Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy community—become a volunteer.

— Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy community—become a volunteer.

The Conservancy works with landowners and communities to protect the healthy lands, clean waters, eagles and other wildlife of the Upper Delaware River region.

They support locally sustainable economies like our working farms and forests, ecotourism, and outdoor recreation, and conduct educational and community events designed to connect people to the lands where they live, work and play.

Organizers said that none of their work is possible without the support of their volunteers. They have a wide range of volunteer activities and are always open to suggestions from volunteers for any specialized skills they have to contribute.

Love being outdoors? Become a monitoring volunteer and visit beautiful protected properties during the summer.

In the winter, volunteer for Eagle Watch and collect data on eagles, while educating the public in "Eagle Etiquette" and how to have the best eagle-watching experience.

If you would prefer to work in the offices, they need help with tasks ranging from filing, data entry and answering phones to helping with their multiple large mailings throughout the year.

Volunteers can make a regular schedule for weekly office hours or check in whenever they have time to offer. They have offices in Hawley, and Bethel, N.Y., and frequently look for gardening and maintenance support too.

The conservancy hosts, and participates in, multiple educational, community and fundraising events throughout the year. Volunteers can staff a booth at an event, sign in participants at a workshop or help with setup of a program. Pick the event and arrive the day of the activity, or help with planning.

For a more involved volunteer experience, they have a number of standing committees including land protection, Eagle Institute, outreach and development, finance, stewardship and others that welcome new members.

These committees meet on a regular basis to plan, implement, and carry out specific tasks to support the successful operation of the Conservancy.

Do you have skills we haven't mentioned here? They often need advice on real estate, law, accounting, financial management, marketing, environmental stewardship, farming, forestry, water resources, fundraising and more.

Volunteering with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy means taking an active role in protecting everything that makes the Upper Delaware River region so special, giving back to your community and joining a friendly and enthusiastic group of folks who enjoy donating their time for a worthy cause.

For more information on the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, visit, call (570) 226-3164 or (845) 583-1010, or email

To contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Diness, email