Volunteering at Deer Pond Farm
No matter what your interests or talents, by volunteering at our Deer Pond Farm, you can help promote understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural world.
We have a variety of opportunities available, including office and outdoor help, which are needed to keep the Deer Pond Farm going. This includes serving as co-leaders for programs, citizen science projects, administrative work, trail and garden work, and other tasks both indoor and outdoor.
Program Co-leaders: Assist with guided walks by taking attendance and recording data on the bird checklist. Or work with staff on a specific program utilizing your expertise and experience.
Citizen Science: We currently monitor Bluebird nesting boxes, Wood Duck nesting boxes and Purple Martin gourds. We also participate in a variety of bird monitoring programs including the Connecticut Bird Atlas, the Summer Bird Count, and the Christmas Bird Count.
Administrative Help: Assist with a variety of clerical work including: answering phones, copying, packet assembly, data entry, event support, and publicity support.
Garden Gaggle: Join the group or work independently on maintenance and monitoring. We work while we chat, observe and learn. Maintenance includes: weeding, watering, planting, invasive plant removal and more.
Habitat Helpers: Enjoy the camaraderie of collective action to improve our sanctuary. Currently, our focus is invasive plant identification and management. Join us on seasonally scheduled work parties to address this major threat to native biodiversity and learn what you can do at home.
Photography: As you enjoy the trails during a guided walk or on your own, take pictures and share with us to utilize on the website, social media and flyers.
Trail Monitoring and Work: Explore the trails and report back to staff your findings. Opportunity to assist with trail maintenance.
We will provide instruction and information, including a training; you just need to bring a willingness to learn and a cheerful smile!
Please note, we do welcome service and group volunteer projects, including but not limited to scouts, students and corporations.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or doing a service project, please contact Emily Reeves Freundt, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-799-4074 ext 139.
Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award
Tricia has traveled the world in pursuit of studying and appreciating nature. She’s been to Antarctica, Alaska and Iceland (if you see a theme, her favorite bird is the Atlantic Puffin). But it is the Connecticut Audubon Society sanctuary near where she lives where she returns to again and again.
It was through a 2017 newspaper article that Tricia learned of Deer Pond Farm sanctuary in Sherman. We met her when she joined the group on a guided program, and before long was co-leading hikes.
In just three years, Tricia has logged over 250 hours of service and taken on a variety of volunteer roles such as trail monitoring, pollinator garden work and assisting with habitat enhancement projects. She’s also the head volunteer monitor of the new Purple Martin nest gourd system at Deer Pond Farm.
“I love nature,” she told us. “It’s always changing and there is always something new to learn.”
She uses volunteer opportunities to increase her understanding of nature, and then often reads up on subjects on her own and shares what she has discovered with staff and other volunteers.
Tricia holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology.
Retired now, Tricia told us that “finding the Connecticut Audubon Society through the opening of Deer Pond Farm, I found a way to reconnect with my academic background and beginning career. I missed it. I really enjoy volunteering here and it makes me happy.”
Her indefatigable cheerfulness is an extra bonus, no matter the circumstances of the task or project at hand. Tricia represents a sterling example of how our volunteers help in truly significant ways to further our conservation work.
Tricia is an exemplary volunteer who has grown and evolved with the organization.
We’ve worked alongside Tricia and are inspired by her keen intellect, thoughtfulness, and curiosity about the natural environment.
In 2019, our Deer Pond Farm volunteer Karen Forbes received the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award. Click here to read her nomination.
In 2018, our Deer Pond Farm volunteer Karen Cowperthwaite’s received the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award. Click here to read her nomination.
Learn more about the award and the recipients.