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Land managers lack staff and resources to do much of the field work needed to maintain public lands. EDI makes the connection between agencies and communities, providing technical expertise when needed, and creating opportunities for volunteers to meaningfully contribute to habitat restoration and supporting healthy ecosystems on our protected lands.
Volunteers who wish to participate in regular efforts to support regional refuges and reserves can join a crew that meets one day per week to assist with myriad conservation efforts. Projects many include land restoration, collecting seed and monitoring nesting boxes, rebuilding bird blinds, or weeding and cleaning up illegal dump sites. The comradery that develops among our weekly volunteers is a wonderful ancillary benefit of participating, as people get to know each other and develop friendships through a shared sense of purpose.
EDI hosts regular events to support community science and our public lands. These include weekend restoration events such as planting acorns, interpretive hikes, and presentations about supporting and interacting with our wild backyards and critters. These free events are open to individuals, families and groups and support partner agencies as well as landstewardship.
EDI hosts an annual Native Plant Sale that requires a team of volunteers to put together. We also rely on volunteer help to host 5k races, workshops and other events throughout the year (post-COVID).