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Volunteer Opportunities

We Need You!

Many of our programs and projects are bigger than the BSWCD staff can handle alone. View community-wide conservation volunteer events on this calendar. More info about keystone BSWCD volunteer opportunities can be found in the boxes below the calendar!

Submit a Book Review!

We want to know what you have been reading! It’s easy to submit a review! Use this quick form to submit a review and we’ll share it as a blog post!

Help Guide and Support the District As a Director

If you like to think about how our organization complements the efforts of other conservation organizations, if you are focused on the possibilities and systems change, then we want you!  Directors may start out as Associates and then move into voting positions.

Native Plant Sale - Crosson
Native Plant Sale – Crosson

Annual Native Plant Sale

In January and February we need plant sale volunteers. Volunteers are invaluable to the success of this event. You can pick up plants at nurseries, assist in sale set up, help customers fill orders, and tidy up afterwards.

We also have a Fall Bulb and Seed Sale in late September-early October. Volunteers make our native plant sales possible!

Linn Benton Salmon Watch

Benton SWCD coordinates the Salmon Watch field trips for schools in Benton County each fall. Our field trips occur at beautiful Clemens Park in Alsea. We offer free volunteer training!

Lincoln Bilingual Family STEAM Night

We need your help at the stations to present the activities in Spanish! You will support one of our English-speaking community partners. Help us make Family STEAM Night accessible for all students and family members!

Weed Spotters

Become a Weed Spotters Volunteer! Be a trained member of the force to tackle invasive plants. Weed Spotters Volunteers identify and report weeds, participate in strategic weed pull events and more!

Working with Jefferson Elementary student on soil study © Tessa Jelten
Working with Jefferson Elementary student on soil study © Tessa Jelten

Youth Education

We participate in many fun youth education events around the community!

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Conservation Neighbor Nick Cavagnaro
Teresa Matteson | December 31, 2019

Conservation Neighbor Nick Cavagnaro shares some tips for what to grow in Benton County. He doesn’t have use for plants that do not support the local wildlife, be it birds or insects.

Cliff Hall in Kings Valley © T. Matteson
Cliff Hall – Leaving things better than he found them
Heath Keirstead | August 1, 2019

This article has five authors: Donna Schmitz, Teresa Matteson, Heath Keirstead, Laura Brown, and Holly Crosson. On June 30, 2019, Dr. Clifford Hall resigned from Benton SWCD’s Board of Directors, on which he had served since 2003. During his tenure, the District developed a high quality budgeting process and grew our staff from 2 to

Bob Morris is our new At-Large Director
Teresa Matteson | July 31, 2019

Bob Morris, previously an associate director, joined the Benton SWCD Board this summer as At-large Director. A retired veterinarian, educator extraordinaire, and passionate photographer, Bob can be easily spotted on BSWCD tours and during field days because he carries a camera with a gigantic telephoto lens. In his home garden, Bob captured this lovely shot

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