Volunteers have played an important part in the growth and success of the Institute's community programs. Students, Rincon Valley residents, and visiting scholars have performed critical background research, assisted with field studies, and provided outside guidance for our science program. The work of a Rincon Valley volunteer is rewarding because our volunteers know they are contributing to the conservation of the natural heritage of east Tucson. Most volunteers participate in restoration projects such as controlling invasive plant species, watering newly planted native plants, and replanting native plants. Volunteers can also participate in a wide variety of other tasks around the Rincon Valley such as helping out with the Rincon Valley Farmers Market, or gathering data on visitor use of Saguaro National Park East.
We are currently looking for people with bright faces and a love of the outdoors to help us with a variety of fun and useful projects right here in the Rincon Valley. One of our more interesting and fun projects in 2005/2006 was the construction of pond habitat for Lowland Leopard Frogs, an endangered species. Partnering with the Notch Neighborhood and Saguaro National Park, the Rincon Institute is hoping the frogs can make a comeback!
Current Volunteer Projects Include:
- Becoming involved with our CVIEW (Citizens Viewing and Interacting with the Environment and Wildlife) project.
- Rincon Creek restoration projects – weeding, planting, and bank stabilization (to begin in December).
- Fall outreach mailings and special event mailings – assist with printing, sorting, stuffing, and sealing of mailings.
- Rincon Institute Spokesperson – helps at the Rincon Institute’s booth on Saturday’s at the Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market. See the link in the left-hand side menu for more information on the RVFM!
- Office help in creation of displays, outreach materials, printing, copying, filing, etc.
- Media search and sorter – someone interested in finding and cutting out (or copying) articles that relate to the Rincon Institute and conservation efforts in the Rincon Valley and Vail area.
- Event posting – posting informational flyers about the Rincon Valley Farmers Market and Rincon Institute activities and events on a monthly basis around the Rincon and Vail valleys and east side of Tucson.
for more information about dates, times, and project details 520-647-7388.