More than 4,200 volunteers help extend our work across many areas. In 2015, these volunteers devoted more than 148,000 hours to their communities (view chart of 2015 volunteer efforts). You can be a part of this rewarding work!
Some of the programs our volunteers serve are....
- The New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program trains volunteers who conduct water quality research at more than 300 fresh water lake sites and 70 tributaries in a unique, “neighbor-to-neighbor” approach.
- The Marine Docent volunteers provide a lens through which students, educators and the public view and explore the salt water marine coastal environment, while helping to educate the public about our natural resources. Participants represent approximately 185 communities.
- 4-H Youth Development Program - Adult volunteers have many roles – mentors, advisors, friends. You don't need any special knowledge or talent, just a desire to make a positive impact on a child's life.
- New Hampshire Coverts Project is a wildlife-focused program that helps landowners and other conservation-minded residents promote wildlife habitat conservation and forest stewardship in their communities.
- The goal of the Coastal Research Volunteer (CRV) Program is to engage volunteers in enhancing and expanding locally relevant research and participating in meaningful science and stewardship opportunities.
- Master Gardeners extend the outreach and education of UNH Cooperative Extension through community horticultural projects. They also answer our toll-free information line at our Education Center.
- Extension Advisory Councils in each of New Hampshire’s 10 counties help identify the educational needs of county residents and work with Extension staff and volunteers to meet those emerging needs.
- Natural Resources Stewards engage those who enjoy learning about New Hampshire's natural history and resources and their role in sustaining communities. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and can be taken for college credit.
- Stewardship Network: New England - a new initiative to moblize volunteers to care for and study lands and waters in their communities. Find out about nature-based volunteer opportunities happening near you on the online calendar.
- STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Docent volunteers receive in-depth training in STEM curriculum, activities, and instruction as well as ongoing training and support for each docent. Trained Docents are paired with identified classrooms, after-school and out-of-school programs to bring STEM education to learners.
For information about UNH Cooperative Extension’s volunteer efforts, contact:
Extension Specialist, Community Volunteer Development