complete position description: SapOnTap.
Seasonal commitment: Saturdays in February, March and April with more opportunities for collecting sap during the week.
All Hail the Trail
Woodwalker Team – Trail Maintenance: If you love hard work and are handy with a pair of clippers, our trails need you! The trails get a lot of use throughout the year and we do our best to keep them well-maintained and free of any branches and debris. Year-round and seasonal opportunities. Complete position description: WoodWalker
Forest Folk – Forest Management: The forest surrounding Prescott Farm is one of our most valuable resources and needs to be monitored and managed in order to maintain its health. We are looking for a team of volunteers who are interested in helping us care for our forest and make sure it is available to visitors for years to come. Complete position description: ForestFolk
Seeing Seasons – Nature Observation: Spending time in nature promotes physical, emotional, and mental wellness. If you are interested in spending more time outside and want to help collect information to help Prescott Farm improve our programs, please consider becoming a part of the Seeing Seasons Team. This team walks our trails and monitors the changes that are occurring throughout our seasons. They are also able to take part in some wonderful opportunities that can help them gain more skills in areas such as plant identification, phenology, and nature observations. Complete position description: SeeingSeasons
Year-round opportunities available; See position descriptions for additional details.
Turtle Team: The Bucky Buddies care for, support, and improve the quality of life of our three toed box turtle “Bucky”. She and her Buddies support the educational mission of Prescott Farm through teaching and sharing experiences with Bucky. Complete position description: TurtleTeam
Fledgling Fellow: The Fledgling Fellows provide direct support to the fledglings staff through assisting in programs, basic childcare and preparations. Complete position description: FledglingFellows
Administrative: Throughout the year we have various projects that require light administrative work. If folding letters and stuffing envelopes is your dream volunteer job, let us know!
Committees: If you have unique knowledge and skills that you could contribute to one of our committees, we want to talk to you! We’re currently seeking volunteers to serve on our Property, Risk, Community Engagement, and Raise Heck Tug O’ War Event Planning Committees. Contact us to find out more!
Prescott Farm is always looking for ways to engage our community. If you have an idea of ways that you, your employer or another group can help out at the Farm, please let us know. Volunteering is a great way to get outdoors and get active.
“We’ve enjoyed helping during both Harvest and Winter public events almost as much as reveling in the excitement as our grandchildren share what they’ve learned and enjoyed most at the end of each day at ‘camp’ during the drive home.”
– Prescott Farm Volunteers Allan & Janice Mistler