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Jug Bay Volunteer Program

The Jug Bay Volunteer Program

is run by

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

in partnership with

Friends of Jug Bay

and the

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System


Open the Jug Bay website


Each year, more than 200 volunteers donate over 7,000 hours of their time, skills, and enthusiasm to reach Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's goals in environmental education, scientific research, and the protection of the vulnerable wetland ecosystem. This is the equivalent of a $100,000 donation. These volunteers have a variety of backgrounds---teachers, librarians, construction workers, chemists, college and high school students, and yes, some are even professional wetland ecologists! What they have in common is an interest in nature, pleasure in being outdoors, and a desire to explore the ecology of natural habitats such as wetlands and forests. At the Sanctuary, they collect water samples . . . clear trails . . . weigh turtles . . . guide visitors on nature walks . . . draw maps . . . lead canoe trips . . . make posters . . . seine for fish . . . host the Visitor Center on weekends . . . and so much more!


Open the Jug Bay website



Topic - animals, plants, clean-ups

Audience - K-12, college, adults, outdoors organizations

Location - Patuxent River, Jug Bay area, Maryland

Goals - research, education, stewardship



Lindsay Hollister, Volunteer Coordinator and Naturalist  email Lindsay



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