Buzzards Bay Coalition

114 Front St, New Bedford, MA 02740
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Our mission The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting Buzzards Bay and its watershed.

Buzzards Bay Coalition

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Outdoor Exploration Assistant

Do you love exploring the outdoors? You can help connect people of all ages to Buzzards Bay by leading or assisting with our outdoor exploration programs, called Bay Adventures. Help show people how to dig for quahogs, identify local birds, explore local rivers, and much more! Flexible hours/commitment. You can lend your outdoors expertise on any subject or simply have the drive to learn more. Ages 16+.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 16-20, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Adopt A Reserve

Volunteer as a reserve steward and help monitor our reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham. Walk the grounds and trail networks weekly or monthly and notify us of any maintenance needs or vandalism. Training provided.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Carpentry

Lend a hand to repair and maintain signage, fences, and buildings on our reserves as needed.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Trail Maintenance

Love the outdoors? Help us pick up litter, cut back invasive vines and shrubs, and maintain trails at our reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham. Land stewardship activities are great for groups that want to volunteer. Contact us to arrange a group volunteer stewardship day.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Youth Education Assistant

Engage elementary-aged students in hands-on outdoor exploration by assisting with weekly school day programs. These school programs focus on connecting youth to their local environment. Volunteers must be available at least one day a week during school hours.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Community Outreach

If you love the Coalition and want to tell everybody about Buzzards Bay, then volunteer at a local fair or festival. Outreach volunteers hand out educational materials and talk to people about the Bay and the Coalition’s work. Even if you’ve never been an outreach volunteer before, we can pair you with an experienced volunteer.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Learning Center Support

Share your passion and knowledge about Buzzards Bay by joining our Learning Center support team. Learning Center volunteers are enthusiastic, dependable community members who choose to help out at one of our learning centers in New Bedford (year-round) or Westport (June to September). Volunteers also help with special projects around the office as needed.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Baywatchers

Join New England’s largest volunteer coastal monitoring program. Become a Baywatcher and help the Coalition test water in your community each summer. Some Baywatchers also assist with river herring monitoring in spring and stream flow monitoring throughout the year.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Distribute Promotional Materials

Help us promote the Swim, Watershed Ride, and other events by distributing promotional flyers and postcards in your community.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Office Support

If you prefer to help out indoors, we can use your time and skills around the office. Office support volunteers often stuff envelopes for membership mailings, staff our front reception desk, prepare event supplies, or provide other office tasks.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays
How you help The key to a clean, healthy Bay is an engaged community that understands the threats that Buzzards Bay faces and their own role in protecting it. Through community engagement, we’re creating a new generation of Bay stewards: People who understand their place in the Bay ecosystem and support its protection for decades to come.
About us For 25 years, the Coalition has kept a watchful eye on Buzzards Bay’s health. But we don’t just study the Bay; we put this science to work. Sound science forms the foundation of all our advocacy efforts to restore and protect clean water. Watershed protection is about conserving all of the parts of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem – not just its harbors and coves, but its forests, wetlands, rivers, streams, and groundwater. We pursue the restoration and protection of the Bay ecosystem at all levels of government: local, state, and federal. Through science and advocacy, we’re leading the way to restore the waters of Buzzards Bay for fish, shellfish, wildlife, and most importantly, people.
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