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Nature Centers and organizations advocating for plants, animals, forests, and parks


Howard County Conservancy

The Howard County Conservancy is a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate children and adults about the natural world, preserve the land and its legacy for future generations and model responsible stewardship of our environment.

Volunteers are needed for everything from office work to event staffing to leading nature hikes for kids.


Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks


Howard County offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring.  The Natural Resources division develops management plans, regulations, and outreach programs designed to preserve and protect Howard County's natural resources. 


They also need volunteers to help with conservation and research projects.


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Robinson Nature Center


Robinson is a nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  Our mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature.  

Volunteers are needed for many events and children's programs.


Safe Skies Maryland

Safe Skies Maryland is an initiative to raise awareness in all counties in Maryland about the threats of migratory and resident bird collisions with man-made structures and how we might employ science and technology to solve conservation needs.


University of Maryland Extension – Howard County

The University of Maryland Extension service assists Howard County citizens with programs for crop and animal production, fruit and vegetables, family resources, water quality, food, nutrition and health, 4-H youth development, fair and livestock shows, gardening and horticulture.

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