Volunteer

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Choose to help occasionally or regularly, as your schedule permits. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and share your time and talents with others who are interested in promoting the preservation and protection of our native plants and their habitats. 


We appeciate our volunteers!

Immediate call for

♦ Individuals interested in leading family/children’s walks or programs.  Contact Susan Marcus 

♦ Content Writers for WildFloraRI or our blog. Contact office@riwps.org

OUR ONGOING COMMITTEES WELCOME YOUR HELP!
Contact individuals listed or office@RIWPS.org.

Committees

WALKS & WORKSHOPS COMMITTEE
Interested in shaping our educational programs? Join this committee. They arrange walks, programs and workshops to appreciate, protect and study native plants and their habitats. Committee members serve as hosts at each event. The committee typically meets once a month from September to May. 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 always need to help with digging, seeding and transplanting plants, then marketing as well as selling native plants on the days of the sale. Contact Sue Theriault.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONAL COMMITTEE
This committee oversees the preparation and production of all our communications including the website, Facebook page, pamphlets, fact sheets, brochures, press releases, monthly eNEWS  to members and friends, and print publication, WildfloraRI. There are opportunities to help with all aspects of this work; the content (text, images), writing, editing, layout, and mailing. Contact Mary O’Connor

Projects

RESEEDING RHODE ISLAND INITIATIVE
This new multi- year initiative aims to Increase substantially the availability of seeds, and plants grown from locally sourced Rhode Island native wild plant seeds. Seeds and plants that are locally sourced are the gold standard for ecological restoration and gardening projects as they are genetically suited to thrive in local growing conditions and to contribute to the  viability of the local ecosystem, maximizing the symbiotic relationships that allow both these plants and the insects, birds and other wildlife that depend on them to survive.

We are currently working with a professional botanist to identify and then collect seeds of a number of local wild plant species. These will then be cleaned, winter sown, grown to plugs and cultivated in plots large enough to maintain their genetic diversity.  Seeds from this first generation of plants will then become the basis for future generations of plants.  We anticipate ample and varied opportunities for volunteers at each stage of the project as it gets fully underway.  Contact office@riwps.org to express your interest in helping us with this exciting adventure.

SEED STARTERS EAST AND WEST
Come plant with us.  The Seed Starter groups cultivate plants and their efforts supply our plant sales. The work is varied. They propagate from seeds, cuttings and divisions, grow plants from plugs and roots, nurture donated plants, shrubs and wintered-over plants. No experience required! You’ll learn a lot. Come share your enthusiasm, skills and enjoy the company.

Seed Starters East meets in Portsmouth on the 2nd and 4th Thursday morning of the  month, all year.  As spring and the plant sales approach the group will meet weekly.  Contact Dorothy Swift.

Seed Starters West meets in Exeter usually on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, from early March until shortly after the June RIWPS sale. This group also manages our May sale. Contact Gayle Anderson.

BEECHWOOD PROJECT
Under a joint collaboration with URI Master Gardeners, in 2011 RIWPS began a joint annual lecture series at the Beechwood Center in North Kingstown. A few years later a garden was started. The garden includes over 400 native plants, trees and shrubs and includes a stockbed.  Join a team of pros and native plant enthusiasts to maintain this garden and help plan new ones. Contact Paula Morrison or Kevin Alverson

KETTLE POND NATIVE PLANT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
Come learn about our native plants and teach others. RIWPS works cooperatively with this demonstration garden at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown. The garden is joint effort of the US Fish and Wildlife and URI Master Gardeners. Plantings came from the locally sourced and grown Rhode Island native plants. The group meets Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, early Spring to Late Fall and other times as needed. Each year seeds are harvested and then cultivated to be used primarily on restoration projects on the National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. Contact David Vissoe