Middlesex County’s Parks and Open Space lands are protected and
supported by thousands of citizens who volunteer with the Middlesex County
Conservation Corps. Since its inception in 2006, Conservation Corps
volunteers have helped build hiking trails, eradicate invasive species, clean
litter and improve habitat for wildlife throughout the County. These
volunteers not only better our parks and public lands, but they also save tax
payers thousands of dollars. In 2018 alone, more than 1,800 people
volunteered their time, which totaled 5,609.9 hours. According to the
non-profit group Independent Sector—each hour donated is equal to about $28.32!
This means that the value of our 2018 volunteer’s efforts is more than $150,000!
In 2018, volunteers helped spruce-up the Rain Garden and Shoreline Restoration Project in Thompson Park.
They collected thousands of pounds of litter
and debris from along the Raritan River in Johnson Park, from along roadsides and from the shores of
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Corporate volunteer groups planted
pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs in Ireland Brook Conservation Area, and made trail improvements at Van Dyke Farm. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
installed erosion controls in Davidson's Mill Pond Park and improved the Rain Garden in Johnson Park. Students from elementary school up to local colleges, donated their
time improving our forests, shorelines and wetlands through litter patrols and
invasive plant removals.
Each year, in the spring and fall, we offer three main volunteer events to which we invite the community to come help out. Volunteers can also join the crew during regular workdays on Saturdays in the spring and fall, and Monday through Friday during the summer. The dates and times are flexible.
Volunteer work occurs year-round with several different opportunities that may include plant and animal inventories, trail monitoring, invasive plant removal and native plant restoration, trash clean-ups and more. We can also arrange special projects for groups. Past projects have included trail work, tree planting, beach sweeps, and help with conservation and recreation efforts on Earth Day and National Trails Day.
No particular skills are required. However, volunteer candidates should have an interest in and enjoyment of being outdoors. Volunteering is open to everyone willing get out into nature, get dirty, and get it done! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Middlesex County Conservation Corps, call Griffith Boyd at 732-745-3064.
To volunteer; download, fill out, and mail the application to :
Conservation Corps Coordinator
PO Box 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Fax (732) 745-4592
If you have any questions or would like any additional information about the Conservation Corp, please contact Griffith Boyd
at (732) 745-3064.
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