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Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

Volunteer for the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

Choose to help occasionally or regularly, as your schedule permits. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and share with others who have similar interests, while promoting the conservation of native plants in RI.

We value our volunteers.
Volunteer of the Year Awards | Lifetime Volunteer Awards

Call for…

• Editor for our Facebook page.  Willing to train.

• Editor of WildfloraRI. WildfloraRI is a RIWPS publication for members that comes out twice a year.  Please contact office@riwps.org for more details.

• Individuals to serve as a host on one or more of our scheduled walks.  This hospitality role primarily involves welcoming and checking in-walk participants.  The walk fee is waived when you host a walk.  Contact Susan Marcus marcus.susan@gmail.com.

• Individual(s) to work on educational resources and materials for RIWPS website. Work on your own schedule. Contact communications@riwps.org.

OUR ONGOING COMMITTEES WELCOME YOUR HELP!
Contact individuals listed or office@RIWPS.org or call RIWPS at (401) 789-7497

  • Please select which committees you are interested to serve on.

WALKS & WORKSHOPS COMMITTEE
Are you interested in shaping RIWPS’ educational programs? If so, please consider joining this committee. It identifies a focus for each year’s walks and workshops that expand on annual theme and promote our mission to appreciate protect and study native plants and their habitats. Committee members work closely with walk leaders and rotate responsibility for serving as a host at each event. The committee meets monthly from September till May. Please contact Susan Marcus.

PLANT SALE COMMITTEE
Our plant sales educate the public on the value and importance of planting native plants in the home landscape and are a major source of our revenue. Each plant sale is a tremendous undertaking. Help is always needed with digging, seeding and transplanting plants, then marketing as well as selling native plants on the days of the sale. Please contact Sandra Thompson.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONAL COMMITTEE
This committee oversees the preparation and production of all RIWPS communications including the RIWPS website, RIWPS Facebook page, pamphlets, fact sheets, brochures, press releases, monthly e newsletter to members and friends and the Society newsletter, WildfloraRI. We are looking for help with all aspects of this work; e.g., identifying the content (text, images) , researching, enlisting others for needed content, writing, editing, doing layout, taking pictures, mailing. Please contact Mary Lou Upham.

RI FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW COMMITTEE
Each year our Native Plant Exhibit continues to receive awards. Volunteering for this committee will give you a chance to go behind the scenes and help plan, build and plant the garden. Be a part of this exciting project and be inspired by and learn from the pros. Help is needed with design, plant shopping, forcing, transportation, construction, planting, education, docent recruitment and publicity. Please contact Kevin Alverson.

SEED STARTERS EAST AND SEED STARTERS WEST
RIWPS has two very active Seed Starter groups who provide the plants for our plants sales. The work is varied. We propagate from seeds, cuttings and divisions, grow some plants from plugs and roots and also nurture donated plants, shrubs and wintered -over plants. No experience required! You’ll learn a lot, since we work to increase out ability to propagate native plants. Come share your enthusiasm, skills and enjoy the company of RIWPS volunteers.

Seed Starters East meets in Portsmouth twice a month from June to March (first and third Thursday in the morning) and then weekly in April and May (as schedules allow). Please contact Dorothy Swift.

Seed Starters West meets in Exeter on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from early March until shortly after the June RIWPS sale. The SSW also manages the RIWPS May sale stand held concurrently with the East Farm Festival in Mid May. Please contact Helen Drew.

BEECHWOOD PROJECT
Under a joint collaboration with URI Master Gardeners, RIWPS began native garden in 2011 at the Beechwood Center in North Kingstown. It now includes over 400 native plants, trees and shrubs and more gardens are planned. Join a team of pros and native plant enthusiasts to maintain this garden and help plan new ones. Please contact Kevin Alverson.