"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~ Benjamin Franklin 


Since the Sanctuary's founding in 1985, volunteers have been critical to our small staff by helping with a wide variety of projects.  Click on the pictures below to learn.


Volunteer Mission

The volunteer program is intended to foster the opportunity for volunteers to exercise their passion for public service while providing support to the overall mission of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. In addition, the volunteer will have opportunities to experience the parks natural and physical assets.

Volunteers actions should reflect a high level of respect and compassion for the patrons who participate in park programs and for the plants and animals living in the park. The volunteer program principles are based on free will, commitment, and unity, which are all foundations of volunteerism.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities (print version)

Our volunteer program is divided into four broad categories and facilitated through the Volunteer Coordinator, Lindsay Hollister. Generally our volunteer projects are for individuals 13 years and older seeking involvement on a medium to long-term basis (1 year or more). 

We have several family-friendly projects, and for temporary volunteers we can facilitate group and service projects on a case-by-case basis. 

Click here for a recent Citizen Science article (featuring Jug Bay volunteers) from Chesapeake Family magazine 

Every year, more than 200 volunteers donate over 3,000 hours of their time, skills, and enthusiasm. This is the equivalent of a $100,000 donation.

Follow this link to learn about the benefits of becoming a Jug Bay volunteer.