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Volunteer for the Conservancy

Volunteer for the Conservancy

The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's mission is to preserve important American art and the natural and cultural environment of the historic Brandywine Valley.

Both the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Conservancy depend on the commitment of valued volunteers to complete work necessary to the success of the programs. For additional information, or to become a volunteer, please send an e-mail to volunteer@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8318.

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  • Volunteers planting trees

Preserve Stewards

These volunteers assist with a variety of hands-on projects on Conservancy properties. These projects may include tasks like trimming vegetation, building or repairing water diversion bars along trails, pulling or cutting non-native invasive plants, and planting and maintaining trees and shrubs.

Tree Stewards

Tree stewards serve as educators and a resource to volunteers during Conservancy tree plantings. Stewards will be trained on proper planting techniques as well as installation of tree shelters and stakes to protect the native hardwood saplings. On the day of a tree planting, stewards will train volunteers as they arrive and then assist in completing the tree planting. Tree stewards will support Conservancy staff by serving as a resource and knowledgeable pair of hands in the field.

Tree Plantings

In the spring and fall, we plant small native trees as part of our reforestation work. There is always a need for willing hands of all ages and all abilities to join us. Tree plantings generally take place on Saturday mornings but can be scheduled during weekdays should a group be interested in working their own planting. Families, schools, youth organizations, and community groups are all welcome. No experience needed; you bring yourself, we’ll provide training, tools, and refreshments! Contact Meredith Mayer, Community Engagement Coordinator, at mmayer@brandywine.org or 610.388.8351 for more information about upcoming plantings.

Wildflower and Native Plant Gardeners and Seed Collectors

Garden volunteers tend to the extensive native plant gardens that make up the Chadds Ford campus of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.  Planting native species, removing invasive non-native species, pruning, seed collecting, cleaning, packaging, propagating and potting are among the activities this diverse group of people enjoy being part of.  Each year, these volunteers help facilitate the Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale, the proceeds from which benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful gardens. Contact Mark Gormel, Horticultural Coordinator, at mgormel@brandywine.org  or 610.388.8327 to learn more about joining the garden volunteer program.

Bike the Brandywine

For information on volunteering for our annual bike ride, held on a Saturday in September, please send an e-mail to volunteer@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8377.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Free admission to the Brandywine River Museum of Art
  • Admssion to the Conservancy’s preserves
  • Free or discounted admission to special events
  • Discount in the Museum Shop & Café
  • Exposure to a variety of educational opportunities
  • Recognition events
  • Volunteer trips
  • Supportive staff
  • Creative environment
  • Rewarding work
  • New friendships