CONSERVE!: Unit 2.

Rocks, Ice and Dirt:

Geology & Climate

Below are opportunities for Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Volunteers to participate in stewardship and citizen science activities related to geology and climate throughout the Northern Piedmont Ecoregion. Please visit their Web sites to learn more about the groups and their volunteer opportunities.

Friends of the Wissahickon: Philadelphia, PA.


Founded in 1924, the non-profit The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) aims to protect the natural environment of the Wissahickon Valley and promote public awareness. The organization partners with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Fairmount Park to lead restoration projects, maintenance efforts, and other projects in an effort to promote the well-being and integrity of the park’s ecosystem. FOW welcomes the help of volunteers year round to aid in projects like tree plantings, trash clean-ups, wildlife management, invasive species control, and outreach activities.


The Friends of the Wissahickon, 8708 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118-2717; 215-247-0417;

For More Information:
Visit:  for more information about volunteer opportunities. An online form is available for completion to sign up for volunteer activities.

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Earth Team Volunteers: Nationwide ; PA-Statewide


Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), originally called the Soil Conservation Service, has helped America’s private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer’s specific needs. The NRCS created the Earth Team Volunteers Program so people can help right their own communities, whatever their talents maybe.

Volunteers plan and implement conservation practices on the land, conduct natural resources inventories, improve wildlife habitat, organize conservation tours and exhibits for school groups, organize data, prepare newsletters, take photos, write articles, produce artwork, and much more.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

For More Information:

National Earth Team volunteer page:

Pennsylvania Earth Team volunteer information page:

or contact the Pennsylvania Earth Team: USDA-NRCS, 359 East Park Drive, Suite 2
Harrisburg, PA  17111.  Phone (717) 237-2100

National Weather Service: Cooperative Observer Program : Nationwide


The National Weather Service’s (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) uses volunteers to collect information on weather and climate across the nation, providing representative data for the United States. According to the Web site, the program has two objectives:

  1. To provide observational meteorological data, usually consisting of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals, required to define the climate of the United States to help measure long-term climate changes and
  2. to provide observational meteorological data in near real-time to support forecast, warning, and other public service programs of the NWS.


This program is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Service, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

For More Information:
Visit: for listings of volunteer opportunities available.

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Unit 3: We’re All Connected: Ecology and the Circle of Life

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Unit 1: Introduction

Updated: June 2018