Giving Back to NH on #GivingTuesday

Volunteering in NH makes a difference
Two volunteers act as citizen scientists recording data at the NH coastline

GivingTuesday is an international day that celebrates giving back to communities and "doing good" for the world. First recognized in 2012, GivingTuesday occurs annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

During the holiday season there are many ways to give back including donating money, hours and energy to help worthy causes. Volunteering is an especially great way to give back and spend time with your family members, plus it provides a meaningful sense of purpose, connects neighbors and ultimately makes a difference. Below are some examples of how you can join UNH Extension in giving back to our wonderful state.

Giving back to NH Residents:

NH 4-H Volunteers

4-H has a wide variety of ways for you to engage with youth and families in your local community and beyond. Whether you are looking for the occasional opportunity to engage with young people such as judging or helping out at an event or a more extensive commitment such as facilitating a special interest workshop, acting as a chaperone or mentor, your impact will be long-lasting for New Hampshire youth and families.

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STEM Docents

If you’re interested in making a difference in the life of a young person, becoming a STEM Docent can set them on a path of scientific discovery and engagement for a lifetime. STEM Docents engage and inspire NH’s K-12 youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects to enhance their understanding of scientific concepts and the process of conducting science. 

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NH Master Gardeners

Through community projects like school gardens, nursing homes, food pantries and more, plus public presentations and our Ask UNH Extension InfoLine, Master Gardener volunteers bring education about gardening, plants, soil, insects and more to the people of New Hampshire.

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Give back to NH Wildlife and our Environment:

Landscaping for Wildlife

Your backyard can offer rich habitat for wildlife in NH and help struggling species find shelter and food. From planting native wildflowers to benefit pollinators, to installing nesting boxes for birds and bats, to planting native trees and shrubs, you can help wildlife through the landscape choices you make. 

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Nature Groupie

If you love giving back to nature, Nature Groupie is the place for you. The Nature Groupie website offers an easy way to find outdoor volunteer opportunities from over 200 conservation organizations in New England. Search events by your availablility and your interests!

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Coastal Research Volunteers (CRV)

If you love our NH coast and want to engage in meaningful science and stewardship, CRV offers opportunities to connect with reseachers and natural resources managers. With projects like beach profiling, dune restoration and research, eel monitoring, oyster restoration and green crab hunts (among others), there’s sure to be something you’ll feel passionate about. 

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NH Rabbit Reports

If you want to become a citizen scientist and help NH wildlife, NH Rabbit Reports allows you to help the New England Cottontail, a species that is currently listed as state-endangered. Developed through a partnership between UNH Extension and NH Fish and Game Department with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, NH Rabbit Report participants collect data and report sightings of rabbit and hare species in New Hampshire. 

NH Big Trees

Love getting outside in the woods? NH Big Tree volunteers search the state for the largest examples of tree species and work together measuring trees in their local area that have been nominated to the program. The list of recorded trees now includes over 1,000 county, state and national champions. You'll also have the opportunity to spread the word about how important trees are in our lives. 

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Volunteers in the woods as part of NH Coverts Project

NH Coverts Project

The NH Coverts Project trains volunteers from a broad array of backgrounds and professions who are passionate about wildlife conservation and forest stewardship. After the training, volunteers return to their communities as stewards of NH’s wildlife and forest resources where they’ll take on projects that fit their skills and interests such as leading field walks, coordinating volunteer workdays, serving on town boards or managing their own property for wildlife habitat. 

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Natural Resources Stewards

Natural Resources Stewards are a community of volunteers who make a difference caring for the nature of New Hampshire. The program equips NH citizens, just like you, to understand the science of nature’s remarkable processes and then gives them the skills to change the world through projects of interest to each volunteer.

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Lakes Lay Monitoring

Lakes Lay Monitoring volunteers are dedicated to the preservation and sound management of NH lakes through citizen-based monitoring and research. Volunteers collect valuable data on the lakes of NH and provide local empowerment to lakeside communities, as well as a unique opportunity for hands-on learning for UNH students.

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Speaking for Wildlife

From the peaks of the White Mountains to the Atlantic coastline, from our backyards to the backcountry, New Hampshire is home to a great diversity of wildlife species. Speaking for Wildlife trains volunteers to deliver presentations and field walks focused on wildlife and natural resources. Once trained, volunteers educate community groups across the state about NH’s diverse wildlife species and habitats. 

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