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Get Involved

Check out our calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events, including guided hikes, naturalist walks, and volunteer opportunities.

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Volunteer with us

We occasionally host weekend volunteer opportunities, at least four per year. Take a look at our calendar to see upcoming opportunities.

We offer the Friday Conservation Corps, a weekly volunteer opportunity, in partnership with the BRMC. Join us to work on a series of rotating stewardship projects, available in the Preserve every Friday morning.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of a large group, club, or organization, please contact us. We would love to have your help!

Citizen Science

No experience is required to participate in our community research projects. Many of these projects are seasonal, but we encourage you to contact us at any time of year if you are interested.

Caterpillars Count: this project measures seasonal changes in arthropod abundance. Surveys run from mid-April through mid-September.

Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring: this project tracks the usage of artificial bluebird boxes around the Preserve. Surveys run from April through August.

Water Quality Monitoring: this project tracks important metrics relating to watershed health. Surveys run year-round.

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Whether for a field trip, research project, or guided hike, we welcome curious minds at Leopold's Preserve. Please reach out so we can coordinate with you and your group!

Wildlife Observation

Leopold's Preserve is part of the Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail, a network that highlights the best places to see birds and wildlife in the state. We are delighted by the diversity of flora and fauna, and we love seeing your observations on iNaturalist and eBird.

Click here to download a birding checklist for Leopold's Preserve. Our thanks to graphic designer Danta Reilly for compiling eBird data and designing this checklist!

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