Connecticut Audbon Society
Deer Pond Farm

Deer Pond Farm

Master Naturalist volunteers, Diane and Jim by Deirdra Wallin.

Volunteer 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 Deirdra Wallin, program coordinator, at or 860-799-4074 ext 102.

Click here to download our volunteer application. Completed applications can be emailed to

Our next volunteer training is Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. Contact Deirdra Wallin, program coordinator, at or 860-799-4074 ext 102 to register.

Volunteer Appreciation

Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

We are humbled by the countless number of hours donated each year by our talented volunteers.  At our Annual Meeting, we recognize those truly special volunteers, who have provided many years of extraordinary service with the Dave Engleman Volunteer Benchmark Award. 

In 2018, our Deer Pond Farm volunteer Karen Cowperthwaite’s received the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award. Karen was introduction to Deer Pond Farm when she came on one of first guided walks after the preserve opened in June 2017. She returned often and became a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society, and finally a volunteer, putting in more than 150 hours.

Her pro bono work as a licensed landscape architect enabled us to start the Bird & Pollinator Garden. It serves to improve habitat and create a warm welcome area where visitors can enjoy a beautiful space and learn the beneficial features of native plants. Karen worked with other volunteers and staff to plan, design, plant, and assist with an irrigation plan.

She has served as co-leader on guided walks and has led seven themed walks including wildflowers, invasive plants, and planting for birds and pollinators. A Sherman resident, Karen runs Cowperthwaite & Co. Landscape Architecture LLC.

Learn more about the award and the recipients.

2018 Volunteer Appreciation video, click here to view.

2019 Summer College Student Volunteers by Deirdra Wallin

Habitat Enhancement Volunteers and staff by Cathy Hagadorn.

Story Time Volunteer by Deirdra Wallin

Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist Volunteers by Deirdra Wallin








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